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What is overtime?

This work is extraordinary, which is performed on the basis of an already concluded employment contract with the employer, but is carried out outside the established working hours and is paid additionally. There must be an order or be with the knowledge and without the opposition of the employer or the relevant manager.

When is overtime allowed?

Initially, overtime is prohibited, but it is allowed with exception in the following cases:

for carrying out work in connection with the defense of the country;

• for the performance of work by employees of the Ministry of the Interior, related to the production of elections, preparation of expertise and psychological support during operational-search activities and control of critical situations, as well as for other work related to security and preservation of public order ;

• to prevent, control and overcome the consequences of disasters;

• to carry out urgent socially necessary works to restore water supply, electricity supply, heating, sewage, transport and communication links and provide medical assistance;

for carrying out emergency restoration works and repairs in the work premises, on machines or other equipment;

• to finish the work started that cannot be done during regular working hours;

• to perform intensive seasonal work.

How long can overtime be?

Overtime for each worker cannot exceed 150 hours in one calendar year.

Under certain conditions, with a concluded collective labor agreement, longer overtime can be agreed upon, but not more than 300 hours in one calendar year.

The duration of overtime cannot exceed:

• 30 hours of daytime or 20 hours of night work in 1 calendar month;

• 6 hours of daytime or 4 hours of night work during 1 calendar week;

• 3 hours day or 2 hours night work in 2 consecutive working days.

Persons who cannot work overtime are:

• workers who have not reached the age of 18;

• pregnant workers or in an advanced stage of in-vitro treatment;

• mothers with children up to 6 years of age, as well as mothers who take care of disabled children regardless of their age, except with their written consent;

• employed workers or employees except with their consent and if this does not adversely affect their health according to the conclusion of the health authorities;

• workers or employees who continue their education without breaking away from production except with their consent.

Can we refuse to work overtime?

Every worker has the right to refuse overtime if there are legal reasons for doing so.

Obligations of the employer

• To pay the worker the overtime worked;

• When working overtime, the employer is obliged to keep a special book for reporting the overtime work of its workers;

• The employer is obliged to submit information to the labor inspectorate about overtime during the calendar year by January 31 of the following calendar year.




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