The provisions of the Hungarian Labour Code concerning Sunday allowance have been amended based on the most recent decision of the Parliament.
As set out in Section 140 of the Labour Code, the amount of Sunday allowance is 50% of the employee’s salary. As mentioned in our respective Newsletter, simultaneously with the approval of the Act on Prohibition of Sunday work an amendment proposal to the Labour Code was also filed with the Hungarian Parliament. Several amendments were added to this amendment proposal and finally the Parliament adopted the respective amendment to the Labour Code on 17 March 2015.
Accordingly, section 140 of the Labour Code shall be amended so that those employees to whom the employer schedules ordinary work or who shall perform extraordinary work
– on “Advent” Sundays (four Sundays before Christmas) between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.; on 24 and 31 December between 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. should these days be Sundays, and annually one Sunday – defined in the employer’s discretion – between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. under the scope of the Act on Prohibition of Sunday work; as well as
– on Sundays in stores that class as retails stores in line with the most recent amendment to the Commercial Act
shall receive 50% Sunday allowance in addition to the currently applicable amount of the Sunday allowance (50%). This means altogether 100% Sunday allowance for the aforementioned working on Sundays, as set out above.
The aforementioned amendment shall not be applied to employers falling under Section 5-6 of the Act on Prohibition of Sunday work, e.g. bakeries and those “family stores” which are not larger than 200m2.
The amendments to the Labour Code and Commercial Act shall enter into force on the day after their publication in the Hungarian Official Gazette, i.e. from 27 March 2015.