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  1. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law of 16 June 2016 "On Official Electronic Address". - legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-06-16 | Date of entry into force: 2018-03-01 | LVA-2016-L-105202

    Chapter I: General provisions
    Article 1: Terms used in the law
    Article 2: The purpose of the law
    Article 3: Official electronic address information system status and availability
    Article 4: Scope of the law
    Article 5: Use of official e-mail address
    Chapter II: Establishing the official electronic address and activating the official e-mail account
    Article 6: Elements of the official electronic address
    Article 7: Creating an official e-mail address and activating the official e-mail account
    Article 8: The official catalog of electronic addresses
    Chapter III: Access to the official e-mail account
    Article 9: Access to the official e-mail account
    Article 10: Transfer of access rights
    Article 11: Cancellation of the official electronic address and deactivation of the official e-mail account
    Chapter IV: Electronic correspondence and sending, receiving and storing electronic documents
    Article 12: Electronic communication and sending of electronic documents
    Article 13: Notice of receipt of electronic communication and electronic documents
    Article 14: Storage and availability of electronic correspondence and electronic documents
    Chapter V: Obligations and responsibilities
    Article 15: Official electronic address information system manager
    Article 16: Obligations and responsibilities of the user of official electronic address account
    Transitional provisions.

  2. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 248 of 30 November 2015 "On Solidarity Tax". - Legislation On-Line

    Adoption: 2015-11-30 | Date of entry into force: 2016-01-01 | LVA-2015-L-102236

    In accordance with the laws "On State Social Insurance" and "On Taxes and Duties", introduces the terms used in the law, also the purpose of the law which refers to the reduction of the inequality of workers improving social protection of the population. Also sets, inter alia, the taxable amount, taxation period, clarifies the categories of workers subjected to pay the solidarity tax; establishes the tax rate, tax calculation, rights, duties of taxpayers, tax administration.

  3. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No.230.1 of 5 November 2015 "On Personal Electronic Identification". - Legislation On-Line

    Adoption: 2015-11-05 | Date of entry into force: 2015-12-08 | LVA-2015-L-102237

    Introduces, inter alia, the concept of electronic identification; the purpose and scope of the law; the procedure of providing electronic identification means; security of electronic identification; the requirements for qualified skilled or high-security electronic identification service provider, also terms of service; skilled or qualified high security electronic identification service provision information system, equipment and procedure, security description; civil liability Insurance; technical and organizational requirements; physical persons'and electronic service provider's duties and responsibilities.

  4. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law of the Parliament (Saeima) of 23 October 2014 to Amend the Labour Law. - Legislation On-Line

    Adoption: 2014-10-23 | Date of entry into force: 2015-01-01 | LVA-2014-L-98128

    The amendments generally ensure a higher degree of transposition of EU labour legislation and are linked with the implementation of certain directives of EU: namely Directive 94/33/EC, Directive 1999/70/EC, Directive 98/59/EC, Directive 2003/88/EC. Accordingly, introduces new wording to para 2 of article 37 (Prohibitions and Restrictions of Employment), subparagraph 2) of para (2) of article 132 (Working Time for Persons under 18 Years of Age), article 45 (Term of an Employment Contract Entered into for a Specified Period), para (4) of article 106 (Information and Consultations, when Carrying out Collective Redundancy) and para (1) of article 107 (Commencing Collective Redundancy), para (3) of article 138 (Night Work), paras 2, 6 of article 140 (Summed Working Time), para 4 of article 143 (Weekly Rest), para 5 of article 149 (Annual Paid Leave).

  5. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. of 4 November 2004 on Information Society Services. - Laws On-line in English Laws On-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2011-11-04 | LVA-2011-L-90449

    Ensures the free circulation of electronic information via different means as defined in section 1(1)2) in European Economic Area Member States. Regulates, inter alia, questions of personal data protection as well as control and supervision over the circulation of information.

    Implements the following EU Directives:
    - Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market
    - Directive 98/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 July 1998 amending Directive 98/34/EC laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations;
    - Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications).
    - Directive 2009/136/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users¿ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services, Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector and Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.

