Is your company operating in a business industry where employees are working during weekends? Indeed, there are some areas or industries in which companies need to carry out their activities and ask their employees to come to work on weekends. For example, we may be talking here about employees operating in the field of services (for example, those who work in cafes, hotels, restaurants, beauty salons, etc.), or from retail: for example, commercial workers who work in stores with operations throughout the entire week.

But employers need to know two main aspects when it comes to asking employees to work on Saturdays and Sundays: (1) this is expressly permitted by Romanian labor law; (2) nevertheless, if the employer asks them to work during weekends, it will have to pay certain compensation to the employees concerned. Therefore, we present below a list of answers to the most important questions that someone might have about the rights of employees working on weekends.

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Yes, the Romanian Labor Code allows for an employer to require an employee to work on Saturdays and Sundays. But any employee who works on weekends is, however, protected by law. And the first protection that the Romanian Labor Code grants to the employees is to force the employer to call its employees to work on weekends only if the nature of the activity requires it.

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According to the provisions of the Labor Code, any employee who works on weekends is entitled to a salary increase. However, it is not established by law, but is established by mutual agreement between the employer, on the one hand, and the employee (or employees), on the other hand.

More precisely, it can be established directly in the individual employment contract or, if applicable, in the collective labor contract.

However, please remember that this type of situation is different from the one in which the employee works on public holidays. If the employee has to work on public holidays, the employer is obliged by law to provide the employee primarily with adequate free time compensation (according to Article 142 of the Romanian Labor Code). Only if these days off cannot be granted, for justified reasons, will a salary increase be granted – which cannot be less than 100% of the basic salary.

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