Croatia

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The GPS Country Snapshot includes 25 sections of information about labor law compliance in Croatia. See a sample of popular sections below.

Termination of Employment

The Croatian Labor Code provides that, in the case of dismissal, the employer must give prior notice to the employee in writing.

The duration of the notice period depends on how long the employee has been working for the same employer:

  • 2 weeks' notice: employed for less than 1 year
  • 1 month: employed for 1 year
  • 1.5 half months: employed for 2 years
  • 2 months: employed for 5 years
  • 2.5  months: employed for 10 years
  • 3 months: employed for 20 years

An employee whose employment contract is terminated due to employee misconduct is entitled to a notice period in the amount of half of the notice periods listed above.

Work Permits

A foreigner who wishes to work in Croatia has to obtain a work permit. The work permit is issued for a maximum of two years and can be extended by submitting an application at least 45 days prior to the expiry of the current work permit.

Paid Annual Leave

In Croatia, an employed mother is entitled to maternity leave during pregnancy, childbirth, and care of a newborn child until the child reaches the age of 6 months. The employee is entitled to 100% of their salary compensation for the duration of maternity leave, which is paid from the funds of the Croatian Health Institute. 

Croatian law dictates that the mother must use maternity leave 28 days before the expected date of delivery and use it continuously until 70 days after birth (compulsory maternity leave). An employed mother may start taking maternity leave 45 days before the day of the expected birth.

Working Hours

Per the labor law of Croatia, the standard workweek is 40 hours, unless otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement. Employees who work over this number of hours are eligible for overtime. Overtime must not exceed 180 hours a year unless contractually agreed, in which case it must not exceed 250 hours. An employee may not work for more than one employer with a total working time of more than 40 hours per week except when the employee is working abroad. 

Part-time work is any working time below the standard 40 hours per week. An employee whose total working time is 40 hours per week, may enter into an employment contract with another employer for a maximum of 8 hours per week, or up to 180 hours per year. The existing employer with whom the employee has already concluded a contract must give written consent for such work.

Maternity Leave

In Croatia, an employed mother is entitled to maternity leave during pregnancy, childbirth, and care of a newborn child until the child reaches the age of 6 months. The employee is entitled to 100% of their salary compensation for the duration of maternity leave, which is paid from the funds of the Croatian Health Institute. 

Croatian law dictates that the mother must use maternity leave 28 days before the expected date of delivery and use it continuously until 70 days after birth (compulsory maternity leave). An employed mother may start taking maternity leave 45 days before the day of the expected birth.

Minimum Wage

From January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024, the minimum wage in Croatia is set at EUR 840 (euros). 

Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within Croatia.
  • Type of Employment Relationship
  • Permanent Employment
  • Fixed-Term or Specific-Purpose Contracts
  • Temporary Employment Contracts
  • Part-time Employment
  • Young Worker Employment
  • Vendors and Independent Contractors
  • Types of Contracts
  • Probationary Period
  • Termination of the Contract of Employment
  • Grounds for Termination
  • Notice of Dismissal
  • Fair Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Suspension of Contract of Employment
  • Severance Benefits
  • Hours of Work
  • Work Week and Timekeeping
  • Night Work and Shift Work
  • Overtime
  • Remote Work
  • Required Time Off
  • Public Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Maternity
  • Other Forms of Leave
  • Social Insurance and Retirement
  • Social Security Contribution
  • National Retirement Scheme
  • Dependents’/Survivors Benefit
  • Life and Disability Insurance/Benefit
  • Statutory Allowances
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Minimum Wage (Basic Wage)
  • Bonuses, Profit Sharing and Other Compensation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Work Environment
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Prohibition of Harassment
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Whistleblowers and Retaliation
  • Workers’ representation in the organization
  • Freedom of Association
  • Registration and Recognition of Unions
  • Trade Union Personality
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreements
  • Disputes and Settlements
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Taxation of Compensation and Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • Taxation of Employee Benefits
  • Tax Filing and Payment Procedures
  • Double Tax Relief and Tax Treaties
  • Visas and Work Permits
  • Visas
  • Work Permits and Residence Permits

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