As we said in the article published here on site on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at least 24 hours of uninterrupted repose should be granted within a seven days period. This is the provision in Directive 2003/88 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council from November 4th, 2003 concerning certain aspects of the organization of working time, and EU Member States, like Romania, have the possibility to set even more advantageous rules for employees.
“Weekly repose is of 48 consecutive hours, usually Saturdays and Sundays. If repose granted on Saturdays and Sundays would harm the public interest or normal course of work, weekly repose can be granted on other days set by applicable work collective agreement labor or internal regulation”, it is written in the Labor Code.
If the repose is not granted on Saturdays and Sundays, but on other days, the employees must receive a salary increase.
“Under exceptional circumstances, weekly repose days are granted cumulatively after a period of continuous activity that cannot exceed 14 calendar days, with the approval of the territorial labor inspectorate and with the agreement of the trade union or, as the case may be, of the representatives of the employees”, it is also written in the Labor Code, and in this case the salary increase must be double that of the one we mentioned it before.
Special rules are applied to employees who work in shifts. The repose is still of 48 hours, but the employer has to provide at least 48 hours of free time between the last shift of the week and the first shift of the next week. And, in addition, those who work in shifts must receive at least eight free hours between shifts, without exceeding 12 working hours per day.
Important! Failing to comply with the legal provisions regarding the granting of the weekly repose shall be sanctioned with fines from 1 500 lei to 3 000 lei, accordingly to the Labor Code.