Working time

Working time is the period of time during which an employee is at the employer’s disposal, performs work and carries out duties in accordance with the employment contract. Working time must always be defined in the employment contract. The basic division is: standard working schedule or in shifts. The employee’s average weekly working time, including overtime, must not exceed 48 hours.

✅Shift work

Double shift – working time is 38 hours and 45 minutes per week. In this case, the employee works alternately in both shifts.
Three-shift and continuous operation – working time is 37 hours and 30 minutes per week. In this case, the employee works alternate shifts.
If the shift lasts longer than 6 hours, the employee is entitled to a 30-minute break, which is not counted as working time.

✅ Standard working schedule

An employee works 5 days a week for 40 hours.
If the employee works continuously for more than 6 hours, he is entitled to a 30-minute break, which is not counted as working time. In case of underage employees under 16 years of age, the maximum weekly working time is 30 hours per week. An underaged employee over the age of 16 can work a maximum of 37 hours and 30 minutes. If an underage employee works continuously for more than 4 and a half hours, he/she is entitled to a break of 30 minutes, which is not counted as his/her working time.

✅ Part-time working schedule

A part-time contract is agreed between the employer and the employee and must be defined in the employment contract. According to the Labour Code, the employer is obliged to comply with the employee’s request for part-time work. With the agreement of the employee, it is also possible to change the part-time working hours to regular working hours.

✅ Flexible working schedule

Flexitime is a way of arranging working time. It can be introduced collectively or individually. In the case of flexitime, core time is precisely defined. During this time, the employee must be at the workplace/ reachable/ perform his/her work. The remaining hours can be worked at the employee’s discretion within a wider time range. Flexible working hours are a very popular benefit at the moment.

18. August 2022 | Mária Brachtlová

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