Brief Description

Helpful information on flexible working hours.

Please note that for legal purposes, only the German versions of the documents are binding and valid. The English translations are for information purposes only.

Flexible Working Hours for the General Personnel

As of January 1, 2010 the Employment Agreement on Flexible Working Hours came into effect. This Employment Agreement applies to the entire general university personnel at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Only those employees, who are employed based on a compulsively necessary schedule of working time (such as staggered working hours), as well as interns, are excluded. The flexible working hours allow the employees to flexibly arrange their working hours and allow for a better work-life-balance. Within the flexible time frame (Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 18:00), the employees can individually determine the starting and ending times of their daily working hours.

The core hours determine the latest possible start of work and the earliest possible end of work: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 14:00, Friday from 9:00 to 12:00. The fictitious normal working time serves as calculation base for determining the accountable working time in the case of being unable to carry out one's duties, vacation and sick leave. The fictitious normal working time is defined in the work schedule (see form) by the employee and his / her superior. Existing working schedules remain valid in the sense of the fictitious normal working hours at the introduction of flexible working hours. When no working schedule is developed, the fictitious normal working time is Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 16:00. When employees work overtime within their flexible time frame, there is no additional pay for overtime and it is incorporated into the flexitime account in the ratio 1:1. The flexitime period is one calendar year. Both employees and their superiors look out for a de facto weekly average working time of 40 hours during the calendar year. During the flexitime period, a time credit of a maximum of 72 hours and a time debt of a maximum of 24 hours respectively can be accumulated. Overtime hours can only arise outside the normal working hours and only by specific request of the superior or due to unforeseen urgent need (for example, to defer unpredictable damages). In any case, they have to be approved by the superior in writing or confirmed respectively and are compensated in a ration 1:1.5. The regulations apply correspondingly for part-time employees (but with a compensation ratio of 1:1.25 for overtime hours). The extent of the core time may only be 75 % of the daily normal working hours as a maximum. Every employee is obligated to record his / her own working time on a daily basis to allow supervision by a superior. The Employment Agreement on Flexible Working Hours consistently regulates a paid lunch break of 30 minutes if the daily normal working time exceeds 6 hours. All detailed regulations can be found in the full text of the Employment Agreement under the section on Flexible Working Hours.