Factsheet for case HR-2020-12/366 – Updated – measures in Croatia
|Country||Croatia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 19 March 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Predrag Bejalovic (IJF) and Eurofound|
|Case created||08 April 2020 (updated 16 October 2020)|
A regulation of 'permanent seasonal work' was introduced in 2001. A fixed-term employment contract for a permanent seasonal job obliges employers to pay contributions for their seasonal workers throughout the year and obliges employers to offer their employees new employment contracts for the following season. According to the Act on Labour Market (OG 118/18) a permanent seasonal worker is entitled to financial assistance for a maximum of six months after termination of employment, and the employer is entitled to financial support from the Croatian Employment Service for financing contributions for extended pension insurance.
The Parliament accepted the Law on Amendments to the Act on Labour Market (OG 32/20) which prescribes the authority of the Governing Board of the Croatian Employment Service in the case of special circumstances to decide on:
Currently, the Governing Board of the Croatian Employment Service has not decided about the mentioned changes. During extended insurance, the worker receives 100% of the minimum wage in the first three months (gross monthly wage in 2020 is HRK 4,062.51 or €541.67), and in the next three months 50% of the minimum wage.
Every year around 8,000 people obtain the status of a permanent seasonal worker, mostly in tourism and a smaller part in agriculture. As majority of the will not find a job in tourism this year, probably around 6,000 will apply for the mentioned right.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Due to the nature of the measures social partners participated indirectly through their representatives in the Governing Board of Croatian Employment Service, which is responsible for the implementation of the measure
As mentioned, representatives of the social partners are members of the Governing Board of the Croatian Employment Service. Trade unions as social partners quite often criticize seasonal work as a form of non-standard and precarious jobs and they advocate any type of support to such workers.
Eurofound (2020), Extension of entitlement to financial assistance for permanent seasonal workers, case HR-2020-12/366 (measures in Croatia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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