New Decree on the Application of Certain Provisions of the Law on Labour Relations in North Macedonia

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New Decree on the Application of Certain Provisions of the Law on Labour Relations in North Macedonia

On 04 April 2020, the Government of North Macedonia adopted a Decree concerning the application of certain provisions of the Law on Labour Relations during the state of emergency.

The Decree prescribes that:

  • The term for return to work of employees whose employment has been stayed (such as employees who were convicted with imprisonment or those who were sent to work abroad) is suspended and shall elapse 15 days after the expiry of the state of emergency.
  • The terms for use of annual leave days for the employees in the private sector, released from work under the measures for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 (pregnant employees, employees with children below 10 years, etc.) are amended. This category of employees should use the unused annual leave days from 2019 latest by 31 May 2020 and should use two consecutive working weeks as part of their annual leave for 2020 until 30 June 2020, both in accordance with the working process requirements and upon approval from the employer.
  • The prescribed period of maternity leave is automatically extended and salary compensations payable by the state continue for the duration of the measures against COVID-19.

On 04 April 2020, the Government of North Macedonia adopted a Decree concerning the application of certain provisions of the Law on Labour Relations during the state of emergency.

The Decree prescribes that:

  • The term for return to work of employees whose employment has been stayed (such as employees who were convicted with imprisonment or those who were sent to work abroad) is suspended and shall elapse 15 days after the expiry of the state of emergency.
  • The terms for use of annual leave days for the employees in the private sector, released from work under the measures for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 (pregnant employees, employees with children below 10 years, etc.) are amended. This category of employees should use the unused annual leave days from 2019 latest by 31 May 2020 and should use two consecutive working weeks as part of their annual leave for 2020 until 30 June 2020, both in accordance with the working process requirements and upon approval from the employer.
  • The prescribed period of maternity leave is automatically extended and salary compensations payable by the state continue for the duration of the measures against COVID-19.