The particularities of the intensive summer day


Intensive working hours, or also called continuous working hours, eliminate the stoppage of food, open the door to eight hours of continuous work and are frequent in the summer months, favouring conciliation and improving the motivation of employees.

The intensive working day is characteristic in the summer months, due to the downsized workload either because workers take vacations or because high temperatures prevent them from performing certain jobs, as is the case in sectors such as construction.

The intensive day is the daily working day that is carried out without any pause or interruption to eat.

Intensive working hours are not compulsory, it depends on each company and it is usually implemented from June 1 to September 30, although the dates are subject to the will of the company, as well as the schedules, which can vary from 7:00 – 14:00 to 8:00 – 15:00 in summer.

How is intensive working hours regulated?

Working hours are regulated in Article 34 of the Workers' Statute. There is no specific mention of the day intensive summer.

The regulation of this matter falls to the collective agreements, who specify the months of application and the particularities. In the event that there is no agreement or that is not regulated in this, it is the company that determines whether or not to apply the intensive day in summer and for how long.

How many months does the intensive day usually last?

Lo más habitual es que sea durante los meses de verano: julio y agosto. Pero algunas empresas establecen que sea desde 1 de junio al 30 de septiembre, otras de 15 de junio al 15 de septiembre, otras solo los meses de julio y agosto, otras solo agosto, etc.

How many hours do you work?

Normally, the intensive working day should consist of six hours of work. Many companies compensate for the two hours less you work each day in summer, extending the day a little beyond eight hours a day the rest of the year.

The regulation of working time is determined by the number of hours, in annual calculation, that have to be worked. That is why it does not matter that in summer fewer hours are made, as long as the annual count conforms to the stipulations.

Since May 13, 2019, it is mandatory for companies to record the hours their employees work. Failure to comply with the staff's working day registration can lead to penalties of up to 6,250 euros.

Is there a right to rest during intensive hours?

Article 34.4 of the Workers' Statute states that a continuous working day exceeding six hours must have a 15-minute break (the company may recognise longer breaks).

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