Slovakia labor requirements

The employment relationship in Slovakia is governed by the constitution, statutes, and collective bargaining agreements. The underlying legal regulation is the Labor Code.

Replicon offers a default, configurable pay rule that allows you to easily meet Slovakian labor law requirements that apply at the national level. Note that our out-of-the-box solution doesn’t cover regulations defined by collective bargaining agreements.

Hours and pay regulations

Normal working hours

An employee’s maximum weekly working time is 40 hours.

For any employee who regularly works:

  • Both shifts of a two-shift operation, the maximum working time is 38¾ hours per week
  • All shifts of a three-shift operation or all shifts of a continuous operation, the maximum work time is 37½ hours per week


Employees must be paid a 25 percent premium for time worked in excess of the weekly standard hours, although the employee may agree to compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay. The overtime premium for hazardous work must be at least 35 percent.

Average weekly working hours including overtime generally cannot exceed 48.

An employee can be required to work up to 150 hours of overtime in a calendar year and can voluntarily work up to 400 hours.

Night work

If the majority of a shift falls between 10 p.m. and 6 p.m., it is considered a night shift. Employees who work night shifts are entitled to a wage surcharge of at least 20 percent of their minimum wage for night hours worked.

Public holidays

Employees must be paid their normal rate plus a surcharge of at least 50 percent of their average earnings if they work on a public holiday, even if that holiday falls on their rest day.

If an employee doesn’t work because a public holiday falls on their normal working day, they are entitled to wage compensation equal to their average earnings. However, for employees who are paid monthly, holidays are counted and paid as normal working days, therefore they are not entitled to wage compensation for public holidays.