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Name: Act of 18 June 2004 to amend the Labour Code.
Country: Bulgaria
Subject(s): Labour codes, general labour and employment acts
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2004-06-18
Entry into force:
Published on: D'rzhaven Vestnik, 2004-06-18, No. 52, pp. 2-6
Unofficial English translation, 2004-10, 14 p.
ISN: BGR-2004-L-68672
Bibliography: D'rzhaven Vestnik, 2004-06-18, No. 52, pp. 2-6
Unofficial English translation, 2004-10, 14 p.
Abstract/Citation: Provides that the following additional information shall be specified in an employment contract: place of work; title and character of the work position; date of signing and day of the beginning of the contract's implementation; duration of the contract; duration of annual leave; advanced notification required for termination by either party; main and additional wages and terms for their payment; the duration of the working day or working week.
Also provides for rules protecting employees' rights in cases of mergers or change of enterprise owner. In such cases workers' representatives shall keep their functions up to one year.
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, nationality, sexual orientation, age, political and religous matters in relation to work. The employer is obliged to post in a suitable place information on job vacancies, their conditions, character of the positions, and requirements.
Also provides for new requirements on mass dismissals. Employers intending to dismiss large numbers of workers are obliged to start consultations with workers' representatives no later than 45 days prior to the planned dismissal and to make efforts to meet an agreement or restrict its consequences. Specifies what the term mass dismissal includes. Employers shall provide workers' representatives with detailed information on planned dismissals. Related negotiations shall be held in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
When starting a job, an employee is entitled to an annual paid leave after eight months of work (previously six months).
Also provides for protective rules for pregnant women. A special list of jobs which are not allowed to pregnant women shall be established. The employer cannot send on a busines trip a pregnant woman or a woman with a child less than three years of age if she does not agree so in writting.

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