Dešić: We are witnessing a historic moment and a new digital reality on the labor market

Amendments to the Labor Law foresee the introduction of norms related to establishing a balance between the private and professional life of employees, in accordance with the legal acquis of the European Union, but also with international standards related to employees with family responsibilities, in accordance with the ILO Convention 156

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From the workshop, Photo: Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
From the workshop, Photo: Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
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The coronavirus pandemic pointed out the shortcomings of the systemic law, after which the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare began to amend the relatively new Labor Law, in order to respond to the new circumstances as quickly as possible.

This was said by the State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Edina Dešić, at a workshop, organized by the Ministry and the International Labor Organization, on legislative changes in the context of remote work institutes, digital nomads and work on e-platforms.

Dešić pointed out that we are witnessing a historic moment and a new digital reality on the labor market.

"As the pandemic pointed out the shortcomings of the system law, it pointed out that in this direction, the Ministry started to amend the relatively new Labor Law, in order to respond to the new circumstances as quickly as possible," the statement said.

It is added that Dešić said that the Working Group was formed on a tripartite basis, with the aim of finding the best solutions in the field of remote work, work on platforms and the work of digital nomads, as institutes that have not yet had a foothold in the Law, even if not explicitly.

She emphasized that all these forms of work, according to research by the International Labor Organization, are more often present among the population of young employees, who have better IT skills and who are mainly the bearers of changes in society.

"Therefore, in the spirit of this innovative enthusiasm, it is important that in our work we always keep in mind that within the legal framework we enable work in accordance with the new requirements of the market and in this way ensure the formalization of the work of all those who currently do not have their employment relationship formally and legally resolved and to ensure to all employees and in the newly established reality dignified working conditions in an adequate way", said Dešić.

Amendments to the Labor Law foresee the introduction of norms related to establishing a balance between the private and professional life of employees, in accordance with the legal acquis of the European Union, but also with international standards related to employees with family obligations, in accordance with ILO Convention 156.

"In that direction, the European Commission is also closely monitoring these activities, because the implementation of the Labor Law is one of the closing benchmarks for Chapter 19 - Social policy and employment," the announcement says.

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