Parliament has passed a job-creation package freeing employers from paying five months of social fund dues on the salaries of long-term unemployed people or recent graduates.
Slovakia has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe at just under 20%. During its term the government has introduced a public works programme designed to bring levels of joblessness down.
However economists say illegal employment is commonplace because of the relatively high costs for employers when taking on staff.
19. Nov 2001 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA