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February 08, 2021

By Hrvoje Vidan

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Croatia

KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2020


 

Protection of whistleblowers codified in a single law

The Whistleblower Protection Act (commonly known as the Whistleblowers Act) is a new law that was passed with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging employees to report irregularities relating to their employers' business activities. The enactment of the Whistleblowers Act systematises and regulates in detail (for the first time) issues relating exclusively to whistleblowers and protects them from sanctions. The law applies to all public authorities at the central and local level, legal entities with public authority, companies that are majority-owned by the state or local unit and all private-sector employers. The Whistleblowers Act imposes an obligation on employers to adopt policies dealing with internal procedures for reporting irregularities and requires them to appoint a confidentiality person and a deputy.


 

Minimum wage for 2020

The Government has fixed the minimum wage for 2020 to be HRK 4,062.51 (EUR 541.60) (gross). This is the lowest monthly gross amount payable to an employee for full-time work and does not take into account any additional pay for overtime, night work or work carried out on typical non-working days (such as Sundays, during holidays, etc.).


 

Recent amendments to Trade Act aimed at restricting work on Sundays

The recent changes to the Trade Act granted the Civil Protection Headquarters an authority to restrict working time in certain special circumstances (i.e., due to an event or situation that could not have been foreseen or avoided, which endangers the life and health of citizens, endangers property of greater value, significantly impairs the environment, disrupts economic activity or causes significant economic damage). The Civil Protection Headquarters subsequently adopted a resolution banning work on Sundays. Although this resolution was later abolished, restricted work on Sundays continues to be a popular concept in Croatia. So much so that the Minister of Economy has recently announced amendments to the Trade Act permitting only 14 working Sundays a year, on such dates to be determined by the employer.

With thanks to Hrvoje Vidan of Vidan Law for his invaluable collaboration on this update.

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