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The Law 97/2015 which modifies Article 137, paragraph 1 of Law 53/2003 – Labor Code was published in the Official Gazette and entered into force on 11 May. This amendment to the Labor Code requires clarification on weekly rest.
In this amendment the law specifies that “the weekly rest is 48 consecutive hours, usually on Saturday and Sunday”, unlike the original version: “the weekly rest is given on two consecutive days, usually on Saturday and Sunday.”
The initiators of this law states that this form is more concise and leave no room for interpretation.
The 48 consecutive hours is calculated the day after the day’s work: “for the full-time employees the normal working time is 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week,” it states in Article 112, paragraph 1 of the Labor Code.
The work schedule is specified in the internal regulation of the company and the distribution of working time during the week is “usually, uniform, 8 hours per day for 5 days with two days of rest,” the Labor Code – Article 113, paragraph 1.
And in case of shift work, the working time distribution must respect the normal duration of the working time of 40 hours per week, as specified in Article 113, paragraph 2.
Labor Code has been amended once this year, in January and focused on issues relating to the employee annual leaves. Read the information about the amendment on the Labor Code in January 2015.
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