In response to the economic crisis brought about by the coronavirus shutdown, the Croatian Government has introduced a series of measures aimed at preserving jobs, keeping companies afloat and ensuring continued economic activity.
According to a poll conducted by the Croatian Employers Association, employers are making use of government’s job preservation measures but not its shortened work week measures.
As part of measures aimed at preserving jobs due to the corona-crisis, government has offered employers aid so as to preserve jobs. More than 104 thousand employers have made use of this measure. However, only 345 employers have made use of government's measures to subsidize a shortened work week.
On Monday the chief economist for the Croatian Employers Association, Iva Tomić, presented the results of a study into how employers are making use of the available measures. In her presentation she explained why employers are not taking advantage of a subsidized shortened work week: "The first reason is the onerous administrative paperwork. Second is the lack of adequate instructions on the part of the Croatian Employment Service when making use of the measure, and the third is that when making use of the measure, it is not equally applicable to all industries."