Work in hotels and restaurants

Shift work

The employment contract must state whether the employee is recruited for shift work.

The contract must state when the shift begins and when it ends.

Shifts must be planned for 4 weeks at a time and the shift schedule presented with at least one week’s notice before implementation.

Shift plans are to be displayed where employees have easy access to it.

Refreshment breaks

Employees on 8-hour shifts receive two coffee breaks, a total of 35 minutes, that are considered part of the working hours.  Employees on longer shifts shall also have a coffee break equivalent to 5 minutes for each hour, to be used as a single continuous coffee break.

Meals

The employer provides employees with meals during working hours, free of charge.

Travel expenses

The employer is to pay employees an amount corresponding to 2½ times the start fee of taxis during the part of the day/night when public transport is not available. According to the price list in April 2017, this corresponds to ISK 1,725 at Hreyfill and ISK 1,625 at BSR.

Employers may, however, transport the workers at their own expense if they so wish, provided that rules on the transport arrangements have been established.

General employees of restaurants and guesthouses – Wage category 5 (ISK)

1 May 2018 – 31 December 2018

Daytime* Overtime 33% supplement 45% supplement 90% supplement
Starting wages, aged 20 1561,33 2788,88 2076,57 2263,93 2966,53
After 1 year’s experience 1572,04 2808,01 2090,81 2279,46 2986,88
After 3 years’ experience 1582,91 2827,43 2105,27 2295,22 3007,53
After 5 years with the same company 1593,94 2847,13 2119,94 2311,22 3028,49

Specially trained employees of restaurants and guesthouses – Wage category 6 (ISK)

1 May 2018 – 31 December 2018

Daytime* Overtime 33% supplement 45% supplement 90% supplement
Starting wages, aged 20 1572,04 2808,01 2090,81 2279,46 2986,88
After 1 year’s experience 1582,91 2827,43 2105,27 2295,22 3007,53
After 3 years’ experience 1593,94 2847,13 2119,94 2311,22 3028,49
After 5 years with the same company 1605,14 2867,13 2134,83 2327,45 3049,76

A 15% supplement is paid to employees recruited to management positions, as provided for in Article 1.2.4.

Daytime pay is calculated by dividing the monthly pay by 172.

Winter leave due to work on public holidays

Employees who work shift work earn a total of 12 winter vacation days, based on full-year employment, in exchange for working on major public holidays and other public holidays occurring Monday to Friday.

If the workplace is closed on the days referred to above, or if days off are granted, then the corresponding number of days shall be deducted from the additional leave days, except in the case of employees who are owed accumulated leave related to shift work.

Winter holidays are to be granted during the period from 1 October to 1 May. The recording period for winter leave days shall be based on the period October–October.

Subject to agreement between employer and employee, it shall be permitted to have payment replace the leave days referred to, with 8 hours daytime work rates being paid for each leave day, based on full-time employment. Employees receive payment for earned winter vacation days on termination of employment.

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