The new labor law of Montenegro went into effect on January 7, 2020 and has made a number of significant changes including:

Under the new law, an employee who believes his or her employment rights have been violated is obliged to file a motion for an amicable settlement of the dispute before the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes or before the Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution prior to initiating court proceedings.


The law contains several changes aimed at substantially improving the position of employees. The main reason for the adoption of the law is closer harmonization of labor legislation with the European Union as well as the recommendations of the International Labour Organization.

Written by Luka Prelević in cooperation with Karanović & Partners and Roger James of Ogletree Deakins

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