Hungary - Law that restricts workers’ rights - April 30, 2017

A legislative amendment under debate in the National Assembly could usher in drastic changes to labour practices and place further control over working hours into the hands of employers. If the amendments are passed, employers would be granted the ability to manipulate the working and non-working hours of workers at will; it would be possible to grant only a single off-day per week for seasonal workers and workers on multiple shifts, and still be in compliance with labour laws. It would also essentially eliminate the need for employers to pay extra for overtime work, as the overtime hours could simply be offset later by off-time.

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