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Frequently Asked Questions about Working Hours

1.  Do working hours impact my wage?

Yes, working hours are related to your wage. Therefore, in order to receive a relevant remuneration, you always have to check the registration of your working hours performed by your employer.

2. What can I do when I am not sure about the wage received and working hours performed?

As soon as you have the doubts about the working hours performed and the wage received or other questions you have to check them with your employer immediately. It is very complicated to prove any facts later.

3. When am I entitled to the rest breaks?

If you are working more than 6 hours in a row you are entitled to the break not later than 4 hours after the commencement of the work. The break shall be at least 30 minutes long. The length of the break is determined after the employer has consulted the representatives of the employees.

4. Who is entitled to additional breaks?

Additional breaks shall be assigned to employees feeding the infant and to those subject a special risk at job.

5. Am I entitled to additional remuneration for working overtime?

You are entitled to an additional payment in the amount of at least 100% of the hourly or daily rate for working overtime. Since the overtime is often underpaid you should always make sure that the remuneration is appropriate for your working hours.

6. Do I have the right to not work overtime?

You have to agree on overtime work with you employer in written. If there is no such written agreement then you have the right to not work overtime. Though the employer may impose overtime work on the employee without the written agreement of the latter in the following cases of exception:

  • if required by the most urgent needs of the society;
  • to eliminate the consequences of force majeure, accident or other emergency jeopardizing the normal course of work in the enterprise;
  • to finish on time an urgent, previously not foreseen job.

7. What should I do if I want to be properly remunerated for working overtime but cannot prove it because I do not have a written agreement with my employer?

In cases like this you have to be alert yourself, control your working hours and think “one step ahead” instead of just relying on your employer.

8. In what cases the employee has the right to work part-time?

The employer has to provide the following groups of persons with the opportunity to work part-time: pregnant women, women during one year after giving birth, breast feeding mothers – during all the breast feeding period, employees with a child under the age of 14 or a disabled child under the age of 18. The employee may allow also other employees to work part-time should there be such an opportunity in the enterprise.

9. What are the rights of the employees working part-time?

Persons working part-time have the same rights, for example, on the annual paid vacation as the other employees working full-time.