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Additional work

Additional work refers to work performed in addition to the agreed working hours that does not exceed the regular working hours specified by law. Additional work must be agreed separately and reimbursed according to the salary or wages for regular working hours.

An employee’s working hours may be extended by additional work or overtime work at the employer’s initiative. Additional work includes working hours that fall below the regular hours of the Working Hours Act (8 h/day or 40 h/week), the hours agreed in the collective agreement or locally agreed hours, which, however, exceed the regular hours agreed at the employer’s initiative (typically 37.5 h/week).

Employees are entitled to at least normal pay or leave corresponding to the hours worked for additional work. Collective agreements often contain provisions on the compensation for additional work not found in the law. Additional work may only be performed with the employee’s consent, so this is often agreed in advance in the employment contract . However, the employee has the right, for a justified personal reason, to refuse to work an additional shift on their day off, despite having consented to additional work.

Education tips on the topic

You can also learn more about the topic in the online working life training library, which is part of your member benefits. To access the courses, you must sign up to the online training library. If you have already taken advantage of your free membership benefit and started using the service, log in and click directly to the trainings from the links below. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can do so in the Webinars and Courses section in the Oma+ service for our members

Regular working hours, additional work and overtime