Global Compliance Guide

Hours & Pay Regulations

Normal Working Hours

Maximum working time, including overtime, cannot exceed 48 hours per week. If the employee and the employer have an agreement for additional work hours, maximum working time may not exceed 12 hours per day and 60 per week.


Where an employee works under the cumulative working time regime, the maximum working time within each period of seven consecutive days may not exceed 52 hours.


Overtime cannot exceed eight hours in seven consecutive calendar days unless an employee gives written consent to work up to 12 overtime hours per week. Total hours worked cannot exceed 48 per week averaged over a period of up to three months. A different annual limit may be established in the collective bargaining agreement but cannot exceed 180 hours a year.


Overtime must be paid at a rate of at least 1.5 times the employee’s regular hourly pay. Employees who work overtime on a day of rest are entitled to double time.


An employer may order an employee to work overtime only in extraordinary cases specified in the Labor Code.

Night Work

If the employee works at night, the average working time on a night shift may not exceed 8 hours per working day (shift) during the reporting period of 3 months.


Employees must be allowed at least 11 hours of uninterrupted rest between one workday in each 24-hour period.


Employees are generally entitled to a break of between 30 minutes and two hours to rest and to eat, normally halfway through the workday but no later than after 5 consecutive working hours.

Public Holidays

The following paid public holidays are observed in Lithuania:

  • Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
  • Feb. 16: Day of Reestablishment of the State of Lithuania
  • March 11: Day of Reestablishment of Lithuania’s Independence
  • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
  • May 1: International Labor Day
  • First Sunday in May: Mother’s Day
  • First Sunday in June: Father’s Day
  • June 24: Rasos and St. John’s Day
  • July 6: Day of the State (Coronation of King Mindaugas)
  • Aug. 15: Assumption Day
  • Nov. 1: All Saints’ Day
  • Dec. 24: Christmas Eve
  • Dec. 25 and 26: Christmas

Holidays are observed on their calendar date. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it will not be moved to a weekday. Employees required to work on a public holiday must receive at least double their regular rate of pay or an extra rest day within the following month.

Annual Leave

Employees are entitled to paid annual leave of 20 working days or 24 working days if working six days a week. One installment of annual leave may not be:

      • Shorter than 10 working days;
      • Shorter than 12 working days (if an employee works 6 days per week).

Annual leave for the first working year is generally granted after six months of uninterrupted work at the enterprise. For the second and subsequent working years, annual leave is granted according to a schedule stipulated in a collective agreement or agreed upon by the employer and its employees. Certain categories of employee (e.g., women on maternity leave, minors) have the right to choose the time of their annual leave.


Public holidays falling within a period of annual leave is not counted as part of annual leave.

Minimum Wage

Effective Jan 2019, the monthly minimum wage is 555 euros.

Special Leave

Maternity Leave

Expectant mothers are entitled to maternity leave of 70 calendar days before childbirth and 56 or (in the event of complicated confinement or birth of two or more children) 70 calendar days after. Employees who have been appointed guardians of newly born children are entitled to paid leave from the date guardianship is awarded until the child is 70 days old.

Paternity Leave

Men are entitled to 30 days of uninterrupted paid paternity leave, which may be granted any time from the date of birth until the child is 3 months old.

Sick Leave

For the first two days of absence, the sickness allowance is paid by the employer. The allowance may not be smaller than 80 percent or larger than 100 percent of the employee’s average monthly salary. From the third to the seventh day of absence, the sickness allowance is paid from the State Social Insurance Fund at 40 percent of average monthly salary and from the eighth day at 80 percent until the employee is able to work or is declared disabled.

Parental Leave

A parent or grandparent, other custodial relative or guardian is eligible for parental leave up to a child’s third birthday, either continuous or incremental. Leave may be shared between eligible caregivers.


A child-raising benefit is paid by the State Social Insurance Fund from the expiration of maternity leave until the child reaches age 12 or 24 months, 100 percent of salary for one year or 70 percent for two.

Adoption Leave

An adoptive mother or father is entitled to three months’ childcare leave.

Last updated on: July 16th, 2019