A draft law number 7016 on flexible working time arrangements was introduced on July 27th, 2016. This draft bill has been voted on and published as the law dated 23 December 2016. The changes in the flexible working time legislation can be summarised as follows:
1. Outside the context of a collective bargaining agreement, the reference period (initially limited to 1 month) can cover a maximum of 4 months. Any reference period longer than 4 months will only be possible through a collective bargaining agreement or agreements on a social dialogue level (however, limited to 12 months).
2. As a counterpart for the prolongation of the reference period to 4 months, the legal provisions provide for (i) additional leave days (up to 3.5 days per year) and (ii) the maximum working time limits beyond which the working hours will be deemed overtime (10% and 12.5 %, respectively).
3. The flexibility for employers is therefore strictly limited since 1st January 2017.