Home office regulation is a wasted opportunity

Lawyers most often answered queries about state aid, sensitive data or repatriantion of posted employees.

The change in the arrangement of home office is overestimated, said some lawyers The change in the arrangement of home office is overestimated, said some lawyers (Source: DPA/TASR)

This article was published in theCareer & Employment Guide 2021, our special annual publication focused on the labour market, human resources and education.

The legislative changes on remote work are the most discussed but not the only ones that came into force the past year in response to the new situation the pandemic created in the labour market.

Explore Slovak labour market and human resource trends (for more details visit shop.spectator.sk)Explore Slovak labour market and human resource trends (for more details visit shop.spectator.sk) (Source: )

The Slovak Spectator spoke with Lívia Miklenčičová and Matúš Kočíšek, associates at the law firm Kinstellar Bratislava; Radoslava Lichnovská, expert in labour law at the TaylorWessing law firm; Dušan Nitschneider, partner at the Nitschneider & Partners law firm; and Silvia Beňová, junior associate at the Noerr Slovensko law firm, about the latest changes in labour legislation and the most frequent problems of clients.

The Slovak Spectator (TSS): Which latest changes in labour legislation, except those related to home office, do you consider the most important and why?

Lívia Miklenčičová (LM): There are two: operation of trade unions and the employees’ right to choose between meal vouchers and financial contribution.

An employer must allow the operation of trade unions only if its members are actually employed by the employer. This may be a significant relief for employers who have been ‘harassed’ in the past by the questionable practices of marginal groupings who labelled themselves as trade unions. The recent changes have also introduced a specific dispute resolution process.

The new right to choose between meal vouchers and cash applies to employees whose employers do not provide meals in their own canteens or at another, contractual, catering facility, and employees who already receive financial contribution for meals. As of January 1, 2022, meal vouchers will have to be provided only in electronic form. This does not apply only in cases where the use of an electronic meal voucher during a work shift at the workplace or near the workplace is not objectively possible.

Radoslava Lichnovská (RL): We welcome the fact that the new legal regulation of employee meals has weakened the business model of meal voucher issuers, the benefits of which are more than questionable. As far as the final version of the new legislation is concerned, employees are the clear winners because each individual employee will be entitled to choose between meal vouchers and a direct meal allowance. The new legislation is not optimal for employers, as it may create more red tape for them. We appreciate the legislative changes concerning the method of calculating the minimum wage and the wage claims based on the minimum wage, which are unpopular among employees but necessary during the pandemic crisis and the related economic ecession.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

News digest: New week starts with several changes to rules

Higher age limit for testing and longer test negativity for events. No Olympic medals for Slovakia so far. Collusive custody will change.


8 h
Sme Rodina leader Boris Kollár (right) and Health Minister Vladimír Lengvarský (OĽaNO nominee).

The tested and the vaccinated will be treated the same. Coalition passes a Delta compromise

MPs pass a law with mild advantages for the vaccinated, but vaccination will be required to see the Pope live.


14 h
UK Ambassador to Slovakia Nigel Baker

UK Ambassador: Britons in Slovakia are a resilient community

Life is as it was before Brexit for British nationals in Slovakia once they've got their documents sorted.


10 h
Illustrative stock photo

Conditions for mass events and age limit for testing change

Most of the new rules came into force on July 26, 2021.


15 h