When are you entitled to a bonus?

Do you ever work on public holidays? Or unsocial hours? Then, you may be entitled to a bonus. You receive this bonus on top of your salary. Whether you are entitled to this is often stated in your CAO.

Am I entitled to a bonus?

Your employer is only obliged to pay you a bonus if this has been agreed in the CAO. In some companies it is quite normal to work outside the normal hours (between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm). In some cases, however, you will receive a bonus.

Do you have to work on public holidays? You won't automatically get a bonus or extra pay. The law does not say anything about this. Whether you get a bonus depends on what has been agreed in your company with your employer. Check your CAO, employment contract, or company regulations for agreements on working on public holidays.

Do you work unsocial hours, such as in the evening, at night, or at the weekend? Then you may get a bonus for unsocial hours (ORT). The bonus amount and whether you are eligible is stated in your CAO, employment contract, or company regulations.

You may sometimes have to work overtime. This is work that you do outside the hours that you have agreed with your employer. For example, if it is very busy, or if colleagues are ill. Your employer must have a good reason for asking you to work overtime.

Will I get paid for overtime?

Do you work more hours than stated in your contract on your own initiative and has your employer not asked you to? Then this is not always considered overtime. Your employer does not have to pay for this time. It is important that you make good agreements about this with your employer.

It may be that your CAO company regulations or employment contract contains agreements on overtime pay. Pay attention to that before you start working overtime.

Do I have to work overtime?

The Working Hours Act does not regulate overtime. The ATW only governs the maximum working hours per day. However, your CAO, company regulations, working time arrangements, or employment contract may contain agreements on compulsory overtime.

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