Petition against the reduction of salaries of employees on maternity leave
Due to some changes brought by the new Law on Financial Support to the Family with Children, a petition was launched for fight against the reduction of salaries of employees on maternity leave.
According to the petition, this law was supposed to improve the position of parents in Serbia, but in practice it will bring more harm than good to a large number of mothers who will have lower salaries for a year.
Pregnant women who have been working for less than 18 months, and who have high risk pregnancies forcing them to take leaves, are particularly affected. As it is stated, due to the decision to protect itself from abuse, the state is violating the Labour Act, which guarantees the rights and sick leaves, especially of pregnant women and new mothers.
Only those mothers who worked for full six months before taking pregnancy or maternity leave (if they did not use pregnancy leave) will receive the guaranteed state minimum wage, but these amounts are guaranteed to them only in the first three months since the birth of the child.
For all the other months, the amount that is paid is calculated as follows – the sum of salaries (the basis on which taxes and contributions are paid) in the previous 18 months divided by 18.
This means that there is a maximum salary amount, but not the minimum.
Piše: T. K.