Daily rest period
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After the end of the daily working time, employees must be granted an uninterrupted rest period of at least eleven hours.
The collective bargaining agreement may reduce the uninterrupted rest period to at least eight hours, if another rest period is extended accordingly within the next ten calendar days. However, a reduction to less than ten hours is only possible if the collective bargaining agreement contains additional measures to ensure a recovery by employees.
Continuous shift work
In continuous shift work (also on the weekend), the daily rest period may be reduced to a shift length (but at least eight hours) once per shift rotation at the change of shift. Another daily rest period must be extended accordingly within the shift rotation.
Employers are responsible for complying with working time provisions. Infringements of the daily rest period provisions are punishable.
The → Labour InspectorateGerman text
Competent body for administrative penalties:
- The district authority (→ BH)German text,
- In chartered urban districts: the municipal executiveGerman text,
- In Vienna: the municipal district office (→ Magistratische Bezirksamt)German text
- "Working time, time off – general provisions" brochure (→ Labour Inspectorate)German text
- Overview of the working time limits (→ Labour Inspectorate)German text
- Working time limits in retail (→ Labour Inspectorate)German text
- Working time limits in construction (→ Labour Inspectorate)German text
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Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy