Section 9. Right to reduced working time

An employee who for health, social or other weighty welfare reasons so needs shall have the right to reduction of his or her normal working time if the reduction of working time can be arranged without major inconvenience to the undertaking. When the agreed period of reduced working time is over, an employee is entitled to return to previous working time. Under otherwise identical circumstances, an employee with reduced working time has a preferential right to increase his or her working time when a position becomes available at the undertaking, provided that the position wholly or essentially is assigned the same job duties.
In the event of a dispute regarding a right to reduced working time, the provisions in section 10-13 of the Act relating to working environment, working hours and employment protection, etc. (Working Environment Act) applies.