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New changes in the field of employment relations

The sectors of activity for collective bargaining are redefined

On 7 March 2023, Government Decision No. 171/2023 on the establishment of collective bargaining sectors and their corresponding CAEN codes (hereinafter “Decision No. 171/2023“) entered into force. It redefines and expands the number of collective bargaining sectors, with the aim of making collective bargaining more flexible and encouraging collective bargaining between the social partners at the sector level.

According to Decision No. 171/2023, the allocation to one of the collective bargaining sectors of the companies which are required to engage in collective bargaining according to Law No. 367/2022 on social dialogue (hereinafter “Law No. 367/2022“) is made according to the main CAEN code of activity. The collective bargaining sectors and their corresponding CAEN codes can be found in the Annex to the Decision.

If some activities are included in more than one collective bargaining sector, employers may request that the company be allocated to one of these sectors if they have the main CAEN code in one of these sectors. The procedure for allocating the company is to be approved by ministerial order within ten days of the entry into force of Decision No. 171/2023.

We would like to remind you that according to the provisions of Law No. 367/2022, collective bargaining has become mandatory also at the collective bargaining sector level.

New public holidays are granted from 2024

On 9 March 2023, Law No. 52/2023 comes into force, supplementing Article 139 para. (1) of Law No. 53/2003 – the Labour Code. It introduces two additional days among the nationally recognised public holidays, namely (i) 6 January – the Baptism of Christ – the Epiphany and (ii) 7 January – the Sobor of the Holy Prophet John the Baptist.

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