The new Labor Act will seek to reduce all forms of precarious work, undeclared work and unfair competition, Labor and Pension Minister Josip Aladrović said in an interview with public broadcaster HRT on Tuesday evening.
An estimated 30-40,000 workers, mostly young, are engaged in the work of the online platform in Croatia, he said.
Responding to the journalist’s remark that no EU country has managed to regulate this kind of work, Aladrović said that Croatia would be the second country in the EU after Ireland to do so.
“We expect to be the second EU country to do this. Ireland was first. At EU level, different types of lawsuits are being filed and legal practice is changing in relation to working on the online platform. “We believe we can amend the Labor Act in such a way as to reduce the court ‘s subsequent actions,” Aladrović said.
Asked if the issue should be regulated at EU level as well, the minister said he was sure he would, but added that this does not stop Croatia from regulating this form of work on its own.
He said the new law would also regulate remote work, adding that it would require employers to cover the costs of the services of workers working from home.
“Before the COVID crisis, about 3 per cent of workers worked from home. An EU estimate was that 37 per cent of workers could work from home. We want to streamline benefits and make sure employers and workers enjoy a higher level. high protection, as well as to pay certain costs, “said Aladrović.
Asked who would monitor it, he said the State Inspectorate was responsible for inspecting the work. Aladrović said one of the basic objectives of the new law was to reduce precarious work.
“In Croatia, about 25 percent of employment contracts are fixed-term contracts. Unfortunately, we are the leader in the EU in this regard. We want to reduce this number and make the job safer. One problem is the large number of short-term contracts, so we want to limit the maximum duration of such contracts. “Employers will have to explain why they are entering into a fixed-term contract,” Aladrovic said.