In order to ensure the overall protection of the interests of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s corporate clients – employers of different size – the firm’s lawyers have accumulated significant practice in solving labour law problems and problems related to the social security of employees. In particular, the law firm can provide any business with professional assistance in legal protection of employers, including court litigation, preparation of collective and individual employment agreements, and consultations on legislative amendments and social security relations.
The firm’s lawyers advise corporate clients on matters related to employment of foreign citizens in Bulgarian entities, as well as on the possibilities for secondment of foreign employees to Bulgarian subsidiaries or partners of multinational companies. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers provide comprehensive legal advice and assistance in the process of obtaining visas by foreign citizens and in arranging their legal stay in Bulgaria for specific periods of time.
Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experienced team regularly advises its clients on labour contracts, on redundancy and dismissal procedures as well as on income tax issues. On behalf of two clients, the firm’s lawyers prepared the whole documentation for the appeal of penalty decrees of the General Labour Inspectorate.
In 2010 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. also advised the business restructuring process of a client, a Bulgarian DTH operator, which involved a preparation of a new staff list and organizational chart and bringing all individual employment relations in line with the new organization. This involved termination of a number of individual contracts, change of the terms of others – changing positions, remuneration, work time, etc. The experts of the law firm have also consulted the company in a thorough inspection performed by the Labour Inspectorate. The team of lawyers provided consultations on various employment law matters such as annual leaves, maternity leave, dismissing employees who are under a protection regime, shift organization of the work process, etc.
In the beginning of 2011 Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. advised a Bulgarian subsidiary of one of the world's leading logistics providers in their implementation of the procedures of the European Works Council and the ensuing implications on the activities of the Bulgarian company.
Another client of the law firm, a Bulgarian wholly owned subsidiary of an Austrian investor terminated its activity on the Bulgarian market, which involved a procedure of collective redundancies of over 120 employees. The law firm’s employment experts advised the whole redundancy process related to the information and consultation procedures with both employees and employment authorities, as well as each step of the termination of the individual employment contracts with the employees including payment of compensations. They also consulted the company in a thorough inspection by the Labour Inspectorate initiated with a view to the liquidation of the company.
In 2011 the employment experts of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. assisted a global market research leader when following the acquisition of a business enterprise with subsidiaries in 27 countries worldwide, including in Bulgaria, it had to restructure the whole employment scheme of its Bulgarian subsidiary. They advised the process of termination of the employment contracts of all employees of the acquired entity and the re-employment of a part of them by the client. Consultations were provided on the avoidance of collective redundancy procedure, as well as in the negotiations on the compensations of the employees made redundant and the protected employees with a view to the termination of their employment contracts.
WHAT ARE THE AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE PROVISION OF FINANCIAL AID DURING THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY?
Changes in the application of the ''60/40'' scheme view more
The state of emergency declared in the country has already seriously affected businesses. Some sectors of the economy are facing an unprecedented loss of customers and revenues which calls into question the fate of thousands of employees and the survival of particular businesses. view more
Zoya comments on important legal aspects of the state of emergency on Nova TV and TV Europe view more
On the Admissibility of Certain Data Processing Operations of the Employers during Covid-19 Pandemic
Subject:ICT Law. Privacy and Data Protection
In the emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, employers face many challenges - from seeking to maintain employment and minimize losses to compliance with established anti-epidemic measures and protection of the lives and health of their employees. Martin Zahariev, PhD, examines several processing operations related to counteracting the spread of COVID-19 at the workplace and their admissibility from GDPR and Bulgarian law perspective.
*This publication is in Bulgarian
Meritas - Employment, Benefits & Immigration Law Group Brochure
Subject:Employment and Social Security Law
Monitoring of Employees in the Workplace
Subject:ICT Law. Privacy and Data Protection
Edition:European & Middle East Guide