MPs from the ruling Smer party in the parliamentary constitutional committee rejected a veto imposed by President Andrej Kiska on the amendment to the Labour Code that is supposed to restrict the so-called agency employment in Slovakia.
Kiska sent the amendment back to legislators, adding his recommendation that the document not be approved. However, the constitutional committee recommended the legislation to be passed in its original form.
The president refused to sign the bill because of objections presented by representatives of employers. Kiska stressed, as quoted by the TASR newswire on January 13, that several objections were known to MPs during the legislative process. He concluded that the assessment of the legislation’s impacts on employment and the creation of new jobs were not adequate.
Employers believe that the bill would unduly increase labour costs, place an excessively heavy administrative burden on them, and restrict their ability to react flexibly to demand for their products and services.
The amendment is supposed to introduce principle of joint responsibility for staff by employment agencies and companies that hire staff from them. This should include the same salary conditions for employees hired from agencies as for permanent staff if the people concerned do the same or very similar work. The bill also prohibits assigning high-risk tasks to agency staff on a temporary basis.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Jan 2015 at 10:00