Just like every labour legislation has got its working time regulations, it also needs to provide for situations when the employee exceeds his or her working hours. This is referred to as overtime work.

Formally, overtime work is permitted only when:

  • it is required by particular needs of the employer;
  • it is necessary to set up a search and rescue team in order to save life or health, or to protect property or repair a breakdown.

Polish Labour Code sets a cap on the amount of overtime work an employee may perform. There is a weekly cap and a yearly cap.

The weekly cap is 8 hours of overtime work. Altogether the amount of hours to be worked during a week (including regular and overtime hours) may not exceed 48.

The yearly cap is 150 hours of overtime work required by particular needs of the employer. However, this limit may be – and often is – extended in an individual employment contact, the collective labour agreement or the employer’s internal regulations.

The Labour Code provides for several options of compensation for overtime work, depending on the employee’s position and the time when extra work was performed. I will write more about this in the next post.

 

 

 

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