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Govt Announces Reform of Minimum Wage Rules

Ljubljana, 24 April (STA) - The government has announced an overhaul of the minimum wage system for this year and minor tweaks to labour legislation in the draft National Reform Programme that it sent to parliament on Wednesday.

The document does not specify what the changes to the minimum wage system will be, but the stated goal is to raise the competitiveness of the economy.

Minimum wages surged by over 22% in 2010 and are indexed to consumer prices every year.

Other measures in the field of labour legislation include a reform of the labour inspectorate to crack down on the grey economy with higher fines for violators.

By early next year new legislation on student work will also be put forward, which will include a provision making student earnings eligible for social contributions.

A similar system had been proposed in the 2010 act on mini jobs, which was voted down in a referendum.

Moreover, the government plans to liberalise regulated professions, subsidise the hiring of older workers and promote social entrepreneurship.

The government must send the reform programme to the European Commission by 9 May.

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