Slovakia will have a permanent kurzarbeit scheme as of next year

The state will cover 60 percent of the employee’s salary.

Carmakers in Slovakia have to halt car production due to a lack of microchips, too.Carmakers in Slovakia have to halt car production due to a lack of microchips, too. (Source: Courtesy of Volkswagen)

Employers and employees will gain a new permanent instrument to help them through tough times. As of the beginning of 2022, the state will cover a portion of employees’ salaries via the kurzarbeit or short-time work scheme, when their employer is unable to assign them work within the originally agreed scope. Parliament passed the respective legislation on Tuesday, May 4. Out of 132 present deputies all voted for the bill, the SITA newswire wrote.

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The instrument will be activated when there is an obstacle at work on the side of the employer, in which the employer cannot assign work to at least a third of employees in the scope of 10 percent of weekly working time at least. Financial assistance for employers, for each employee and each hour of obstacles at work, is to account for 60 percent of the average hourly earnings of the given employee.

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