Laws and regulations

The inspectors of the Labor Inspectorate are designated by the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment as regulatory officials for the BES SZW legislation. (See Designation order regulatory officials BES SZW legislation).

The Health and Safety Inspectorate oversees the following laws:

  • The BES Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act; sets out when an employer is permitted to employ a foreign national. The key principle is that it is forbidden to have a foreign national carry out work in the Public Bodies. A work permit can be issued to companies under certain conditions.
  • The BES Health and Safety Act and the underlying Health and Safety Decrees are intended to protect employees against dangerous or unhealthy work. The decrees specify further rules on how the employer can organise the work safely and healthily.
  • The Employment Act 2000 BES; specifies how many hours employees are allowed to work per day, per week, per month and per quarter. This Act also specifies the break and rest times that employees must be given to continue working healthily.
  • The BES social relief Decree; sets out the rights and obligations concerning the provision of social relief and special social relief.
  • The BES Severance Pay Act BES; sets out whether employees are entitled to severance pay and its amount.
  • The BES Stevedores Act 1946; sets out the obligations concerning the safe loading and unloading of ships in harbouts.
  • The BES Holidays Act 1949; sets out the number of compulsory days' holiday a year
  • The BES General Law on Old Age Pension; sets out the rights, obligations and arrangements for pension.
  • The Widow and Orphans Act General Insurance BES; sets out the rights and obligations for orphans, widowers and widows concerning AWW benefits.
  • The BES Employment Contract (Termination) Act; sets out when and using which procedures an employer can dismiss an employee.
  • The BES Child Benefits Act; sets out the rights and obligations concerning child benefit. The key principle is that parents and guardians fo children up to the age of 18 receive a monthly child benefit.
  • The BES Minimum Age Act; sets out the hourly minimum wage for employees.  
  • The BES Accident Insurance Act; sets out the rights and obligations of employees and employers concerning industrial accidents.
  • The BES Medical Insurance Act; sets out the rights and obligations of employees and employers concerning sickness and pregnancy.