What is interesting is that the Rulebook itself does not specifically regulate the consequences of the obligation breaches, i.e. the omission of their implementing, neither referring to the employers, nor employees.
However, that does not mean that you are not facing appropriate penalties or misdemeanor liability in case you do not comply with imperative duties.
Namely, given that the Rulebook prescribes the preventive measures related to the work safety and health, we consider that in case of the Rulebook provisions breach, the penalty provisions of Law on work safety and health apply, which prescribe the fines for the employers in the amount of RSD 800,000 to 1,000.000.
On the other hand, the same Law prescribes the fines for the employees, amounting from RSD 10,000 to 20,000, but it is extremely rare for inspection authorities to pronounce them to the employees in practice.
After all, it can be stated that is it unclear why the government officials waited for almost 2 months after the termination of the state of emergency in Serbia to regulate the obligations of employers and employees more precisely, as well as the preventive measures for hindering the COVID-19 spread. One thing is certain – the reckless acts by these authorities caused the infection to spread repeatedly, and the Rulebook has been adopted with a two-month delay.
Either way, the ball is now on the employers’ side of the court. In case you did not implement all the measures, you have a new opportunity to conclude that process in the following week.