Labour and employment—Slovenia—Q&A guide

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Labour and employment—Slovenia—Q&A guide
  • 1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?
  • 2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?
  • 3. What are the primary government agencies or other entities responsible for the enforcement of employment statutes and regulations?
  • 4. Is there any legislation mandating or allowing the establishment of employees’ representatives in the workplace?
  • 5. What are their powers?
  • 6. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against background checks on applicants? Does it make a difference if an employer conducts its own checks or hires a third party?
  • 7. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against requiring a medical examination as a condition of employment?
  • 8. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against drug and alcohol testing of applicants?
  • 9. Are there any legal requirements to give preference in hiring to, or not to discriminate against, particular people or groups of people?
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Labour and employment—Slovenia—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to labour and employment in Slovenia published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: April 2020).

Authors: Law firm Šafar & Partners—Martin Šafar; Polona Boršnak

1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?

The main source of employment law in Slovenia is the Employment Relationships Act (ERA-1). The ERA-1 is consistent with European legislation and incorporates all applicable and binding international conventions and EU directives and regulations. Trade union activity, collective agreements and many other aspects of employment law, as well as special categories of workers, are governed by special regulations.

The rights and obligations of the parties to the employment relationship in collective agreements and internal regulations can be stipulated differently or more favourably than those provided by the applicable legislation.

2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?

Prohibition of discrimination and harassment is stipulated in the ERA-1. Employers must ensure equal treatment, irrespective of any personal circumstances. The ERA-1 specifically refers to the prohibition of sexual and other harassment in the workplace, as well as discrimination and retaliation. It also explicitly obliges employers to provide a working environment where none of the employees are subjected to sexual and other harassment or bullying from

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