Bulgarians to Delay Up to 10 Days of Paid Leave for Next Year

Domestic | February 9, 2011, Wednesday // 18:36|  views

Bulgarian MPs adopted at second reading amendments to the Labor Code, allowing the delay of up to 10 days of the paid leave for the next year. Photo by BGNES

Workers will be able to delay up to 10 days from their annual paid leave for the next year, according to the amendments to the Bulgarian Labor Code, adopted at second reading Wednesday.

According to the changes, employers have the right to delay up to 10 days from their employees' paid leave for production reasons. Employees are also allowed to delay for the next year up to 10 days of their paid leave for personal reasons.

However, the total number of delayed days for the next year should not exceed 10.

With the new amendments, the MPs rejected the previous proposal, which allowed the delay of up to 20 days.

They also rejected the proposal by Bulgaria's right-wing Blue Coalition, which asked that paid leave that have not been taken after August 1, 2010, should expire in two years, while the paid leave from before August 1, 2010 should be unlimited for use.

The MPs decided that the annual paid leave that has not been used in 2010 will be valid only until the end of 2012.

The newly adopted amendments also envision that by the end of March, employees have to prepare schedules for coordinating the use of employees' paid leave in 2011.

Starting from 2012, the schedules will have to be ready by December 31 of the previous year.

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Tags: employees, employers, Labor Code, amendments, paid leave


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