The Slovak parliament passed the government’s proposed amendments to the Labour Code on July 13 with 74 MPs voting for the amendment and 70 against with no abstentions, the SITA newswire reported. If the legislation is signed by President Ivan Gašparovič, the new code will become effective on September 1, 2011.
After MPs from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) did not support independent MP Igor Matovič’s proposal for employers to scrap meal vouchers and give employees money directly for meals, Matovič threatened that MPs from his Ordinary People faction would not vote for the Labour Code amendment. Nevertheless, the amendment passed.
The changes introduced by the new amendment to the Labour Code, in a nutshell, include: either severance pay or a layoff notice period but not both; longer periods for fixed-time employment; longer layoff notice periods for long years in the same job; more protection for mothers and pregnant women; small unions will have less voice in the workplace; a limit on meal vouchers; longer overtime hours permitted; easier drawing of compensatory leave; less pay for overtime work; more night-shifts allowed; a longer trial period for managers; five weeks of holiday after age 33; special advantages eliminated for state managers; and shared jobs permitted.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Jul 2011 at 14:00