Hungary has recently amended its labour code in order to increase permissible overtime levels.

On an annual basis, permissible overtime has increased from 250 hours per year to 400 hours per year.

Such overtime overrides any collective labour agreements in place.

The new legislation leaves the 48 hours/week work limit unchanged but raises the overtime banking period to 3 years from 1 year. In practice, it will be possible for an employer to pay the employee for overtimes in one sum after 3 years.