The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Karanović & Nikolić

RESAVSKA 23, 11000 BELGRADE, SERBIA
Tel:
Work +381 11 30 94 200
Fax:
Fax +381 11 30 94 223
Email:
Web:
https://www.karanovic-nikolic.com

Show all Press releases

The New National Employment Service’s Practice of Prolonging of Work Permits

November 2017

The National Employment Service changed its years-long practice regarding the extension of work permits for persons on secondment.

In particular, pursuant to Article 19 of the Law on the Employment of foreigners, work permits based on secondment are obtained for a period of the duration of an agreement between the local employer - who is the service user, and a foreign employer, but no longer than for one year. Exceptionally, a work permit for a seconded person can be issued for a longer period in case the employee is seconded from a country with which the Republic of Serbia has concluded a secondment related bilateral convention.  

In practice, until recently, this meant that a secondment-based work permit was issued initially for a maximum period of 12 months (or exceptionally 24 months, if there was a bilateral social convention in place that envisaged this term). Once issued, a work permit for a seconded person could have been prolonged multiple times upon the expiry of the initial period, if adequate documents were properly and timely submitted.

However, this practice has been changed recently and the authority's standpoint now is that the National Employment Service will not continue to extend work permits, on the basis of secondment, upon the expiry of the maximum duration period of such permits.

In particular, this means that foreigners, who are in Serbia based on secondment for longer than 12 or 24 months (depending on the country of their residence), will, upon the expiry of their current work permit, need to regulate their work status in a different manner in order to continue working in Serbia – for example, to conclude an employment agreement with a Serbian employer or to otherwise acquire the basis for obtaining a new work permit.

With respect to this issue, Karanović & Nikolić attended the meeting recently held with the Ministry of Labour, at the initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce and the Foreign Investor Council, where the representatives of the Ministry of Labour and the National Employment Service have confirmed the noted change in practice, with respect to the prolongation of secondment work permits, and underlined that this practice will be strictly applied in the future. Therefore, local employers should timely consider options for the future engagement of these persons after the expiry of their current permits.

The information in this document does not constitute legal advice on any particular matter and is provided for general informational purposes only.

Legal Developments by:
Karanović & Nikolić

  • Karanovic & Partners joins Ius Laboris

    We are proud to announce that Karanovic & Partners has joined Ius Laboris, the world's premier global network of human resources law firms. The Employment practice of Karanovic & Partners in Serbia joined this prestigious organisation to reinforce its international HR advisory services for domestic and international companies.
    - Karanovic & Nikolic

Legal Developments in Serbia

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Karanovic & Partners joins Ius Laboris

    We are proud to announce that Karanovic & Partners has joined Ius Laboris, the world's premier global network of human resources law firms. The Employment practice of Karanovic & Partners in Serbia joined this prestigious organisation to reinforce its international HR advisory services for domestic and international companies.
  • Karanovic & Partners: The 13th Traditional Conference on Competition Law and Data Protection

    On 28 November 2018, Karanovic & Partners, together with the  Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom , held the Competition and Data Protection conference at the Hilton Belgrade hotel. This traditional yearly conference – now in its' 13th year, gathered more than 120 experts from the business and legal community, as well as key regulators and stakeholders, to discuss the most important current issues in the fields of competition law and data protection.
  • Serbia Enacts a New Data Protection Law

    In light of the new EU data protection scheme, shaped by the GDPR, Serbia has enacted a new Data Protection Law on 9 November 2018, with its' applicability postponed for 21 August 2019. The new law was long-awaited: it has been 10 years since the existing law was passed, which was even at that moment already outdated (e.g. it recognized only consent in the written form and almost completely restricted data transfers to non-European countries).
  • Privatisation Disputes

    This article was written by  Milan Lazić, Senior  Partner , and  Milica Savić, Senior Associate , and originally published in the "Reshaping the boundaries of arbitrability: Are we heading forward?" publication by the  Permanent Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia .
  • Geographical Indications Of Origin In Serbia: Where The Past Fuels The Future

    This article was written by Dragomir Kojić, Partner ⃰, and Tamara Bubalo, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine. To see the original article, please follow this link.
  • Striving Towards the Black Gold

    This article was written by Petar Mitrović, Partner ⃰, and Nikolina Kažić, Associate ⃰, and was originally published in Issue 5.2 of the CEE Legal Matters Magazine To see the original article, please follow this
  • Montenegro To Publish A Tender For A 200 MW Solar Power Plant

    The Montenegrin Government plans to publish a tender for the lease of state land for the purpose of constructing a solar power plant in the municipality of Ulcinj. According to the announcement, the tender envisages a total of 6,621,121 square meters of land for the planning, construction, exploitation, and maintenance of a solar power plant at Briska gora, in the very south of Montenegro.
  • Laying the Foundations: ZF Group Building a Factory in Serbia

    The Karanović & Nikolić team, led by Senior Partner Marjan Poljak and Senior Associates ⃰ Ana Stanković and Ana Luković, advised ZF Friedrichshafen on the project of opening an electric vehicle parts factory in Pančevo, Serbia. The German company, a global leader specialising in the design, research and development, and manufacturing activities in the automotive industry, laid the foundations and began construction on 21 June 2018.
  • Interview with Patricia Gannon: The Importance of Female Leadership in Law Today

    Patricia Gannon, founding partner at Karanović & Nikolić, was recently appointed Chair of the European Forum at the International Bar Association . In this interview, she discusses her role at the helm of the largest global gathering of legal professionals and tackles the important topic of diversity in law, as well as female leadership from her unique perspective as female co-founder of a leading law firm from Southeast Europe.
  • Raspberries and IT: New Sector Inquiries by the Serbian Competition Commission

    The Serbian Competition Commission (the " Commission ") recently finished sector inquiries concerning quite distinct industries – raspberries and the public procurement for software and hardware. The aim behind the inquiries was to perform extensive market research and analysis in order to acquire a clearer picture of the possible antitrust issues and risks in two sectors widely perceived as strategic for the development of the Serbian economy.