Serbia: In preparation for labor law changes
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The proposed new amendments to the labor law should significantly improve the situation of workers, correct all the shortcomings of the current legislation and clearly define the areas concerning the rights and obligations of workers and employers.
The changes are meant to secure individual and collective rights, protection before courts and inspection bodies, and labor disputes within noticeably short timeframes and without protracted delays in proceedings.
Furthermore, the abuse of employment contracts must be eliminated. It will be possible for workers to work for a fixed period of up to one year, after which they must receive a permanent solution. The trial period will last a maximum of three months, during which the employer will have to decide whether to maintain or dismiss the employee.
In addition, the minimum wage will be set to cover the minimum consumption basket and daily allowances for overtime, work on Sundays and public holidays will be increased.
The new proposal is more complete as it includes no less than 374 articles which, in addition to what is regulated by the labor law in force, also regulate areas of the law on temporary employment, strikes, inspection , socio-economic advice and peaceful settlement of labor disputes. The procedures for establishing employment in the private sector will also be modified since the current law does not contain comprehensive provisions on employment procedures, unlike employment in the public services.
Also, for the first time, remote working will be defined because until now there was no such definition, with no difference between working from home and working remotely.
In conclusion, the new model also determines delicate questions concerning the supervision of the work of employees who work remotely and the liability in the event of damage.
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