12. 4. 2016

Catering and tourism: a new collective agreement signed by the social partners

On 1 March 2016 a new Collective Agreement for the Hospitality and Tourism Industries in Slovenia entered into force, bringing only a few less important changes for the employees and employers in this sector.

The new Collective Agreement for the Hospitality and Tourism Industries in Slovenia (KPGT) has been concluded until 31 December 2017 and applies to all employers who are members of the Tourism and Hospitality Chamber of Slovenia and/or the Association of Employers of Slovenia. We also expect that this collective agreement will be granted an extended validity and will in the future bind all employers in the catering and tourism sector.

Considering that the aim of the social partners was mainly to “extend” the validity of the last branch collective agreement that expired on 31 December 2015, this new KPGT does not introduce any substantial changes that affect the rights and obligations of the employees and the employers. Below we highlight a number of minor changes that are, in our opinion, the most relevant.

In addition to the obligation to provide a safe working environment, the KPGT introduces an obligation for employers to adopt internal acts, which regulate the use and maintenance of obligatory uniforms and other work-related equipment. We therefor recommend that all employers, who are bound by the new KPGT, adopt such internal rules, if they have not already done so.

The new KPGT further modifies the provisions concerning the irregular distribution of working time and its redistribution, as well as repeals the provisions on mass terminations of employees and the probation period provisions in cases where an employer has failed to serve an employee with a probation period assessment at least three working days prior to expiry of the probation period. The KPGT also stipulates additional duties for the Collective Agreement Interpretation Commission, which from now onwards must provide an opinion with regard to the interpretation within 30 days and regulate its work by adopting special rules of procedure.

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