Day off for Saturday in 2015.


In 2015, statutory holidays falling on a day off due to an average five-day working week, e.g. on Saturday, are:

  • August 15, 2015 - Polish Army Day,

  • December 26, 2015 - the second day of Christmas.

For these two days, the employer is obliged to grant the employee two additional days off.

Day off for Saturday - change of legal basis

Until 2012, Art. 130 § 21 of the Labor Code, which stated that each holiday falling on a day other than Sunday does not reduce the workload by eight hours. On October 2, 2012, the Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the said article violates the principle of equality and is inconsistent with Art. 32 sec. 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland.

The ruling of the Constitutional Tribunal in this case says that each holiday occurring in the accounting period and falling on a day other than Sunday reduces the working time by eight hours.

Additional time off for a Saturday holiday is due to the fact that one day off cannot combine two titles to be considered a day off. Assuming that the employee has an average working week of five days.

Free for the holiday falling on Saturday - for whom

Additional free for the Saturday holiday is not available to people who:

  • perform duties resulting from the employment relationship less than 5 days a week,

  • they work on Saturday and this day is their normal working day - however, if the day off from work in this case is, for example, Tuesday, then the employer is obliged to grant an additional day off for the holiday falling on that day.

On the other hand, an employee who is on sick leave is entitled to another day off. This is in line with Art. 130 § 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure, which reads:


§ 3. The employee's working time in the accounting period, determined in accordance with Art. 129 § 1, shall be reduced during this period by the number of hours of justified absence from work to be worked during this absence, in accordance with the adopted working time schedule.

The holiday falls on Saturday and the work of a teacher

It is also different with the teachers' day off. The legal basis here is the Teacher's Charter and Art. 42 c of paragraph 1. 3 and 4, from which it follows that the teacher receives a different day off (or remuneration) only if he worked on a day off or on a holiday. Thus, education workers will not benefit from the reduction in weekly hours if the holiday falls on a teacher's day off, e.g. on a Saturday. The Teacher's Card does not provide for settlement periods, and it follows that the agreed five-day working week may be shortened when there is a holiday for the teacher on the teacher's working day.