Slovenia is a country in Central Europe, known for its mountains, ski resorts, and lakes. Slovenia is bordered by Austria to the north and Hungary to the far northeast. To the east, southeast, and south, Slovenia shares a 670 kilometers long border with Croatia. Slovenia covers a total land area of 20,271 square kilometers.

 

*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in Slovenia.

Capital :
Ljubljana
Currency :
Euro (EUR; €)
Languages spoken :
Slovenian
Population :
2.1 million (2020 est.)
Minimum wage 2022 :
EUR 1,074.43 per month
Cost of Living index :
$$$ (45 of 139)
Payroll Frequency :
Monthly
VAT - standard rate :
22%
GDP - real growth rate :
8.1% (2021 est.)

Statutory Holidays

The holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2022.

Date
Holiday Name
Extra Information
January 1
New Year’s Day
January 2
Day after New Year’s Day
February 8
Prešeren Day, Slovenian Cultural Holiday
April 17
Easter Sunday
Movable
April 18
Easter Monday
Movable
April 27
Resistance Day
May 1
Labor Day
May 2
May Day Holiday
June 5
Whit Sunday
Movable
June 25
Statehood Holiday
August 15
Feast of the Assumption
October 31
Reformation Day
November 1
All Saints' Day
December 25
Christmas
December 26
Independence and Unity Day
State holiday

Onboarding Time


When hiring new employees in Slovenia through WorkMotion, the approximate onboarding time is only 10 business days. This time may be affected for events beyond our control at present.

 

Our team ensures compliance with local employment legislation, as well as a quick and efficient onboarding process. The minimum onboarding time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee. 

 

For more complex onboardings, this time may increase depending on the selected bouquet of contract inclusions and the right-to-work status of the employee.

What You Need To Know


  • Remote work is governed by the Labor Relations Act and this law affords remote workers the same rights as those who work at the premises of the employer.
  • Employees with children below the age of 15 are entitled to a longer duration of annual leave.
  • Premiums for overtime work and work on Sundays or holidays are determined in the employment contract or collective agreement.

Labor Conditions


Working Hours

Full working time is fixed on a weekly basis and usually amounts to 40 hours a week. It can be shorter, but not less than 36 hours a week. Where there is an increased risk of injury or harm to health, full working time may be less than 36 hours a week. Full working hours may not be spread over less than 4 days a week. During the day’s work, a full-time worker shall be entitled to a break of 30 minutes. 

 

Overtime

The employer must give employees prior written notice if they have to perform overtime, and must pay them accordingly. However, overtime is limited to a maximum of 8 hours a week, 20 hours a month, or 170 hours a year. Exceptionally, and with the worker’s approval, overtime of up to 230 hours a year is allowed in certain sectors, e.g. healthcare, but this has to be stipulated in the collective agreement for a particular sector or a particular profession.

 

Probation Period

In Slovenia, probation periods are outlined in the employees’ employment contracts. The probation period can be no more than six months.

Termination Notice Period

 

In the event of regular dismissal by the worker, the period of notice given is based on the following guidelines.

Length of ServiceNotice Period
Up to 1 year15 days
More than 1 year30 days. 

A longer notice period may be agreed with an employment contract or collective agreement, but not longer than 60 days.

 

Termination by the Employer

 

In the event of regular dismissal by the employer on business or for the reason of incompetence, the period of notice is given under the following guidelines:

 

Length of ServiceNotice Period
During Probation7 days
Up to 1 year15 days
Between 1 and 2 years30 days
Over 2 years30 days plus 2 days for each extra year completed-up to 60 days
Over 25 years80 days (a collective agreement may give a different notice period, but should not be less than 60 days)

In the event of dismissal by the employer on a guilty plea, the notice period is 15 days.

Leave / Time Off

Annual Leave

Employees are entitled to annual leave of at least four weeks in every calendar year, regardless of whether they work full-time or part-time. An elderly worker with a disability, a worker with at least 60% physical impairment, and a worker who cares for and protects a child in need of special care and care in accordance with the rules governing family benefits are entitled to at least three additional days of annual leave. A worker is entitled to one additional day of annual leave for each child who has not yet reached the age of 15.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to be absent from work in the event of temporary incapacity to work due to illness or injury.

