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Daily and weekly rest period

Labour Code ensures employees the right to daily and weekly rest. Employees are entitled to at least 11 hours of uninterrupted rest in each 24-hour period (article  132 § 1 of the Labour Code).

The aforesaid provision does not apply to:

  • employees managing the work establishment on behalf of the employer,
  • cases consisting in performing a rescue operation to protect human life or health, to protect property or the environment, or to repair a breakdown (article  132 §2 of the Labour Code)

In the aforesaid cases, the employee is entitled to an equivalent period of rest, within the settlement period (article  132 §3 of the Labour Code).

Employees are entitled to at least 35 hours of uninterrupted rest every week, including at least 11 hours of uninterrupted rest in a 24-hour period  (article  132 §1 of the Labour Code).

In case of employees managing the work establishment on behalf of the employer or the need to perform a rescue operation and in the event of a change of the time when an employee is performing work, following the employee's transfer to another shift, in accordance with the applicable working time system, the weekly uninterrupted rest may include fewer hours, but may not be shorter than 24 hours (article  132 §2 of the Labour Code).

Weekly rest should fall on a Sunday.  Sunday comprises 24 consecutive hours, starting from 6.00 on that date, unless the employer concerned established  another time (Article 133 § 3 of the Labour Code).  In the cases of permitted work on Sundays, weekly rest period may be on a different day than Sunday (Article 133 § 4 of the Labour Code).

If the daily working time of an employee is at least 6 hours, an employee has the right to a break in work lasting at least 15 minutes, included in the working time (Article 134 of the Labour Code).

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