Labor Law

Production companies with headquarters in an EEA country may carry out their production activities in Austria due to the free movement of services as long as they are entitled to do so in the country of their registered office. 

Trade activities and the (from a commercial point of view) resulting Austrian subsidiary automatically entail a membership in the Association of the Audiovisual and Film Industry, the Austrian film producers guild. Such membership makes all employee contracts signed by the member company subject to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In Austria, film industry employees are covered either by the CBA for Filmmakers or the CBA for Non-Filmmakers (for all employees not included in the CBA for Filmmakers).

Collective Bargaining Agreement for Filmmakers

The CBA is enforced in Austria and abroad for all contracts between audio-visual and film production companies (members of the Association of the Audiovisual and Film Industry) and their employees (regardless of their nationality). The CBA covers working times as well as salary and social welfare provisions.

Collective Bargaining Agreement for Filmmakers 2015 (German).pdf

Weekly Salary Normal Working Hours Pursuant to Art. 7 (German).pdf

Working time

A typical work week has 40 hours between Monday and Friday. A different collective bargaining agreement or individual agreements, if the company has no union representative, may be drawn up. A normal work day consists of eight hours between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., which may be extended to nine hours per day. The daily rest period is 11 hours.  

In accordance with Art.7, project-related (time-limited) work contracts may allow for a blanket arrangement of up to 60 hours per week. Such working time includes 40 hours per week plus up to two hours of overtime (Monday to Friday) and up to 10 hours on Saturdays (between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.).

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