New Regulation on preventive measures for safe and healthy work to prevent the occurrence and spread of infectious disease epidemic

18.08.2020.

The Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs passed the Regulation on preventive measures for safe and healthy work to prevent the occurrence and spread of infectious disease epidemic (the “Regulation”), which became effective on 11 July 2020. In accordance with the Regulation, all employers are required to pass a plan for the implementation of measures to prevent the occurrence and spread of any contagious disease within 30 days as of the effective date of the Regulation, i.e. by 10 August 2020.

The Regulation applies to all job positions in work surroundings where work is performed, other than work in the field, and work from home.

The Regulation provides that a plan of implementation of measures must contain (i) preventive measures and activities necessary to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases; (ii) responsibility for the implementation and control of the implementation of preventive measures and activities; and (iii) measures and activities necessary for dealing with a contagious disease.

In accordance with the Law on safety and health at work, for failure to comply with this Regulation, relevant labor inspector could impose a fine for misdemeanor offense (i) for legal persons ranging from RSD 800,000 – 1,000,000; (ii) for entrepreneurs ranging from RSD 400,000 – 500,000; (iii) for the responsible person of the employer ranging from RSD 40,000 – 50,000; and (iv) for employees ranging from RSD 10,000 – 20,000. The labor inspector may also prohibit work at the employer’s workplace for the duration of the circumstances that endanger the safety and health of the employee.

For more information, please contact us at ksenija.sorajic@ksel.rs

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