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Working time, annual holidays and time off

Regular working time may not exceed eight hours per day and 40 hours per week. You will receive two days of holiday for each leave-earning month that you have worked if your employment has continued for less than one year at the end of the leave-earning year. Wages are paid for the holiday period and you may also be paid for holiday pay before or after your holiday.

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Working time

Working time is any time that you use for work and any time when you are required to remain at your workplace or be available to your employer.


You may agree with your employer that some or all of your work will be done outside the workplace, for example at home.

Earning annual holiday

A leave-earning month is any month when you have worked for at least 14 days or 35 hours.

Taking the holiday

Holiday days are defined differently in the private and public sectors. The employer has to consult your wishes, but the employer has the right to set the time for your holiday.

Annual holiday pay and holiday bonus

Wages are paid for the holiday period. If you work part-time or you can not hold accrued holidays, you will be paid a holiday allowance.

Job alternation leave

Job alternation leave is an arrangement enabling an employee to take a temporary leave of absence from work.

Study leave

You may take up to two years of study leave over a five-year period while remaining in the service of the same employer.