NewsCzechia and Slovakia to transpose EU Directives making employment under agreements easier and introducing paternity leave

At its October session, the Slovak parliament approved amendments to the Labour Code to transpose provisions from European Union directives into the Slovak law. One directive relates to transparent, predictable working conditions and the other to work-life balance for parents. Czech lawmakers are preparing draft legislation to transpose this Directive into law.

This CMS’s publication analyses the following topics in regards to draft legislation in the Czech Republic:

  • Remote work (“home-office”)
  • Work performed outside the employment relationship
  • Electronic delivery and signing of documents

Furthermore, it thoroughly discusses the changes to the Labour Code in Slovakia:

  • Transparent working conditions
  • Paternity leave

For example, the Remote work paragraph relating to the Czech Republic looks as follows:

Currently, the law does not provide for a comprehensive regulation of remote work (i.e. home-office). Under the new law, remote work will be generally allowed based on a written agreement between employer and employee. Employers will be entitled to order remote work unilaterally only in situations where a legal act expressly allows it (typically extraordinary legal acts during pandemic). Employers must always allow remote work requests made by employees who are caring for a child under 15 years or another dependent person, unless the character of the work does not allow for it (e.g. cashiers or factory workers) or serious operational reasons make remote work impossible. Employers will be obliged to reimburse employees for costs incurred during remote work.

The publication was written by CMS partner Tomáš Matĕjovský, and senior associates Pavol Kundrik and Jakub Kabát and was first published on CMS Law-Now on October 25, 2022, available here.