Rest Periods
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Rest Periods

Where the working day is longer than six hours, an employee is entitled to not less than fifteen minutes of rest, unless a longer period of rest is provided by any other regulation or agreement.

The employer is not obliged to pay the rest break since it is not considered as working time.

Rest period from one working day to another

Every worker is entitled to a minimum daily rest period of 11 consecutive hours.


Weekly day of rest

Every worker is entitled to an uninterrupted weekly rest period of 24 hours in addition to the 11 hours daily rest within a seven day period, or 48 consecutive hours in a period of fourteen days in addition to the 11 hours daily rest.



As a general rule, the daily and weekly rest periods are compulsory. However, in certain circumstances specified by the law, there may be the possibility for a worker not to take the full rest period, provided that equivalent compensatory rest periods are given to the worker concerned at times immediately following the corresponding periods worked.



No rest period can be substituted by monetary compensation. This practice is prohibited by law. (see L.N. 247 of 2003 - Organisation of Working Time Regulations).


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​This page was last updated on 12/05/2020. 


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