Legal Alert Changes to Labour Code

(4) Summarized Calculation of the Working Hours 

The maximum period for which the employer may establish summarized calculation of the working hours is increased from 4 to 6 months.

IV. Under aged employees Protection

The daily and weekly working time of under aged employees already comprises the time for obtaining and improving their professional qualification when this is carried out in the course of work.

V. Extending Labour Disputes Regulation

Labour disputes now comprise the disputes between workers and employees’ representatives and the employer as well as the disputes concerning ensuring minimum working conditions guaranteed to foreigners seconded to Bulgaria. The latter disputes fall under the jurisdiction of the court at employer’s seat.

VI. Increase in the Amounts of the Fines in Case of Violations of Labour Legislation

All fines levied in cases of violations of the Labour legislation are significantly increased and a new violation has been introduced – breach of the employer’s obligation to inform and consult the employees in case of mass dismissals, change of employer and changes in Company’s activities, economic state and work organisation. The sanctions regarding employer and officials have been differentiated.


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