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Bulgaria - Minimum Wages - 2009


LAST UPDATE

9 February 2009

SOURCES


Name of Act

Decree No. 1 of 10 January 2009 determining the new monthly minimum wage,
SG. br. 4 of 16 January 2009.

Name of Act

Labour Code,
of 1 April 1986, as amended up to 2 January 2009 [English version available as of 2004].

Name of Act

Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages,
last amended in 1996, and the annex thereofm D’rjaven vestnik, 1991-07-12, no 55, pp. 3-12.

Name of Act

Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria,
of 13 July 1991, as amended up to 7 February 2007.

LEGAL DEFINITIONS


Employer

Means any natural person, body corporate or division thereof, as well as any other organisationally and economically autonomous entity (enterprise, office, organisation, cooperative, farm, establishment, household, association and the like) that independently hires employees under employment relationships.
Labour Code §1(1)

MINIMUM WAGE FIXING


Procedure


Procedure in general

The right to a guaranteed minimum wage is ensured by the Constitution of Bulgaria. The government sets the national minimum wage rate by Decree.
Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria §48(5)
Labour Code §244(1)

Government decides after tripartite or bipartite body discussions/recommendations

The regulation of all labour relations (including the minimum wage) by the State shall be carried out in cooperation and after consultations with employers’ and employees’ organisations. At the national level, consultations must take place within the National Council for Tripartite Partnership. This Council consists of two representatives of the Council of Ministers, two members of the most representative organisations of workers and employees and two members of the most representative organisations of employers.
Labour Code §3(1), 3a(2)

Minimum wage set through decentralized collective bargaining

Collective agreements may set wages, that may not be lower than the national minimum wage rate. They may be extended by the Government to all workers in a sector on request, if the agreement is signed by all representative trade unions and employers organisations.
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §12
Labour Code §50, 51b(3)

Criteria


Needs of workers and their families

Yes
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Cost of living

Yes
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Level of wages and incomes in the country

Yes
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Social security benefits

Yes
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Economic development

Yes
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Productivity

Yes
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Level of employment

Yes
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Other provisions

Yes - The relevant living standards of other social groups.
Decree No. 129 concerning the transition towards negotiations on wages Annex §10

Coverage


Specific minimum wage rates


» Specific minimum wage by occupation

No

» Specific minimum wage by sector

No

» Specific minimum wage by region

No

» Minimum wage levels for specific categories of workers


» Piece-rate workers

Yes
Labour Code §247 (1)

» Other categories

During an apprentice’s training period, which cannot exceed 6 months, an apprentice’s remuneration may not be less than 90% of the national minimum wage rate.
Labour Code §230 (4)

Level


Minimum wage level(s) in national currency

240 Levs per month (2009)
220 Levs per month (2008)
Decree No. 1 of 10 January 2009 determining the new monthly minimum wage §1 §1

Last minimum wage update

1 January 2009
Decree No. 1 of 10 January 2009 determining the new monthly minimum wage §1

In-kind allowances

No

Rate of payment


» Hourly

Yes.
Decree No. 1 of 10 January 2009 determining the new monthly minimum wage §1

» Monthly

Yes
Decree No. 1 of 10 January 2009 determining the new monthly minimum wage §1

Scheduled frequency of adjustment

The Labour Code does not set forth how frequently the national minimum wage rate should be adjusted.

Enforcement mechanisms


Labour inspection

The General Labour Inspectorate of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy provides the overall control of the enforcement of labour legislation. Other State authorities and Ministers, heads of agencies and local government authorities, in addition to the General Labour Inspectorate, exercise overall or special control over observance of labour legislation. These controlling bodies may enter workplaces in order to carry out inspections, question employees and Employers, and examine documents.
Labour Code §399-402

Fines in national currency for non-respect of legislation

Violation of the labour legislation, including failure to pay employees the national minimum wage rate, shall result in the Employer being fined between 10 000 - 15 000 levs. Repeat offences shall be subject to a fine of between 20 000 - 30 000 levs.
Labour Code §414

Results generated on: 25th October 2014 at 10:44:28.
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