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Changes to the labour code proposed

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Friday, November 30
The new government is making changes in the Georgian Labour Code in favour of employees.

Parliament’s Healthcare and Social Issues Committee has proposed a number of changes affecting termination of contracts and sick leave benefits.

The proposed labour code amendment would require employers to demonstrate the “extreme necessity” of firing an employee, give employees notice of termination a month in advance and give him/her no less than one month’s salary in compensation.

Under the current law all employees in Georgia are entitled to 30 successive working days of sick leave, or 50 working days in a six month period. The proposed labour code amendment would increase the amount of sick leave days to 60 during a six month period. An employee could only be fired if their sick leave exceeded 60 days.

Under the proposed labour code amendment employers will be prohibited from firing women on maternity leave.