Expand your organization into Slovenia, even if you don’t have a Slovenian entity
Slovenia is a highly developed country in Eastern Europe with a diverse history and culture. The country’s well-educated population is a driving force behind its success and adds to the attraction of foreign investment.
If your business is planning an expansion into Slovenia, then you may encounter delays, and should expect things to potentially take longer than planned. The country’s unique regulations, coupled with the language and cultural barriers, can make progress slow when trying to establish and grow a business there.
At New Horizons, we help businesses from all industries to expand abroad, including into Slovenia. Our professional employer organization (PEO), employer of record, and payroll services can provide your organization with everything you need to kickstart your Slovenian expansion in a matter of days, not months, even if you don’t have an established entity in Slovenia.
As the only global PEO with an in-house recruitment team, we can also take care of the sourcing, hiring, and onboarding of your Slovenian workforce, along with any associated HR and legal compliance work. Our tailored services can save you thousands in associated expansion costs.
Our Slovenia PEO helps you expand more efficiently
New Horizons enables you to expand your business into Slovenia, without having to set up a legal subsidiary.
Hiring in Slovenia: Employment law overview
Employment contracts in Slovenia
When employing in Slovenia, you should provide employees with a written employment contract. The contract should have all necessary details of the employment agreement such as salary, vacation leave, expected working hours, expected duties, and so on. It should also be written in the official language of Slovenian and use the local currency of the Euro.
Working hours in Slovenia
A normal working week in Slovenia is 40 hours, with eight-hour days. Including overtime, working weeks should not exceed 48 hours.
Public holidays in Slovenia
Slovenia celebrates several public holidays, for which most employees receive the day off work:
New Year’s Day
New Year holiday
Day of Uprising Against Occupation
1 May-2 May
Labor Day / May Day
Assumption of Mary
Slovenians in Prekmurje Incorporated into the Mother Nation Day
Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day
Rudolf Maister Day
Independence and Unity Day
Slovenia vacation leave
Workers in Slovenia are usually entitled to four weeks of paid vacation leave. Disabled workers and those over 55 years old are entitled to three extra days. Additionally, seven days of personal leave is common, which can be used for things like weddings and funerals.
Slovenia sick leave
Employees in Slovenia are entitled to paid sick leave with no limit, providing that they can prove the sickness with a doctor’s note. If the absence is unrelated to work, employees receive at least 80% of normal pay, and this rises to 100% if it is work-related. The compensation is generally covered by the employer for one month, after which the government takes responsibility.
Parental leave in Slovenia
Most female employees in Slovenia are entitled to 105 days of paid maternity leave, covered at a rate of at least 55% of normal salary. This allowance must begin at least 28 days prior to the birth date. Spouses can take 30 days of parental leave and may be granted additional days in some years, but this is dependent on the country’s economy in the year prior.
There is also an allowance of 260 days of shared childcare leave to be taken after the initial period of parental leave.
Terminations and severance in Slovenia
Probation periods for employees in Slovenia are capped at six months. After this, it becomes more difficult to terminate an employment contract, and in most cases, a notice period of between 15 and 80 days will be legally required, with the length depending on the duration of an employee’s service.
Severance payments may also be required, which is between one-fifth and one-third of monthly salary for every year worked, depending on the length of service.
Taxation in Slovenia
Employers and employees in Slovenia are required to pay a percentage of salary toward various social security schemes such as pensions, workplace accident insurance, and so on. These contributions total 22.1% for employees and 16.1% for employers.
Health coverage in Slovenia
Slovenian employees are covered by the public health system, but many employers choose to provide supplementary private medical insurance.
Slovenia compensations & benefits
Compensation laws in Slovenia
The minimum wage for employees in Slovenia is €940.58 per month as of 2020.
Benefit management in Slovenia
It can be difficult to understand and set up employee benefits in Slovenia, and it can require a lot of time, effort, and investment on the part of employers.
Outsourcing your benefit management process ensures that you fully understand and adhere to the rules, ensuring your compliance and speeding up the process significantly. At New Horizons, our Slovenia employment experts will help you to find and arrange your benefits, advise on your strategy, and ensure compliance with the law.