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January 15, 2021

By Vuk Drašković and Milos Andrejevic

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KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2021


 

Legislative changes to be delayed

Although it has been announced that the Labour Law will soon be amended, the COVID‑19 pandemic has delayed this process. Given that employment‑related legislation is a sensitive topic, it is now anticipated that the announced changes will occur after the elections to be held in 2022, mainly as part of the process of harmonization of domestic legislation with EU legislation.


 

Remote working likely to be further regulated in the near future

Due to the COVID‑19 pandemic, work from home has become a rather popular manner of engagement for employees. In general, the Labour Law stipulates that an employee and an employer can agree that the employee will work part of their contracted working hours from home. In addition, the Labour Law generally recognises work outside of the employer's premises. Given its volume, it is expected that this area will be further regulated in detail in the near future.


 

Digitalization

Digitalization is one of the top priorities of the Serbian Government. In that respect, certain employment‑related processes are already performed electronically, such as registration and deregistration of employees. It is expected that the area of employment will be further affected by the overall process of digitalization, which will facilitate the companies' day to day operations.

With thanks to Vuk Drašković and Milos Andrejevic of Bojović, Drašković, Popović & Partners for their invaluable collaboration on this update.

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