Emiília Kršíková, State Secretary of the Labour Ministry, stated at a press conference on May 12 that a draft amendment to the law on employment services creates new tools for active labour market policy and puts more focus on long-term unemployed and disadvantaged job seekers.
The revision introduces a total of 16 new tools for active labour market policy.
One of the newest features is that labour offices will no longer require a confirmation from the unemployed that they are seeking jobs because labour offices will be in charge of filling vacancies.
The amendment creates a new position called job agents, who will communicate with employers about what professional and practical skills they expect from their future employees. Kršíková said that the revision will make it possible for the unemployed to participate twice in a row in so-called activation works, a government financed programme of temporary public works organised by local authorities.
The amendment gives labour offices the authority to determine the frequency at which the unemployed should visit labour offices with documents proving that they are actively seeking work. The minimum frequency should be once a month. The law also creates so-called social companies, in which employees who were disadvantaged job seekers make up at least 30 percent of the staff.
The law also introduces a new subsidy to motivate employees with low wages to stay with companies. This contribution will be used by employers to cover compulsory health and social insurance contributions. Employers will be entitled to the subsidy when employees' gross monthly wages amount to up to 50 percent of the average monthly wage in Slovakia. The contribution will be provided over a period of 24 calendar months at most, while the employer is obliged to preserve the job for two years. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. May 2008 at 7:00