Can employees work on public holidays in Germany?

Employees can work on public holidays in Germany, but there are specific regulations and compensations for doing so. 


German labor law generally protects public holidays, and most businesses are closed. However, certain sectors like healthcare, hospitality, and emergency services may require employees to work on these days.

When employees work on a public holiday, they are typically entitled to additional compensation, which could be in the form of extra pay or compensatory time off, as stipulated by their employment contract or applicable collective bargaining agreements.

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