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Rearrangement of working time

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Employers have the right to occupy the employees for 2 extra hours per day and in maximum 48 hours per week for 6 months per year without paying overtime premiums and as an offset they must provide extra days off work. The employee has the right not to work overtime if he is not able to do it and without being biased.
Target group
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
This policy started in 1990(Law 1892 article 41) reformed in 1998(Law 2639 article 3), 2000(Law 2874 article 5), 2005(Law 3385 article 2) and 2010(Law 3846 article 7) and currently in 2011(Law 3896 article 42).
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: all employers
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Increase productivity by reducing the labor cost
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • wages
  • working time
Intended target group
Private sector employees
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Employers-private institutional actors
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
    Intended output
    • regulation of the labour market
    • wages
    • working time
    Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
    The flexible arrangement of working time increases productivity and the same time minimizes the need of firms for hiring temporally employees especially in seasonal activities(e.g. tourism).
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