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Employers say Labour Code changes are progress but are not enough

The Republican Union of Employers (RÚZ) described the Labour Code amendment approved by parliament on July 13 as progress but not entirely sufficient, the TASR newswire reported.

The Republican Union of Employers (RÚZ) described the Labour Code amendment approved by parliament on July 13 as progress but not entirely sufficient, the TASR newswire reported.

The organisation's secretary, Martin Hošták, said that the main requirement presented by employers was to make it easier to hire the unemployed. He noted that the number of unemployed is currently around 400,000.

"RÚZ proposed a bolder approach in making the Labour Code more flexible with the aim of reducing unemployment by hiring employees," Hošták told TASR.

RÚZ was not pleased about the planned introduction of a five-month notice period for employees who have been employed by a company for more than 20 years but the organisation was satisfied with a rule in which it will be possible to re-sign a labour contract for a definite period of time three times in three years, albeit with some exceptions.

The Labour Code amendment improves the conditions for boosting employment in Slovakia, said Prime Minister Iveta Radičová at a press conference on July 13.

"The Labour Code is more forthcoming vis-a-vis the family. It protects those who need it, introduces less bureaucracy and more opportunities for employees and all those who are interested in earning some extra money," the prime minister stated, as quoted by TASR.

She also praised more flexibility in the Labour Code via the so-called 'flexi-account' when companies have to cope with a lack of orders. She also emphasised more opportunities for work at home and the option of taking a three-year maternity leave in several periods over five years.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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