  6. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. LV, 103 (4501) of 16 June 2011 to Amend and Supplement the Labour Law. - Laws On-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2011-06-16 | Date of entry into force: 2011-07-20 | LVA-2011-L-90424

    Amends and Supplements the following articles of the Law : para 2 of article 4(Employer), para 4 and 5 of article 7 (Principle of Equal Rights), para 5 of article 10 (Representation of Employees), article 14 (Posting of an Employee), article 28 (Employment Legal Relationships and Contracts of Employment), article 35 (Documents Necessary for Preparing an Employment Contract), article 37 (Prohibitions and Restrictions of Employment), article 38 (Information Regarding Applicants and Documents for Applying for Work), article 40 (Form of an Employment Contract), article 74 (Payment of Average Earnings in Case of Idle Time), article 75 (1) (Payment for Wages if Employed Persons Does not Stay in the Republic of Latvia), article 90 (Reproof and Reprimand), article 96 (1) (Labour Security Service Provider), article 104 (Reduction in the Number of Employees).

  7. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. LV, 62 (4460) of 20 April 2011 to Amend the Labour Law. - Laws On-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2011-04-20 | Date of entry into force: 2011-05-04 | LVA-2011-L-90403

    Introduces minor wording changes in article 40 of the Labour Law dealing with forms of employment contracts for the Military.

  8. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. LV 205 (4397) of 29 December 2010 amending the Law of 17 November 1995 on Compulsory social insurance in respect of accidents at work and occupational diseases. (likums "Grozījumi likumā "Par obligāto sociālo apdro'inā'anu pret nelaimes gadījumiem darbā un arodslimībām" "LV", 205 (4397), 29.12.2010.)) - Laws On-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2010-12-29 | Date of entry into force: 2011-01-01 | LVA-2010-L-88254

    Introduces minor wording changes in article 20 regulating the issue of compensation in case of lose of ability to work.

  9. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. LV, 51/52 (4243/4244) amending the Law on Support for Unemployed Persons and Persons Seeking Employment. (likums "Grozījumi Bezdarbnieku un darba meklētāju atbalsta likumā" ("LV", 51/52 (4243/4244).) - Laws On-line in English Laws On-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2010-03-11 | Date of entry into force: 2010-04-14 | LVA-2010-L-88308

    Amends articles 2.1 Prohibition of Differential Treatment; article 3 Active Employment Measures; Article 4 Competence of the Cabinet; article 6 State Employment Agency; article 9 Financing of Active Employment Measures, Preventative Measures for Unemployment Reduction and Projects; Article 12 Loss of Unemployed Person Status and Re-acquisition Thereof; article 14 Duties of an Unemployed Person; article 17 Restrictions on the Provision of Work Placement Services.

  10. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 47 (4239) of 4 March 2010 to amending the Labour Law. (likums "Grozījumi Darba likumā" ("LV", 47 (4239), 24.03.2010.)) - Laws On-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2010-03-04 | Date of entry into force: 2010-03-25 | LVA-2010-L-88252

    Introduces a number of changes in several articles of the Law. Amends, inter alia, article 14 (Posting of an Employee) regulating terms and conditions of employees posting abroad and legal regime, rights and duties that shall regulates the relationship between employer and employee. Amends article 18 (Parties to Collective Agreement) regulating cases when the General Agreement should be applied to all of the industry workers.
    Amends article 22 (Approval of a Collective Agreement) providing that where a collective agreement is signed between an employer and a trade union representing at least 50% of employees , the general meeting of employees (conference) to approve the collective agreement is no longer needed.
    Amends and supplements articles 29, 32, 34, 44, 53, 60, 71, 98, 101, 106,107,108, 129,133, 134,140,152,157 of the Law.

  11. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. LV 23(4215) of 21 January 2010 on the Involvement of Employees in Decision Making in a European Commercial Company, a European Cooperative Society and in the Case of Cross-Border Merger of Capital Companies. (likums "Par darbinieku iesaistī'anu lēmumu pieņem'anā Eiropas komercsabiedrībā, Eiropas kooperatīvajā sabiedrībā un kapitālsabiedrību pārrobe'u apvienosanas gadījumā" ("LV", 23 (4215)) - Laws On-line in English Laws On-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2010-01-21 | Date of entry into force: 2010-02-24 | LVA-2010-L-88309

    Sets up the procedure by which employees shall be involved in the decision making in a European commercial company, a European cooperative society and in the case of cross-border merger of capital companies in an acquiring company.

