Construction Workers’ Annual Leave and Severance Pay Act (Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungsgesetz, BUAG) and Construction Workers' Bad Weather Compensation Act (Bauarbeiter-Schlechtwetterentschädigungsgesetz, BSchEG)
The Construction Workers’ Annual Leave and Severance Pay Act [Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungsgesetz] (BUAG) establishes a binding legal framework, and therefore makes an important contribution to fair competition and the preservation of minimum social standards in the construction industry.
The Construction Workers’ Annual Leave and Severance Pay Fund [Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungskasse] (BUAK), one of the first social partnership institutions in Austria, is a public corporation managed on equal terms by employers’ organisations and workers’ organisations.
The Fund was founded in 1946 (as the Construction Worker’s Annual Leave Fund, BUK) in order to administer the Construction Workers’ Annual Leave Act [Bauarbeiter-Urlaubsgesetz] (BarbUG) adopted by the National Council on 26 May 1946. In 1987, a severance pay provision for construction workers was included in BarbUG, redefining the law as the Construction Workers’ Annual Leave and Severance Pay Act [Bauarbeiter-Urlaubs- und Abfertigungsgesetz] (BUAG) and giving BUK its present name: BUAK.
Following the expansion of BUAG to include the winter holiday provision and after taking over the management of bad weather compensation from the Public Employment Service (both in 1996), BUAK managed four areas up until the end of 2013.
Bad Weather Compensation for Construction Workers Act [Bauarbeiter-Schlechtwetter-Entschädigungs-Gesetz] (BSchEG).
Bad weather compensation is regulated by the Bad Weather Compensation for Construction Workers Act [Bauarbeiter-Schlechtwetterentschädigungsgesetz] (BSchEG).
The basic idea of this provision is to spread the risks of bad weather and the associated costs over a community so that the harm to the individual can be minimised. For the purposes of this Act, the term bad weather is taken to mean work-hindering atmospheric influences as well as the effects of disturbances which prevent work from being started or continued.