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Factsheet for case SI-2021-43/1677 – measures in Slovenia

Bonus for hazardous work

Dodatek za delo v rizičnih razmerah

Country Slovenia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 19 October 2021 – 31 December 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
Author Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound
Case created 08 January 2021 (updated 14 January 2021)

Background information

The seventh COVID-19 law (ZIUPOPDVE), adopted by the Parliament on 29 December 2020, provides employees with allowance for hazardous working conditions. The measure has responded to critiques of the sixth COVID-19 law which has provided an allowance to doctors and nurses, but not to, for instance, cleaners who are working in places where COVID-19 patients are accommodated. Thus, the measure now expands the group of beneficiaries working with COVID-19 patients.

Content of measure

The seventh COVID-19 law provides 30% crisis bonus to all working with COVID-19 patients in hospitals and institutions providing social protection programmes, home care work, education and care of children with special needs, asylum seekers sick with COVID-19. The crisis bonus goes to public employees as well as workers employed with concessioners and subcontractors. The measure will be in force until December 2021.

To 30% crisis bonus are also entitled employees in the health and care sector from the pay group J, the group with lowest salaries (laundress, seamstresses, cooks, drivers etc.). Pupils and students working with COVID-19 patients also receive 30% bonus to hourly pay. The measure will be in force from 19 October 2020 until the end of the epidemic.

A higher, 65% bonus goes to persons, working for subcontractors or employed in public works programmes if they work in areas highly exposed to COVID-19 infection. They obtain crisis bonus only for hours worked there in the period from 19 October 2020 until the end of the epidemic.

Use of measure

No information is available so far.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Negotiated Negotiated
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Social partners discussed the seventh anti-COVID package in the Economic and Social Council.

Views and reactions

No information is available about their views on this particular issue

Sectors and occupations

This case is not sector-specific.

    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health associate professionals
      Personal care workers
      Health professionals
      Cleaners and helpers


  • 30 December 2020: Act Determining Intervention Measures to Assist in Mitigating the Consequences of the Second Wave of COVID-19 Epidemic (Zakon o interventnih ukrepih za pomoč pri omilitvi posledic drugega vala epidemije COVID-19, ZIUPOPDVE (


Eurofound (2021), Bonus for hazardous work, case SI-2021-43/1677 (measures in Slovenia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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