  12. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 4186 of 1 December 2009 to amend the Law on Labour. (Grozījumi Darba likumā) - BIB database of Latvian legislation Laws on-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2009-12-01 | Date of entry into force: 2010-01-01 | LVA-2009-L-85635

    Adds para. 2 to Article 2 and para 10 to the Transitional Provisions of the Labour Law clarifying certain cases and conditions for the payment mechanisms of wage or unemployment benefits for state officials, public servants and employees of self-government bodies. Repeals paras. 5 and 7 of article 62.

  13. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 4083 of 26 June 2009 to amend the Law on Labour. (Grozījums Darba likumā) - BIB database of Latvian legislation Laws on-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2009-06-26 | Date of entry into force: 2009-06-29 | LVA-2009-L-85634

    Adds, para 9 to the Transitional Provisions of the Labour Law regulating wages and unemployment benefit payment mechanisms for public servants and employees of self-government bodies.

  14. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 4093 of 18 June 2009 to amend the Law on Protection of Employees in the Case of Employer's Insolvency. (Par darbinieku aizsardzību darba devēja maksātnespējas gadījumā) - Laws on-line in Latvian

    Adoption: 2009-06-18 | Date of entry into force: 2009-06-10 | LVA-2009-L-85638

    Introduces, inter alia, minor changes in wording of article 5, 5(1), 8, 14. Amends article 15 on issues of administration of insolvency procedure.

  15. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Labour Law.

    Adoption: 2006-11-09 | LVA-2006-L-74741

    Strengthen equal treatment requirements and wage determination in case of absence for professional or personal reasons.

  16. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law of 2 November 2006 on Environmental Protection. - Legislation On-Line Legislation On-Line

    Adoption: 2006-11-02 | Date of entry into force: 2006-11-15 | LVA-2013-L-98117

    Chapter I: General Provisions
    Chapter II: Rights of the Public in the Environmental Field
    Chapter III: Duties of the State and Local Government Authorities in relation to the Provision and Dissemination of Environmental Information and the Involving of the Public in the Taking of Decisions
    Chapter IV: Environmental Information System
    Chapter V: Control in the Environmental Field
    Chapter VI: Liability for Damage Caused to the Environment
    Chapter VII: Voluntary Measures for Environmental Management
    Chapter VIII: Environmental Science, Environmental Education and Sustainable Development
    Transitional Provisions.
    Repeals the Law On Environmental Protection (Latvijas Republikas Augstakas Padomes un Valdibas Zinotajs, 1991, No. 33/34).
    Sections 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34 and 35 of this Law come into force on 30 April 2007; section 21, Paragraph three come into force on 1 January 2007; section 25, paragraph four, clause 10 come into force on 1 May 2008.

  17. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 423 on internal rules for penitentiaries (prisons).

    Adoption: 2006-05-30 | LVA-2006-R-74641

    Comprehensive regulations covering all types of penitentiaries, describing the rights of inmates and various procedures, including specifying the types of employment prohibited for prisoners while in prison.

  18. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Ombudsman Law. - Unofficial English translation

    Adoption: 2006-04-06 | Date of entry into force: 2007-01-01 | LVA-2006-L-75487

    Provides the legal status, functions, tasks and procedure of the Ombudsperson to protect human rights.

  19. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. ("LV", 65 (3433) of 6 April 2006 on Ombudsman. - Laws On-line in Latvian Laws On-line in English BIB database of Latvian legislation

    Adoption: 2006-04-06 | Date of entry into force: 2007-01-01 | LVA-2006-L-90464

    Aims at promoting and protecting human rights in Latvia. Defines, inter alia, Ombudsman's functions, competences, Ombudsman's offices functioning, his/her remuneration and social guarantees.
    Repeals the previous Law On the Latvian National Human Rights Office (Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziot js, 1997, No. 1; 2005, No. 18; 2006, No. 2).

  20. Latvia - General provisions - Constitution

    Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.

    Adoption: 2006-01-26 | LVA-2005-C-74351

    The amendments concern Article 110, specifying that the state protects and promotes the institution of marriage - a union between a man and a woman, and the family.

