Loose Post-Term Severance Rules

According to the Republika Srpska law on labor relations in the entity government agencies, officials are entitled to post-term severance for six months, under the condition they are not returning to a government job, and that no job or pension awaits them. If they get a job or retire during this period, severance is to be withdrawn.

But bylaws that would close the loopholes related to use of severance and avoid the unnecessary spending of budget money were never passed.

After their 2014 term ended, 53 officials at the RS assembly, the entity’s council of peoples and the government took severance pay – at a cost to the RS budget of nearly KM 843,000. Due to vague rules, two university professors, a pensioner, and seven private businessmen also took this money.

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