Planned changes in Labor Code favors employees

HIGHER severance pay, shorter work time, limitation of temporary work contracts for employees and the restriction of forced employment through trade licenses are among the planned changes in the Labor Code revisions which Labor Minister Viera Tomanová wants to submit to the government by March of next year.

However, employers, who are happy with the current Labor Code, are against the planned changes being demanded by the labor unions, Pravda wrote.

Labor unions are demanding that the work week should not exceed 48 hours including work emergencies at workplaces. They also want employees to enjoy the same rights regardless of whether the employees are part-time or full-time. Currently part-time employees who work fewer than 20 hours per week are entitled to a shorter notice period and lower severance pay.

“It is discrimination that we want to eliminate,” said Vladimír Mojš from the Confederation of Labor Unions (KOZ).

PM Robert Fico also supports changes in the Labor Code.

“It is definitely not right that Slovakia has a law which enables people to work from dawn till dusk. I think there should be certain limits,” Fico said recently.

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