  21. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Public Procurement Law.

    Adoption: 2006 | Date of entry into force: 2006-05-01 | LVA-2006-L-76166

    The purpose of the Law is to ensure the transparency of the procurement procedure, unrestricted competition, as well as equal and non-discriminatory treatment of suppliers and the efficient use of State and Local Government resources.

  22. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Law on National Human Rights Office.

    Adoption: 2005-12-15 | LVA-2005-L-74354

    The amendments broaden the mandate of the Office and Ombudsman institution with overseeing implementation of rights of all groups to equal treatment, and granting the rights to represent in Court people who have lodged a complaint with the Office.

  23. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Labour Law

    Adoption: 2005-11-02 | LVA-2005-L-72463

    Amendments concern the rights of worker representatives with respect to the employer.

  24. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Criminal Law

    Adoption: 2005-09-30 | Date of entry into force: 2005-10-01 | LVA-2005-L-72461

    The amendments concern, amongst other things, application of community service as a form of punishment.

  25. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 652 on the procedure for reuniting refugee families and families of persons holding "alternative status".

    Adoption: 2005-08-30 | LVA-2005-R-72462

    Describe in detail the procedure of application and reviewing of the application for reuniting refugee families and families of persons having "alternative status".

  26. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 502 on application of community service to children

    Adoption: 2005-07-12 | LVA-2005-R-72456

    Describe in detail the procedure for applying the punishment of community service to children following a court decision, including rights and obligations of the entity using their labour.

  27. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 417 on procedure for coordination of community service

    Adoption: 2005-06-14 | LVA-2005-R-72452

    Describe procedure for State Probation service to coordinate and supervise implementation of community service in local governments.

  28. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Criminal Law.

    Adoption: 2005-05-18 | LVA-2005-L-72357

    The amendments concern probation service and community service.

  29. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law on Criminal Procedure

    Adoption: 2005-05-11 | Date of entry into force: 2005-10-01 | LVA-2005-L-72356

    This new law describes the procedure for application of the Criminal Law in the Republic of Latvia.

  30. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Law on Asylum

    Adoption: 2005-02-02 | Date of entry into force: 2005-02-03 | LVA-2005-L-72347

    The amendments concern the procedure for detaining asylum seekers, conditions for refugees within the territory of Republic of Latvia and some social benefits.

  31. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Labour Law

    Adoption: 2004-04-22 | Date of entry into force: 2004-05-08 | LVA-2004-L-69156

    The amendments concern equal rights with respect to persons with disabilities and and provide for various anti-discrimination measures.

  32. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Administrative Offence Code.

    Adoption: 2004-03-25 | Date of entry into force: 2004-04-22 | LVA-2004-L-69153

    The amendments concern offences in regard to breach of contract, breach of labour safety requirements and the responsibilities of State Labour Inspection.

  33. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 556/2002 on procedure for reviewing and redressing claims by employees in case of insolvency.

    Adoption: 2002-12-23 | Date of entry into force: 2003-01-01 | LVA-2002-R-65481

    Regulations describe the procedure for submitting, reviewing and redressing of claims by insolvency administrators for compensating employees in the event of insolvency of their employer.

  34. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Law on Labour.

    Adoption: 2002-12-12 | Date of entry into force: 2003-01-01 | LVA-2002-L-65475

    The amendments concern, amongst other things, compulsory participation of the employer in negotiating collective agreements and employee rights to study leave.

  35. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 481/2002 on employment procedures for prisoners.

    Adoption: 2002-10-29 | Date of entry into force: 2002-11-15 | LVA-2002-R-65477

    Regulations determine procedures of employment of prisoners, including scope of work, rights and responsibilities of prisoners, work conditions for pregnant women and maternity leave.

  36. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    State Administration Structure. - Unofficial English translation

    Adoption: 2002-06-06 | LVA-2002-L-63217

    Sets forth in general terms the overall aim of the administration system as well as role and functions of various ministries and state agencies, hierarchy, and public participation.

  37. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 74/2002 on procedure for paying wages to prisoners in penitentiaries.

