Seminar on the new Labor Low

Seminar “The adjustment of labor market to European standards – now Labor Law and the consequences of Union entering on Croatian labor low“ was held on the 18th of November at Novinarski dom, Zagreb.

Chief of labor law department at Administration for labor and labor market Ilija Tadic has, on the seminar, introduced some of the key reviews of Labor Law in the procedure of its approximation with European directives. Four weeks long vacancy, working week of maximum 48 hours, defining of night work and work in shifts, abolition of the ban for women to work in industry at night and also provision by which they couldn’t do hard physical work, work under ground or water, and abolition of booklet with previous work experience are just some of changes that will take effect on the first day of 2009.

Seminar has gathered representatives of public and private sector and syndicalists in debate on the new labor law and the difficulties which Croatian market could face if it doesn’t prepare for the EU entering.

Although the syndicates’ and employers’ representatives have agreed that new labor law doesn’t address their interests, most parts of approximation to EU regulative have been done.

When it comes to vacancy, today, in Croatia, its minimum length is 18 days, while European practice is four weeks. Starting next year, minimum vacancy length will be four weeks, but the number of days will depend on working hours schedule. In practice that means that the employee who works at the employer that has working week of six working days will have minimum of 24 days vacancy while the worker who in a week does five days will have 20 days of paid vacancy.

One of the changes is also that the worker may carry part of his vacancy over 18 months, with the exception of two weeks which must be used in the current year. The unused holiday will not be carried on new employer.

Director of labor-social work in Croatian association of employers, Jasna Kulusic has announced that they will search for further deregulation of work laws and regulations, especially in the part which refers to the notice period, working courts and severance pays.

Kresimir Sever, the President of Autonomous Croatian Syndicate, pointed out that syndicates will continue to primarily demand limiting of working on definite period, which in Croatia has became almost the practice while insecurity of work is still one of the main worry of employees.

Mladen Vedris said that secure working place does not exist anymore and the employee must invest in his own employment value that is in acquiring new knowledge and skills so that he can adapt to requirements of the labor market.

Director of the SELECTIO company, Vera Cubranic, talked about the competitiveness of Croatian employees. “Employers from foreign counties are very surprised with the quality of work force in Croatia. While in other countries top management takes over the company in the period of three to five years, in Croatia this period is just year and half long”, Cubranic said.

Senior recruiting consultant on MojPosao, Sasa Matijasevic, highlighted why web portal MojPosao is the main recruiting channel. “Until year 2002, employees searched for their work through HZZ and advertisements published in daily newspapers, where nobody insisted on respecting of certain standards like description of the work position and prohibition of every form of the discrimination in published ads”, Matijasevic explained.