Many employees in Serbia were unable to take their annual leave due to the coronavirus pandemic last year.
This particularly applies to medical workers, especially those working around the clock in the so-called red zones, followed by workers in the pharmaceutical industry and commerce. Some did not go on holiday because they were infected with COVID, others because of isolation after contact with people who had the virus, but there were also those who voluntarily accepted to work non-stop because of the shortage of staff.
The Serbian government has recommended that those employees who were unable to take their paid annual leave in 2021, because of the pandemic, can use them by the end of this year or by 30th June next year. The Government’s decision was published in the Official Gazette on 11 March 2022.
“Employers in Serbia are recommended to allow employees who, due to the nature of their work in extraordinary circumstances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic or temporary inability to work as a result of the COVID infection or due to self-isolating because they were in contact with a person who was infected, who have not used their annual leave days to allow them to use them,” the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs confirmed.
Employers may allow employees to take their annual leave before the end of the year, or possibly to take the first part of the leave, lasting at least two continuous working weeks, until 31 December 2022, and the remaining part until 30 June 2023.
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