Just this past August, Slovenia introduced a new collective agreement baseline for companies.

The new collective agreement regulates business times for employers – specifically, it prohibits the scheduling of work on public holidays and bank holidays. With respect to weekends, it limits the use of Sundays.

WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?

Most rights and obligations under the new collective agreement baseline is essentially the same as the previous act. There are some notable exceptions, as follows:

•work week: The maximum weekly working time has been reduced to 48 hours (including overtime) in case of even distribution, and to 56 hours (including overtime) in case of uneven distribution of working time. September onward, employees cannot be forced to work more than two Sundays per month and no more than 20 Sundays per year. Holiday work scheduling is now restricted. An employer can still force employees to work, but will be required to pay the employee 500% on top of the pay scale allocated for the holiday/free day.

•breaks and rest periods: Breaks should correspond to hours worked, with a 12-hour day off between shifts, and 24-hours off per 7 days.

•training: One extra day of holiday leave by own discretion, and 1 extra day of leave for training and education.

•minimum additional amount for Sunday work will be EUR 6.05/hr.

•seniority and loyalty bonus: employees employed after 1 May 2014 are entitled to additional pay for length of service corresponding to years of employment, achieved up to that date, plus years of employment with the current employer (whereas employees employed with the same employer throughout are entitled to an additional pay corresponding to their length of service). The employees absent from work due to health reasons shall remain entitled to reimbursement of public transport travel costs for the entire month, unless the financial authority decides that such reimbursement would be taxable.

•increase of minimum basic salaries by 5% with additionals later on.