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Armenia - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

29 August 2011


Duration

General

Generally, the duration of annual leave shall be 28 days.

Extended annual leave up to 35 calendar days shall be granted to certain categories of employees whose wok involves great nervous, emotional and intellectual strain and professional risk.

In addition, an extra annual leave may be granted to the employees working in dangerous and harmful conditions, for employees with unregulated schedules, and for employees doing work of special nature.
Labour Code Art.159,160,161


Payment

Amount

The employer pays the average wage to the employee for annual leave, which is calculated by multiplying the average daily wage of the employee with the number of days of the leave being provided.
Labour Code Art.169

Date of payment

The pay for annual leave shall be paid at least three calendar days before the commencement of annual leave. Where the pay due to the employee is not paid at the defined period not through the fault of the employee, annual leave shall be extended by as many days the pay was delayed, and the pay for the extended period shall be the same as the pay for annual leave.
Labour Code Art.169.2


Number and dates

In the Republic of Armenia the holidays and memory non working days are the following:
1) December 31. January 1 and January 2 -New Year; 2) January 6- Christmas; 3) January 28 -Day of the Army; 4) March 8- Women’s Day; 5) April 24-Commemoration day of Genocide Victims; 6) May 1- Day of Labour; 7) May 9-Day of Victory and Peace; 8) May 28 -Holiday of Republic; 9) July 5 -Day of the Constitution; 10) September 21- Day of Independence.
Labour Code Art. 156


Austria - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

29 November 2011.


Duration

General

The employee shall be paid for annual leave. If the employee has less than 25 years of service, s/he shall be given 30 days of annual leave. If the employee has 25 years of more, s/he shall be given 36 days of annual leave.
Annual Leave Act §2(1)
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 30 days (employment of less than 25 years) 36 days (employment of 25 years or more)
  • 2007: 30 days (employment of less than 25 years) 36 days (employment of 25 years or more)
  • 1995: 30 working days.


Payment

Amount

During leave the employee retains the right to remuneration according to the following:
After weeks, months or longer periods, the remuneration for the holiday may not be reduced.
In every other case, a regular wage for holiday shall be paid. Regular wage is that the employee would receive, if s/he would be working.
Collective agreements may regulate the benefits to which the worker is entitled to, as well as the methods of calculation of the holiday remuneration, notwithstanding paragraphs 3 and 4 above.
Annual Leave Act §6(1)(2)(3)(5)

Date of payment

The payment for the total duration of the annual leave shall be made before the beggining of the leave.
Annual Leave Act §6(6)


Number and dates

For the purpose of this Federal Act, public holidays shall be:
January 1 (New Year’s Day), January 6 (Epiphany), Easter Monday, May 1 (national holiday), As-cension Day, Whit Monday, Corpus Christi Day, August 15 (Assumption Day), October 26 (national holiday), November 1 (All Saints’ Day), December 8 (Immaculate Conception), December 25 (Christ-mas), December 26 (Boxing Day).
Work and Rest Act §7(2)


Payment

Workers shall retain their entitlements to pay for hours of work lost due to any public holiday or substitute rest (§ 6).
Workers shall be entitled to the level of pay they would have received if hours of work were not lost for the reasons mentioned in paragraph 1.
Work and Rest Act §9(1)(2)


Belgium - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

17 September 2012

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Duration

General

In the private sector, the number of days of annual leave depends in each case on the number of days of work performed by a worker per week and the number of weeks of work performed during the calendar year immediately preceding the year during which the holidays are taken.

In this sense, after one year of full employment, the employee shall be entitled to:
- 24 working days if they work 6 days per week; and
- 20 working days if they work 5 days per week.
Law Setting Legal Rules Regarding Annual Holidays Art. 3
Royal Order of 30 March 1967
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: The number of holidays depends on the number of days worked per week and the number of weeks worked per year. If the employee works a full year: 24 days for a 6 day week. 20 days for a 5 day week.
  • 2007: 24 days per year worked
  • 1995: 24 days.


Payment

Amount

For blue-collar workers (ouvriers), holiday pay is paid by the holiday fund to which they are affiliated. That means that the employer does not pay any wages to his workers but he does have to pay a special social security contribution in order to finance the holidays of his blue-collar workers. They receive 15,38% of their salary earned in the preceeding year.

For white-collar workers (employés), the holiday pay is paid by the employer who pays wages to his employees. They receive their nomal remuneration for the time of holidays and a supplement of one twelveth of 92% of their gross salary of the month in which the holidays start.

Date of payment

The payment of the annual leave shall be made at the moment of commencement of such leave.
If the annual leave period is splitted, the payment shall be made at the moment the worker takes the main period of the annual leave, but not earlier than on the 2 of May in each year.
Royal Order of 30 March 1967 Art.23


Number and dates

Ten days.
New Year’s Day (1 January); Easter Monday; Labour Day (1 May); Ascension Day; Whit Monday; National holiday (21 July); Assumption Day (15 August); All Saints’ Day (1 November); Armistice Day (11 November); Christmas Day (25 December)

If a public holiday coincides with a Sunday it is replaced by a free day.
Act Regarding Public Holidays Art. 4,6
http://www.emploi.belgique.be/defaultTab.aspx?id=11234


Payment

Workers are entitled to pay for each public holiday and for each compensatory rest day.
Act Regarding Public Holidays Art.14


Bulgaria - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

12 September 2012

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Duration

General

Every worker shall be entitled to enjoy at least 20 work days of annual leave.
Labour Code Art.155(1)(4)
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 20 working days
  • 2007: 20 working days
  • 1995: 14 working days.

