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Slovenia – Labour reforms propose temporary quotas

21 February 2013

Labour reform proposals in Slovenia are looking into implementing temporary quotas to restrict the number of agency staff working at any one company. The country’s press agency reports that unions and employers remain divided on the issue.

But time is running out as social partners have until the end of the month to negotiate the proposals before parliamentary debates kick off in March. The current proposals suggest a quota of 25% while some unions have called for a lower quota of 15%.

Slovenia’s staffing industry, which remains tiny compared to other European countries, has seen an increase in temporary workers and staffing firms in recent years. Politicians and unions have therefore called for greater regulation of the industry. But employers are against temporary quotas as they rely on temporary staff during peak periods, arguing that restrictions would damage business.

Labour reform proposals also demand greater responsibility from employers when hiring temporary staff. There have also been reports that some staffing firms charge commissions from workers, which is strictly prohibited.

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