Salary benefits from 1 May 2019

The Act No. 311/2001 Coll. Labour Code was amended by the Act No. 63/2018 Coll. and new provisions related to the salary benefits for work on Saturday and Sunday have been added to the Labor Code by this Act, which came into effect from 1 May 2018. These new salary benefits have been added to the already existing salary benefits for work on the public holidays and night work.


Moreover, the above-mentioned salary benefits were increased with effect from 1 May 2019. Under the current legislation, employees are entitled to receive the following salary benefits:

a) Work on the public holidays: employee is entitled to receive the salary benefit in the amount of 100% of his average salary.

b) Work on Saturday: employee is entitled to receive the salary benefit for every hour of work on Saturday at least in the amount of 50% of the minimum salary per hour. If the work is carried out by the employer on a regular basis on Saturday, lower salary benefit may be agreed, but at least in the amount of 45% of the minimum salary per hour. This lower salary benefit can be agreed in the collective agreement or in the labour contract if there is no labour union established within the employer and there were less than 20 employees working for the employer by the end of the previous year.

c) Work on Sunday: employee is entitled to receive the salary benefit for every hour of work on Sunday at least in the amount of 100% of the minimum salary per hour. If the work is carried out by the employer on a regular basis on Saturday, lower salary benefit may be agreed, but at least in the amount of 90% of the minumum salary per hour. This lower salary benefit can be agreed in the collective agreement or in the labour contract if there is no labour union established within the employer and there were less than 20 employees working for the employer by the end of the previous year.

d) Night work: employee is entitled to receive the salary benefit for every hour of night work at least in the amount of 40% of the minimum salary per hour. In case of the risky work, the employee is entitled to receive the salary benefit for every hour of night work at least in the amount of 50% of the minumum salary per hour. If the work is carried out by the employer on a regular basis at night, lower salary benefit may be agreed, but at least in the amount of 35% of the minimum salary per hour. This lower salary benefit can be agreed in the collective agreement or in the labour contract if there is no labour union established within the employer and there were less than 20 employees working for the employer by the end of the previous year. However, it is not possible to reduce the salary benefit for night work if the employees are performing risky work.

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