    Adoption: 2002-02-19 | Date of entry into force: 2002-03-12 | LVA-2002-R-62666

    Sets forth the procedure for paying wages to prisoners in penitentiaries, including the minimum wage and general administration of wage payments.

  38. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Criminal Law.

    Adoption: 2001-12-06 | Date of entry into force: 2002-01-11 | LVA-2001-L-62657

    Sets forth obligations of the employer who employs prisoners with respect to social insurance and taxes.

  39. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law on the European Social Charter.

    Adoption: 2001-12-06 | Date of entry into force: 2001-12-18 | LVA-2001-L-62664

    With this Law the Parliament of Latvia adopts the European Social Charter. Of the second part of the Charter the following paragraphs are binding for Latvia: 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17. Ministry of Welfare is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Charter.

  40. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law on the protection of investors.

    Adoption: 2001-11-08 | Date of entry into force: 2002-01-01 | LVA-2001-L-60612

    Sets up a system to protect the interests of investors. It describes procedure for compensation to investors in case of mismanagement of funds and the supervisory functions of Finance and Assets Markets Commission.

  41. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law on Administrative Procedure. - Unofficial English translation (as amended)

    Adoption: 2001-10-25 | Date of entry into force: 2003-07-01 | LVA-2001-L-60611

    Determines guidelines regarding the legal relationship between the state and the individual with the aim to protect individual human rights.

  42. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Antitrust Law.

    Adoption: 2001-10-04 | Date of entry into force: 2002-01-01 | LVA-2001-L-60609

    Establishes the Antitrust Board to oversee fair market competition and defines actions that prevent fair competition as well as sets forth administrative remedy procedures in cases of anti-trust violation.

  43. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Labour Law (2001). (Darba likums) - Unofficial English Translation (as amended up to 22 april 2004)) Laws on-line in Latvian Legislation on-line in English BIB database of Latvian legislation

    Adoption: 2001-06-01 | Date of entry into force: 2002-06-20 | LVA-2001-L-60599

    Replaces the Labour Code of 1994 and regulates labour relations, determines employee representation and sets international agreements over national law. Available in English.

  44. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Law on the Constitutional Court.

    Adoption: 2000-11-30 | Date of entry into force: 2001-01-01 | LVA-2000-L-59334

    The amendments widen the range of institutions that have the right to appeal to the Constitutional Court as well as the right to appeal to the Constitutional Court to individuals.

  45. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Amendments to the Criminal Law.

    Adoption: 2000-05-18 | Date of entry into force: 2000-06-01 | LVA-2000-L-56840

    Amendments set forth criminal penalties for forced prostitution and human trafficking abroad.

  46. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Commerce Law. - Unofficial English translation (as amended)

    Adoption: 2000-04-13 | Date of entry into force: 2001-01-01 | LVA-2000-L-56839

    Determines the legal framework for commercial activity, including registration of commercial activity, commerce agents, individual entrepreneurs and companies.

  47. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Official Language Law. - Unofficial English translation

    Adoption: 1999-12-09 | Date of entry into force: 2000-09-01 | LVA-1999-L-60192

    Regulates use and protection of the state language at state and municipal institutions, courts and agencies belonging to the judicial system, as well as other agencies, organisations and enterprises, in education and other spheres. Use of language in private institutions, organisations and companies, and among self-employed persons, is regulated in cases where their activities concern legitimate public interests.

  48. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law on the protection of consumers' rights. - Unofficial English translation (as amended)

    Adoption: 1999-03-18 | Date of entry into force: 1999-04-15 | LVA-1999-L-56386

    Provides legal protection for the consumer/customer.

  49. Latvia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ministry of Welfare, Instruction No. 319 on health examinations, their frequency and the extent of examination of persons who practise or intend to practise prostitution.

    Adoption: 1998-12-16 | Date of entry into force: 1998-12-16 | LVA-1998-R-56363

    Approves health examinations of persons who practise or intend to practise prostitution. Provides sample health certificates for such persons as well as the order of issuance of these certificates.

  50. Latvia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law on amendments to the Civil Procedural Code (No. 52).

    Adoption: 1998-12-10 | Date of entry into force: 1998-12-18 | LVA-1998-L-56345

    Amendments regarding the procedure of recognition of enterprise insolvency.

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