Amending the law to accelerate the employment of foreigners
At today's correspondence session, the Government adopted a bill on amendments to the Employment, Self-employment and Work of Foreigners Act and will send it to the National Assembly for consideration under fast-track procedure.
The Slovenian Government proposes that the National Assembly consider the bill on amendments to the Employment, Self-employment and Work of Foreigners Act (ZZSDT) and the bill on amendments to the Foreigners Act at the same session, due to their substantive connection and the need for simultaneous publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.
With the entry into force of the proposed amendment to the ZZSDT, a foreigner will be able to change employers and jobs, or to be employed by several employers during the validity of the single permit, on the basis of the consent of the Employment Service of Slovenia (ZRSZ) alone, i.e. without a decision of the administrative unit.
The provisions of the Employment, Self-employment and Work of Foreigners Act will not apply to foreigners working for employers in the state or public sector. There is a severe shortage of suitable staff in the state and public sector, especially in the area of health and social services (health centres, retirement homes, sheltered work centres and social welfare training institutes, public institutions providing social welfare services such as family home care and public social welfare institutions providing social welfare services). The procedures at the ZRSZ are complex because of the need to establish the level of education, language skills and qualifications of foreigners, which is why the amendment proposes that the ZZSDT should not apply to foreigners to be employed in the state or public sector, meaning that no consent of the ZRSZ will be required for employment in the public sector.
Asylum seekers who have the right to access the labour market on the basis of the law governing international protection of the right to free access to the labour market will be able to exercise such right to freely access the Slovenian labour market three months after obtaining asylum seeker status. Under the currently applicable Employment, Self-employment and Work of Foreigners Act, they gain free access to the labour market nine months after obtaining asylum seeker status.
The Act sets a new time limit for taking up work when a foreigner, during the period of validity of the single permit, changes employer or takes up employment with two or more employers on the basis of new consent of the Employment Service of Slovenia, i.e. without the written approval of the administrative unit.