A draft law was adopted which shortens sick leave in FBiH from 42 to 15 days

A draft law was adopted which shortens sick leave in FBiH from 42 to 15 days

At the session of the House of Representatives of the FBiH Parliament, which was held today, the representatives adopted a draft of amendments to the Law on Health Insurance, which reduces the number of days of sick leave from 42 to 15. The law was considered in the form of a draft and was adopted as such.

At the end of last year, Ramiz Karić submitted the draft law to the procedure, which would reduce the number of days of sick leave paid by the employer from the 42 days guaranteed to the worker by the current legal solution, to 15 days of paid sick leave, after which the Fund would health insurance took over the payment of benefits to workers.
“If we look at European statistics, the vast majority of European countries have 0 days of sick leave at the expense of the employer. So, the first day when an employee goes on sick leave, he is paid by the Health Insurance Fund, because contributions are paid. We have 4 countries where it is 42 working days , these are Germany, Austria, Croatia and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, let’s say 3.5 countries,” explained Adnan Smailbegović, president of the FBiH Employers’ Association, at the press conference yesterday.

He pointed out that the European average for sick leave is 6.5 days per year, while the average in Sarajevo Canton is 22 days per year, which employers consider to be an abuse of the system.

Article 2 of the proposed amendment to the law states that injuries at work “are an integral part of the risks of performing work and tasks and cannot be avoided, but it must be emphasized that, in these cases, the employer is not responsible”.

Unlike other employees, civil servants have guaranteed salaries and benefits because the chances of the budget system of any country collapsing are very small, they represent a special category of employees, and such a law will have the greatest consequences for workers in the metal processing sectors, construction workers or those who work in the chemical sector as well as others whose health is most directly at risk.

It is simply an “integral part of the job” for employers, and if everything goes as they want, the greatest pressure will be on the doctors who will have to decide if someone is bad enough.