Working hours and annual holiday

The Working Hours Act is a general act regulating working hours and it applies to both contractual and public-service employment relationships. There are also provisions on working hours in the Young Workers’ Act, Seamen’s Working Hours Act, the Act on Working Hours on Vessels in Domestic Traffic and the EU regulation on driving times and rest periods in road traffic.

Provisions on the right of employees to annual holidays are contained in the Annual Holidays Act. The act contains provisions on the accrual of annual holiday, pay during the annual holiday and the granting of the annual holiday and it applies to both private and public sector.

Labour law, brochures

Further information:

Guidance and supervision of  labour legislation: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Osha)
Law-drafting: Tarja Kröger, tarja.kroger(at)

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