Employment regulations in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina are largely idiosyncratic, which makes legal support essential. Our employment practice spans from everyday support to employers in managing their relationships with employees and ensuring compliance with labour regulations, through to assistance in meeting the challenges posed by modern technologies in the workplace, and to helping them in contentious situations.
- Setting up a solid internal framework: Drafting of disciplinary rules and various company policies. Ensuring proper localisation of global policies.
- Ensuring compliance: Implementing a whistleblowing scheme. Advice on occupational health and safety requirements. Ensuring overall compliance with employment regulations.
- Establishing relationships: Drafting employment agreements, management agreements, and out-of-employment agreements. Advising and implementing non-competition, non-solicitation, Intellectual Property, data protection and privacy clauses. Advice on outsourcing.
- Rightsizing the workforce: Advice on and support in carrying our redundancies.
- Secondments: Advice on secondments within Serbia and cross-border.
- White collar work: Appointment and dismissal of directors/board members. Drafting management agreements for directors/board members. Advice on implementing remuneration plans and incentive schemes.
- Immigration issues: Advice and assistance in the procedure for obtaining/extending residence and work permits for foreign employees and their family members.
- Collective bargaining: Relations with trade unions, support in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and advice on their application, advice on the prevention of strikes and the minimization of their effects, representation in industrial disputes.
- Terminations: Assessment of the grounds for dismissals. Advice on and guidance through the procedure. Drafting the dismissal documentation. Assistance and guidance through sensitive negotiations.
- Labour disputes: Representation in labour litigation.
- Data Protection and Privacy: Advice on how to address the impact of new technologies on the traditional standards of behaviour in the workplace and on how to overcome the growing overlap between private and work spaces. Drafting privacy policies. Registration of filing systems with the Data Protection Authority. Cross-border data transfers.
- IP at the workplace: Advice on work-related copyright, design and patent.
- Tax: Advice on tax and social contribution regimes related to different forms of employment.
"Outstanding department that receives strong recognition from the market. Provides a broad scope of advice on employee-related matters such as immigration, the analysis of dismissals and workplace health and safety. Possesses additional expertise in whistle-blowing issues. Routinely advises on the impact of EU law on Serbian legislation. Also assists with labour litigation, data protection and privacy issues.
Clients praise the firm for its ‘excellent service in terms of speed, thorough knowledge, practical advice and excellent English.’
Other sources highlight the firm's ‘remarks are concise, comprehensive and easily accessible to people with no background in Serbian employment law.’"
- Chambers Europe 2018 (SERBIA)
"BDK Advokati’s ‘responsive lawyers’ are highly regarded for immigration advice; employment policies; whistleblowing; collective bargaining; contentious terminations; and redundancies. Ana Jankov is the name to note."
- Legal 500 2018 (SERBIA)
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