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Latvia

Last updated on 12/28/2017
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Minimum gross wage

430 EUR per month

Daily

7 or 8 hours
24 hour(s) (summed working hours*)
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7 hours in case the worker has special risks for at least 50% of the working day.
Reference:
Labour law-article 131; point (1), (3).

Summed working hours *
If there is no other choice and after consultation with employees’ representatives, the employer can set summed working hours. In that case
a worker may not work longer than 24 hours continuously and for 56 hours weekly. Between working days the minimum rest time must be 12 hours

Reference:
Labour law-article 140.

Weekly

35 or 40 hours
56 hours (summed working hours*)
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35 hours in case the worker has special risks for at least 50% of the working day Reference:
Labour law-article 131; point (1), (3).

Summed working hours*
If there is no other choice and after consultation with employees’ representatives, the employer can set summed working hours. In that case
a worker may not work longer than 24 hours continuously and for more than 56 hours weekly. Between working days the minimum rest time must be 12 hours

Reference:
Labour law-article 140.

Overtime

8 hours per week

Breaks

30 minutes
Not part of standard working time
Not paid
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If working day is at least 6 hours long

Special conditions

7 hours per day
35 hours per week
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Reduced hours are applicable if employees run special risks at least 50% of working day/week.
Employee gets at least 3 extra holidays if his work is related to special risks.
Reference:
Labour law-article 131; point (3).
Labour law-article 151; point (1); sub point 2).
2009.03.10. MK Nr.219; annex2

Within Latvia

Travel allowance

Only for business trip or posting, the employer pays for travel allowances (fuel, bus tickets, airline ticket, etc.). Expenses have to be proven.

Meal allowance

6 EUR per day
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In case of a business trip for more than a day. Allowance reduced if the worker can go back home at the end of the day.

Reference:
Labour law-article 76; point (1); sub point 1).
2010.10.12. MK Nr.969-article 8.1; 21.2.

Accommodation allowance

43 to 57 EUR per day
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For business trip. Expenses have to be proven.
Reference:
2010.10.12. MK Nr.969-article 21.3.
For posted workers
In case of posted workers, the accommodation has to be paid by the employer

Subsistence/daily allowance

6 EUR per day
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In case of business trip for more than a day. Allowance reduced if the worker can go back home at the end of the day.

Overtime

100 % of salary per hour

Night work

Allowed (not for minors)
From 10:00 pm to 6:00 am
50 % of salary per hour

Working on public holidays

Not mandatory
Allowed
100 % of salary per hour

Shift work

Allowed
no bonuses

Hazardous work

Set at company level.

Standby pay

Applicable

Annual holidays allowance

20 days per year

Number of holidays

20 days per year

Public holidays

13 days per year
1st January
Good Friday
Easter
Easter Monday
1st May
4th May
23rd and 24th June
18th November
24th, 25th and 26th December
31st December

Social security contributions

11 %

Income tax

20 % wage up to 20,000 per year
23 % wage from 20,000.01 to 55,000 per year
31.4 % wage 55,000.01 and + per year

Sickness/illness

Day 2 to 3 : 75 % of average salary
Day 4 to 10 : 80 % of average salary
Day 11 to 182 : 80 % of average salary paid by the state

Info Contacts

Latvian Building sector trade union

Bruninieku street 29/31; Riga, LV 1001, Latvia
You can contact us in the following languages
English, Latvian