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U.S. Embassy Tbilisi Statement on Parliament’s Adoption of Legislation to Amend the Labor Code
September 29, 2020

The U.S. Embassy commends Parliament for adopting amendments to the Georgian Labor Code to protect workers’ rights. Holding employers to internationally recognized labor standards is essential to achieving inclusive growth, enhancing economic stability, and improving the investment climate. For the first time, Georgian workers will be guaranteed overtime pay, layoff benefits, and paternity leave. The State Labor Inspectorate now has the authority to conduct unannounced inspections in all sectors. This legislation is a key step toward meeting international standards and strengthening trade relationships. The U.S. Embassy will closely follow implementation of these amendments, including the expanded Labor Inspectorate mandate, which will be critical to ensuring fair treatment of workers.