New Croatian Labor Law – Analysis of Government Initiatives and Negotiations of Social Partners Cover Image

Novi hrvatski Zakon o radu – analiza inicijative Vlade i pregovora socijalnih partnera
New Croatian Labor Law – Analysis of Government Initiatives and Negotiations of Social Partners

Author(s): Nataša Novaković
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Civil Law, Labor relations
Published by: Fondacija Centar za javno pravo
Keywords: Republic of Croatia; Law; Labour Law;

Summary/Abstract: The importance of changing the Croatian Labour Law became general opinion in the analysis of Croatian economy and proposals for improvement. That is almost self-implying. Thus, in various mass media there have been opinions by different journalists, experts, employers and politicians that changes in the Labour Law are one of the crucial factors and precondition for the exit from the economic crisis and recovery. There are conflicting opinions of social partners: while employers are striving and promoting flexible approaches, trade unions are looking for rigid and fixed mechanism and inclusion of automatism into wage setting. There is also difference between trade unions in civil/public and private sector — while the first tend to be rigid, the latter are forced by economic outlooks to look for flexible solutions with employers. In this article the author tried to give short retrospective of negotiation — government position, social partner’s position and in the end author’s position, as a lawyer. The Labour Law as all other forms of regulation should be thoughtful, simple, clear and stable. Frequent changes are the detriment to full and successful implementation, they damage legal certainty and enable a harmonization of court practice because all attention and human capacities are constantly oriented towards new regulation and not to its implementation. This is time — and energy — consuming and not cost-effective.

  • Issue Year: 5/2014
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 29-41
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian