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Factsheet for measure SI-2021-38/2027 – Updated – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 15 September 2021 – 21 February 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||08 October 2021 (updated 15 June 2022)|
On 14 September 2021, in the wake of the fourth COVID-19 wave, the government adopted health security measures to be followed in all workplaces. Ordinance on the method of meeting the condition of morbidity, vaccination and testing to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections (Odlok o načinu izpolnjevanja pogoja prebolevnosti, cepljenja in testiranja za zajezitev širjenja okužb z virusom SARS-CoV-2) stipulates that, while performing their work, all employees and self-employed must meet the health security requirements. It means that employees and self-employed must be vaccinated, tested or recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days.
Ordinance on the method of meeting the condition of morbidity, vaccination and testing to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections aims to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections at the workplace. Workers and self-employed, who were not vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID-19 disease in the last 180 days, must do COVID-19 self-testing once a week.
The measure covers workers and self-employed working at the employer’s premises. The rapid antigen self-testing must be applied weekly, the responsible person determines the place and time for self-testing of workers and keeps records. Worker’s refusal of self-testing is a violation of the Employment Relationship Act and, finally, may even be a reason for dismissal. Costs for self-testing are borne by employers.
For the public sector, the government decided to demand the condition of morbidity or vaccination since October 2021. The police trade union filed a suit against the government in the Constitutional Court. The Court decided to withhold the measure until its final decision by saying that the enacting of measure may cause irreparable damage to public employees.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|21 February 2022||
Since 21 February 2022, the condition of morbidity, vaccination and testing for work is cancelled.
|08 November 2021||
Since 8 November 2021, the rapid antigen self-testing must be applied every 48 hours.
No information is available so far.
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
The Economic and Social Council has been blocked since 14 May 2021. Trade unions left the council, accusing the government of breaching the rules on tripartite social dialogue by sending laws to the parliament without prior negotiations in ESS. Social partners have not yet settled their disputes.
Employer organisations disagreed that employers must pay for self-testing of workers who are refusing vaccination. They claim that self-testing should be individual responsibility. For employers, it is a financial burden and an organisational challenge. Employer organisations also stressed that quick changes of rules do not give employers enough space for adaptations.
Eurofound (2021), Condition of morbidity, vaccination and testing at workplace, measure SI-2021-38/2027 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2021-38_2027.html
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