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Working hours 

According to the Labour Law working hours is a period from the beginning to the end of the work. Within its framework an employee performs a work and is under the service of employer. Work breaks are exceptions.

The beginning and the end of working hours is organized by the internal work regulations, shift schedules or employment contract.

There are several ways to regulate working hours:

  • Regular shortened working hours - is applied to employees whose work is related to particular hazard and does not exceed 7 hours per day or 35 hours per week or 50% from regular daily or weekly working hours.
  • Part-time working hours - employer and employee can agree in the employment contract upon the part-time work that is shorter than regular 8 hours daily or 40 hours weekly working hours.
  • Extra hours - working hours performed by the employee beyond the regular working hours. Employee can be employed in this type of work without his or her written consent only in cases of the most urgent necessity and also in order to avert the consequences of force majeure, accident or any event caused by external factors when the urgent unexpected work must be completed outside the regular hours. Employee is not allowed to work more than 144 extra hours within four months. Persons younger than 18 are not allowed to work extra hours. Pregnant woman, woman one year after delivery and breast-feeding woman during the entire period of breast-feeding can work extra hours only in cases of her written agreement.
  • Night work - any work performed by the employee more than two hours starting from 10 PM until 6 AM. Employee performs the night work according to the shift schedule or at least 50 days within calendar year. 
  • Shift work - ensures uninterrupted work. The most often cases are the first or the second morning shift, the second or the third day shift and the third or night shift. A schedule is required for the shift work and employee cannot work two shifts in a row. Responsibility of the employer is to ensure a rest, to introduce with shift schedules not later than one month after their coming into the force. 
  • Time credits - used in cases if due to the work features it is not possible performing the regular daily or weekly working hours, for instance, in production enterprises or enterprises providing services. Time credits must not exceed the regular working hours set for the respective employee within the report period. If no longer period is stipulated in the collective agreement or the employment contract, report period for time credits is one month. Employee and employer can agree in the employment contract about the length of the report period but it may not exceed three months but in the collective agreement it may not exceed 12 months. Within the framework of time credits regardless of the case it is prohibited to employ a person more than 24 hours in a row and 56 hours per week. If the work is performed according to time credits, employee receives a period for the rest immediately after performing the work.

Persons under 18 are allowed to work 5 days per week.

Any changes in working hours must be mutually agreed with the employer.