Public holidays in Poland

According to the provisions of Polish Labor Code, the employee's working time in the adopted settlement period is calculated by suming two numbers:

  • result of multiplication of 40 hours by the number of weeks in that settlement period
  • result of multiplication of 8 hurs and the number of days remaining until the end of the settlement period from Monday to Friday.

Public holiday

Thenks to this caluclation the employer receives information about the amount of time of work which is binding during the applicable settlement period. However, if the statutory public holiday falls on a day other than Sunday, the monthly working time for the applicable settlement period should be reduced by 8 hours.

Basic working time and equivalent working time

It should be noted that, this does not always mean that an employee will be entitled to one full day off. This situation will only occur in the case of employees employed in the basic working time i.e. 8 hours per day. On the other hand, in the case that employee works in equivalent working hours, then he/she is entitled to reduce working time during one particuar day in applicable settlement period by 8 hours. Such employees can e.g. begin work 8 hours later on one of the working days in applicable settllement period or leave it 8 hours earlier.

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Michał Dudkowiak


Michał Dudkowiak

Barrister, Managing Partner

Michał Dudkowiak


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00-124 Warsaw