Law no. 213/2020 modified the Romanian Labour Code by including professional third parties in the development of the labour relationship. Specialists in labour law and human resources can now assist both the employer and the employee during the individual negotiation, can be designated to conduct disciplinary inquiries on behalf of the employer and can act as a mediator in case of individual conflict
Usually recordings can be used in civil court cases only if both parties are aware that the conversation is being recorded and agree to it. During a recent meeting held by the National Institute of Magistrates, specialized employment judges decided that in employment related cases recordings of conversations between employees and employers (or employers representatives) can exceptionally be used as prove.
Law no. 167/2020 introduces the legal definition of moral harassment at the workplace and new obligations and guidelines for employers that need to guarantee a harassment free environment for their employees.
The maximum number of working permits that have been authorised to be issued in 2020 for workers outside the EU and EEC is 30.000. The maximum contingent is the largest approved to date
As from January 2020, employees will receive a higher minimum wage, set at 2.230 RON (approx. 467 EUR) and employers will be required to pay, at least, the relevant minimum wage to all full time employees. For positions that require higher education, 2.350 RON (approx. 492 EUR) is the new fixed wage. Wages were not increased universally however; the minimum wage for construction sector employees will remain the same
The law regulating state funded pensions has been amended to provide additional benefits to employees employed in specifically designated categories of work, after 1 April 2001
The General Labour Inspectorate announced that the local inspectorates applied administrative sanctions – fines to 515 of the 2.449 – more than 1 in 5 – employers that were controlled in August in order to verify working conditions
The Romanian Government took the decision to supplement the maximum number of new working permits that can be issued by the immigration authorities in 2019, from the initial 20.000 to 30.000 in consideration of the high demand for working permits
The most important changes of the new law on the Romanian Public Pension System are the ones regarding the way the pensions are to be calculated. According to the new law, the algorithm that is used in order to determine the pension will be changed and all existing pensions will undergo a recalculation process. However, no existing pension will be lower after the recalculation and changes on the amounts are to be made only if they are more favourable to the beneficiaries
The Supreme Court has issued a general and mandatory ruling stating that in order for an employee to be ordered to pay damages to the employer, a court should determine the amount that is to be paid. The parties cannot negotiate and insert, within the individual employment agreements, predetermined amounts