Latvian Welfare Ministry proposes reducing overtime pay for the first time two hours by half, says WM Egils Zarins.
He notes that from now on employees who work overtime will be paid no less than 50% of their normal pay for the first two hours. For every next hour, overtime pay has to be no lower than 100% or the normal pay.
The current added pay amount – 100% of normal pay – remains in relation to holiday work. At the same time, it is not prohibited to establish larger pay for overtime and work during holidays, the ministry reports.
Welfare Ministry reports that it is provided by amendments to the Labour Law announced at the State Secretaries meeting on Thursday, 23 February. It is necessary to coordinate amendments with ministries and the government.
The ministry explains that in future gases when the employee is suspended for appearing drunk or under effect of narcotics and in other states that could potentially endanger the employee or other people, the employer has to maintain the employee’s pay at the minimal amount proportionate to the period of time the employee remains suspended from work.
Amendments also state that in the event of unjustified suspension of the employee, the employer will have to pay the difference between average earnings and the employee paid the minimum monthly wage for the entire period of time of being suspended from work.
The Labour Law is added with a regulation that states that in cases when suspension was justified, the employer will have the right to withhold from employee wages paid during the suspension period.
«The make the existing regulation that governs restriction of competition after termination of work relations clearer, it is planned to introduce rules that detail different competition restriction examples. They are not all encompassing, because there are other possible competition restriction forms. It will, however, provide more clarity in this matter,» Welfare Ministry reports.
In order to improve legal, it is planned to include a regulation in the Labour Law that will state in cases when the employer does not cancel remark or reprimand after viewing a complaint, the employee will have the right to turn to court within one month from the day the employee received employer’s refusal to cancel applied remark or reprimand.
To balance the rights of relevant sides, it is planned to state in the law that in cases when employees commence work with the employer agrees that the reason mentioned by the employee is serious enough not to continue work relations, the employer will have to pay lay-off benefit in the amount stated in the law.
If a conflict arises between the two sides over the reason for the remark, the employee will have the right to turn to court to enforce lay-off benefits, WM reports.
The legal draft was developed in cooperation with social partners – Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia and Latvian Employers’ Confederation. Multiple proposals were also submitted by the Foreign Investors Council. Discussions were also held with organizations representing disabled people.