After months of consultation, it has been decided that a new Labour Act will be prepared, one that is appropriate to contemporary circumstances, state-secretary in the Labour Ministry Dragan Jelić said.
The act needs to introduce novelties that emerged during the pandemic, such as remote work and working from home, said Jelić.
The task force consists of the government’s social partners, employers and the unions, and it is expected that a first draft bill will be completed by the year’s end.
As for remote work and work from home, the new law will define protection, obligations by employers and employees, and the necessity for mutual approval, said Jelić.
Remote work has to be based on mutual agreement
“The current Labour Act defines the possibility of remote work, many have used that. Some have signed an annex to their contract, some haven’t. There were some disputes over the cost of working from home. However, I believe that we will resolve those matters in a satisfactory way,” said Jelić.
President of the Independent Croatian Trade Unions Krešimir Sever expects answers to many issues to be reached through negotiation. “Today we did not discuss any of those issues, just the introduction to the Labour Act,” said Sever.
The unions will demand that fixed-term contracts be reduced as one-quarter of Croatia’s employees work that way. He added that the unions are categorically opposed to extending working life.
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