WORKING HOURS/WORKING TIME

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WORKING HOURS/WORKING TIME
ARBEITSZEIT

As in other industrialized countries, legislators and social partners in Austria have laid down extensive regulations which impose restrictions on the parties to an individual contract of employment as regards the working hours to be agreed. The main purpose of such regulations is to protect employees against excessive demands from the employer which are injurious to their health, and to that extent law on working time can rightly be classed as part of law on employee protection. Over the past few decades, however, this aspect has been joined by other objectives; in particular, labour-market policy factors and general economic considerations underlie the development of so much working time regulation.

Rules on working hours are laid down in, for example, the Working Time Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz) and the Act on Rest Periods (Arbeitsruhegesetz). Apart from these provisions, the rules on the matter laid down in the applicable collectiv