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Labour Code of Czech Republic (Overtime)

Act No. 262/2006 Coll., Labour Code, § 93, 78(i) and 114

Overtime work is work performed by an employee, which exceeds standard weekly working hours following the predetermined schedule of working hours and above the pattern of shifts.

An employee cannot perform more than 8 hours of overtime work in one week and 150 hours of overtime work within one calendar year.

Average weekly overtime work may not exceed 8 hours in a period which may not exceed 26 consecutive weeks. However, this period can be increased to 52 consecutive weeks based on a collective agreement.

Pay – An employee is entitled to at least 25% of average earnings unless the employer and the employee have agreed that instead of the premium pay for overtime work, the employee will take compensatory time off for the overtime hours worked.

If the employer does not give the employee the compensatory time off within 3 months after performing the overtime work, or within another agreed period, the employee is entitled to the premium of 25% of average earnings, in addition to regular salary.

An agreement between the employer and employee can be formed which provides for wages has been agreed for up to 150 hours of overtime work to be availed in case of overtime work performed by the employee instead of receiving the general premium pay or compensatory time off for overtime work.

For part-time employees, overtime means any work exceeding their predetermined weekly working hours. However, part-timers may not be ordered to work overtime.

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