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Factsheet for case SI-2020-11/446 – measures in Slovenia

Temporary suspension of some labour regulations for public servants

Začasna ukinitev nekaterih delovnopravnih predpisov za javne uslužbenc

Country Slovenia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 13 March 2020 – 31 May 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
Author Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound
Case created 10 April 2020 (updated 20 July 2020)

Background information

For the period of the epidemic, some labour regulations, such as rules on working time, breaks, and rest periods, cease to apply for public employees. On the other hand, public servants exposed to health hazards or overburden have the right to bonus of up to 100% of their hourly rate. Measures cover all public employees and are temporary in nature, lasting only for the time of the epidemic from 13 March to 31 May.

Content of measure

A public employee can be temporarily assigned to another job without his or her consent or transferred to another employer. In the state of emergency, their superior can require from public servants overwork up to 20 hours a week, but a maximum of 80 hours a month. For the time of the pandemic, the regular rules on working time, breaks, and rest period no more apply for public servants. In return, public workers exposed to high health risk or overcharged with duties have the right to a special bonus of up to 100% of the hourly rate. The government determines the allocation of bonuses among public organizations, while superiors decide about who gets allowances and in what amount

Use of measure

Measures in the ‘Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy’ (ZIUZEOP) cover all public employees and are temporary in nature, lasting only for the time of the epidemic from 13 March to 31 May.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Other groups of workers
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public support service providers
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

No involvement.

Views and reactions

No involvement.

Sources

  • 10 April 2020: Zakon o interventnih ukrepih za zajezitev epidemije COVID-19 in omilitev njenih posledic za državljane in gospodarstvo (ZIUZEOP) [Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy (www.pisrs.si)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Temporary suspension of some labour regulations for public servants, case SI-2020-11/446 (measures in Slovenia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.