In the instance that the injury or illness is a consequence of work, the insured person is entitled to sick leave benefits until they are able to return to work. The first 30 days of benefit for each absence from work are paid by the employer. In the case of further absence, the benefit is covered by the compulsory health insurance system. The employer compensates them at 100% of their regular salary.

Employees are also entitled to wage compensation in the case of illness or injury occurring outside work. The first 30 days of benefit are paid by the employer. In the case of further absence from work, the benefit is covered by the compulsory health insurance system. The employer compensates them at 100% of their regular salary.

Parental Leave

Parental leave may be taken by the mother or the father under certain conditions (each of them is entitled to 130 days, and the mother can take the father’s 130 days as well, while the father may take only 100 days of the mother’s entitlement), or by another person after the end of maternity leave. It is intended for the provision of childcare and lasts 260 calendar days. Parental leave benefits are funded by the social security system.

 

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave, which lasts 105 days, is intended for pregnant women so that they can prepare for childbirth and then care for their child in the period immediately after birth. In order to be entitled to maternity leave, employees must have parental protection insurance. Mothers start their maternity leave 28 days before the expected date of delivery. Maternity leave benefits are paid at 100% of the base by the social security system.

Paternity Leave

Fathers are entitled to 30 days of paternity leave (plus additional 10 days for the birth of twins or 20 days for triplets). Fathers must take 15 days of paternity leave one month after the end of parental leave. They are entitled to take another 15 paid days of paternity leave; this may be taken at any time between the end of parental leave and the end of the child’s first year at primary school.

Paternity benefits are funded by the social security system. Employees receive compensation in the amount of 100% of the average base while on paternity leave.

Other Types of Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to seven working days of paid leave per calendar year for personal reasons such as:

  • Own wedding
  • Death of a spouse, child, or parent (bereavement)
  • Serious accident
  • Accompanying the child to school on their first day of school.

Unpaid Leave

Employers are required to provide unpaid time off work for employees to vote, perform jury duty, or fulfill any other civil obligations.

Statutory Benefits

There is a compulsory social security insurance system in Slovenia. It consists of four schemes namely:

  • Pension and disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Maternity leave insurance
BenefitEmployer Contribution
Pension and disability Insurance8.85%
Health Insurance6.56%
Parental Care Insurance0.10%
Employment Insurance0.06%
Occupational Injuries and Diseases0.53%
Total16.10%

Health Insurance

Slovenia has compulsory health insurance for all citizens of the Republic of Slovenia.

The insured persons are guaranteed the following:

  • The payment of health services
  • Sick pay during temporary absence from work
  • The reimbursement of travel expenses tied to obtaining health services.

Employers contribute 6.56% towards health insurance.

Other Insurances

Accident Insurance

 

Insurance against injuries at work and occupational diseases is a specific type of insurance that is compulsory for all company employees in Slovenia and they already have this insurance covered on the basis of compulsory social security contributions.

Employers contribute 0.53% towards accident insurance.

Unemployment Insurance

 

Contributions to unemployment insurance are compulsory in Slovenia. Unemployed persons who were compulsorily insured and who became unemployed against their own will or not as a result of their own fault are entitled to unemployment benefits.

In Slovenia, employers contribute 0.06% towards unemployment insurance.

Public Pension

The pension system in the Republic of Slovenia is based on intergenerational solidarity. Every person reaching the defined age and fulfilling the required number of years from the pension qualifying period is entitled to an old-age pension.

The conditions for qualifying for the old-age pension are:

  • 60 years of age and 40 years of pensionable service without purchase; or
  • 65 years of age and a 15-year insurance period.

Employers contribute 8.85% towards pension and disability insurance.

Other Statutory Benefits

Maternity/ Parental Care

 

In Slovenia, employees are entitled to maternity leave benefits, paternity leave benefits, and parental leave benefits.

Employer contributions towards parental care insurance are capped at 0.10%.

Disclaimer

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