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Overtime is working more than the agreed working time. Overtime is the agreed work exceeding the working time, regardless whether the employee works full-time or with partial load. For example, if employee and employer have agreed on a partial working time of 4 hours per day, then working on the fifth hour is overtime work and must be compensated for accordingly. In the case of totalled working time calculation, the overtime work will become clear at the end of the calculation period.

Overtime work must be agreed by parties. As overtime work cannot be planned, employer and employee must agree separately on each time. Employer and employee cannot agree when concluding the employment contract that the employee will work overtime according to need because overtime is always an emergency situation.

Overtime is prohibited to:

  • Minors as it might be harmful for their health and development;
  • Employees who come in contact with risk factors in the working environment and whose working time has therefore been legally shortened;
  • Women who are pregnant or have a right for the pregnancy and motherhood leave – except when there is absolutely no danger to the employee’s health and the employee agrees working overtime.

For overtime compensations, read more here.

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