Exceptions

According to the special nature of their work, some categories of employees shall be entitled to an extension of the annual paid leave.

To this respect, workers with unhealthy or special conditions of work (where risks to their lives and health cannot be reduced regardless of measures taken) are entitled to at least five additional leave days.

A longer duration of the annual leave period may be agreed in a collective agreement, as well as between the parties to an employment relationship.
Labour Code Art.155(5), 156, 156bis


Payment

Amount

During the annual leave period, the worker shall be entitled to a remuneration calculated from the average daily gross pay in the last month preceeding the enjoyment of such leave, provided that he/ she has worked at least 10 days.

It shall be prohibited to compensate for the annual paid leave in cash, except at the termination of the employment relationship.
Labour Code Art. 177, 178

Date of payment

The remuneration for the annual leave is paid at the request of the employee, at least 3 days before the start of the leave.
Decree No. 72/1986 on hours of work, rest and leave Art.41


Number and dates

13 days.

January 1 - New Year; March 3 - the Day of the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman Domination - the National Day; May 1 - the Day of Labour and International Workers’ Solidarity; May 6 - St.George’s - the Day of Valour - the Bulgarian Armed Forces Day; May 24 - the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and of Slavonic Letters; September 6 - Unification Day; September 22 - Bulgaria’s Independence Day; November 1 - the Day of the Leaders of the Bulgarian National Revival - a legal holiday for all educational establishments; December 24 - Christmas Eve; December 25 and 26 - Christmas; Easter - two days (Sunday and Monday) on which it is celebrated in the respective year.

In addition to that, the Council of Ministers may also declare other days for one-time public holidays, or for the commemoration of certain professions.
In these cases, the duration of the work week shall not be longer than 48 hours, and the duration of the week rest – not shorter than 24 hours.
Labour Code Art.154(1)(2)


Croatia - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

3 October 2012


Duration

General

An employee has the right to paid annual leave in the duration of at least four weeks for each calendar year.
Labour Act Art.55(1)
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 18 days
  • 2007: 18 days
  • 1995: 18 working days.

Exceptions

An annual leave longer than the minimum period of 4 weeks may be established by a collective agreement, under employment rules or employment contract.

Employees who carry out harmful tasks to their health, despite the application of occupational safety and health measures, shall be entitled to enjoy an annual leave with a duration of at least 5 weeks for each calendar year.
Labour Act Art.55(2),56(1)


Payment

Amount

While on annual leave, the employee has the right to salary compensation in an amount determined by a collective agreement, employment rules or employment contract.
The salary compensation may not be lower than the employee’s average monthly salary in the preceding three months (also taking into account any other monetary or in-kind benefits, which represent remuneration for work done).
Labour Act Art.60(1)


Number and dates

January 1, New Year’s Day; January 6, Epiphany; Easter and Easter Monday; 1 May, Labour Day; Corpus Christi; 22 June, Anti-Fascist Struggle Day; 25 June, Statehood Day; 5 August, Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders; 15 August, Assumption of Mary; 8 October, Independence Day; 1 November, All Saints Day; 25 December, Christmas; 26 December, the first day after Christmas, St Stephen´s Day.
Act on Public Holidays Commemoration Days and Other Holidays Art.1


Payment

Employees shall enjoy public holidays with remuneration.
Act on Public Holidays Commemoration Days and Other Holidays Art.5


Cyprus - Working time - 2009


LAST UPDATE

24 April 2009


Duration

General

20 working days for 5-day workweek; 24 working days for 6-day workweek.
Organisation of Working Time Law §8(1)
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2007: 20 working days for 5-day workweek; 24 working days for 6-day workweek
  • 1995: No legal provision.


Czech Republic - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

15 July 2012


Duration

General

The basic vacation allowance is a minimum of 4 weeks per calendar year. Employees of employers who are not part of the private sector or engaged in non-commercial activities are entitled to a vacation allowance of 5 weeks.

Teachers and the academic staff of higher education institutions are entitled to a vacation allowance of 8 weeks per calendar year.

An employee is entitled to proportional part of annual leave for every month of her/his employment with the same employer and this proportional part equals 1/12 of annual leave for every calendar month of employment.
Labour Code Art.212(1)(2); 213(1)(2)(3)
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: The standard length of annual leave is four weeks. Eight weeks for pedagogical employees and academic employees of universities. 5 weeks for employees working for: the government, self-governing local area entity, state fund and school.
  • 2007: Four weeks. Five weeks for employees working underground, extracting minerals or tunnelling. Five weeks for employees who are not engaged in business activities. Eight weeks for pedagogical employees and academic employees of universities. The standard length of annual leave is 4 weeks. 5 weeks for employees working for: the government, self-governing local area entity, state fund and school. 8 weeks for pedagogical employees and academic employees of universities. Workers whose working hours are unevenly scheduled over individual weeks or the entire calendar year are entitled to take so many days of annual leave as is the number of working days per his time of leave, based on the annual average.
  • 1995: 21 calendar days.


