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What rights do workers have to rest breaks in Germany?

This post was also contributed by Sebastian Kutzner, Trainee, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (Munich).

Due to increasing demands for a work life balance, uncertainty as to employees’ rights to rest periods, in particular, is widespread. German law distinguishes between two types of rest periods:

  • Rest breaks (to be granted during working time); and
  • Resting time (the period between two working days)

Subject to special rules for different industries both are regulated by the German Working Time Act (Arbeitszeitgesetz). During both periods employees cannot be required to work but must be free to use this time for their own … Continue Reading

Employees’ rights to holiday in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is often called the city where “East meets West”.  One happy result of this conjunction is that Hong Kong employees become entitled to statutory Chinese and Western holidays.

Under the Employment Ordinance (Chapter 57 of the Laws of Hong Kong) employees in Hong Kong are entitled to 12 statutory holidays per year:

  • The first day of January
  • Lunar New Year
  • Second day of Lunar New Year
  • Third day of Lunar New Year
  • Ching Ming Festival
  • Labour Day
  • Tuen Ng Festival
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region establishment day: the first day of July
  • The day following Chinese
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How are Holidays and Rest Days paid in Venezuela?

Under Venezuelan labour legislation, holidays and rest days are paid as follows:

1.         Holidays

The following days and dates are holidays for the purposes of the Labor Law (Article 184):

  • Sundays,
  • January 1,
  • Monday and Tuesday of Carnival,
  • Maundy Thursday and Good Friday,
  • May 1st,
  • December 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st;
  • The days listed in the Law of National Holidays, including April 19th, June 24th, July 5th, July 24th, and October 12th; and
  • Those days declared holidays either by the Government or the
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