Payment

Amount

A worker is entitled to a payment in the amount of his or her average earnings.
Labour Code Art.222(1)


Number and dates

01.01. Restoration of the Czech Independence Day; New Year’s Day; Easter Monday; 01.05. Labour Day; 08.05. Liberation Day; 05.07. Cyril and Method Day; 06.07. Jan Hus Day; 28.09. St. Wenceslas Day (Czech Statehood Day); 28.10. Independent Czechoslovak State Day; 17.11. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day; 24.12. Christmas Eve; 25.12. Christmas Day; 26.12. Boxing Day
Public Holidays Act Art.1
Webiste of the European Commission


Denmark - Working time - 2011


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Duration

General

Employees are entitled to enjoy 25 days of annual leave for one year of employment.
Consolidated Holiday Act S.8(1)
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 25 days
  • 2007: 25 days
  • 1995: 24 working days or 5 weeks.

Exceptions

In relation to work with a shorter duration of 1 month, the annual leave period shall be calculated in proportion to the duration of the employment period provided that every employee shall be entitled to 2.08 days of paid holiday for each month of employment during a calendar year (qualification year).
Consolidated Holiday Act S.7


Payment

Amount

The pay corresponding to the annual leave shall correspond to the ordinary pay in addition to:
(1) the value of any fringe benefits that are not available to the worker during the holiday; and
(2) a holiday supplement of 1% of the annual wage.
Consolidated Holiday Act S.23(2)

Date of payment

The holiday supplement must be paid at the start of the holiday at the latest.
Consolidated Holiday Act S.23(4)


Number and dates

January 1st, New Year´s Day; The Thursday before Easter Sunday, Maundy Thursday; The Friday before Easter Sunday, Good Friday; March/April, Easter Sunday; The day after Easter Sunday, Easter Monday; The 4th Friday after Easter, The 4th Friday after Easter; 40 days after Easter, Ascension Day; 7 weeks after Easter, Whit Sunday; 7 weeks +1 day after Easter, 7 weeks +1 day after Easter; December 25, First Day of Christmas; December 26, Second Day of Christmas.
Law regarding mandatory shop closing S.2


Estonia - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

4 September 2012

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Duration

General

It is presumed that an employee’s annual holiday is 28 calendar days, unless the employee and the employer have agreed on a longer period, or unless otherwise provided by law.
Holidays Act S.9(1)
Employment Contracts Act S.55
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 28 calendar days.

Exceptions

Employees have the right to an additional holiday if they are engaged inter alia in work which poses a health hazard and work of a special nature, as established by a Government Regulations.
Holidays Act S.10


Payment

Amount

An employee has the right to receive holiday pay calculated on his average wages.
The Government of the Republic shall establish by a regulation the conditions and
procedure for payment of average wages.
Employment Contracts Act S.70(1)

Date of payment

Holiday pay shall be paid no later than on the penultimate working day before the start of the holiday, unless the employer and the employee have agreed otherwise.
An agreement on the basis of which holiday pay is paid later than on the pay day following the use of the holiday is void.
Employment Contracts Act S.70(2)


Number and dates

The national day and a day of rest is:
24 February, Independence Day and anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Public holidays and days of rest are:
1 January – New Year’s Day; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; 1 May – May Day; Pentecost; 23 June – Victory Day; 24 June – Midsummer Day; 20 August – Day of Restoration of Independence; 24 December – Christmas Eve; 25 December – Christmas Day; 26 December – Boxing Day.

An employer shall shorten the working day preceding New Year’s Day, the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, Victory Day and Christmas Eve by three hours.
Public Holidays and Days of National Importance Act S.1, 2
Employment Contracts Act S.53


Finland - Working time - 2011


LAST UPDATE

7 August 2012


Duration

General

An employee is entitled to 2 weekdays for each month worked and 2.5 weekdays for each month worked after one year of employment.
Annual Holidays Act S.5
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Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 2 weekdays for each month worked 2.5 weekdays for each month worked after one year of employment
  • 2007: 2.5 days for each month worked
  • 1995: 2,5 days per month after 1 year of service.


Payment

Amount

An employee is entitled to receive at least his/her regular or average pay for the time of his/her annual holiday.
Annual Holidays Act S.9, 10


Number and dates

New Year’s Day, 1 January; Epiphany, 6 January; Good Friday, 6 April; Easter Monday, 9 April; Vappu (May Day), 1 May, Ascension Day, 17 May; Midsummer’s Eve, 22 June; Independence Day, 6 December; Christmas Eve, 24 December; Christmas Day, 25 December and Boxing Day, 26 December.
Annual Holidays Act Section 4
Collective Agreement Section 17, clause 1

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Payment

The employee shall be paid for 8 hours at the average hourly earnings rate in compensation for a public holiday day.
Collective Agreement S. 17

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