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MLSA: The amendment to the Labor Code will change the calculation of leave

(ČIA) Senators approved an amendment to the Labor Code, which includes, in particular, a change in the calculation of leave or a reduction in administrative complexity when issuing a certificate of employment. The proposal of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic (MLSA) regulates the delivery of documents to employees and employers, the posting of workers as part of the provision of services to the Czech Republic. It also increases financial compensation for survivors of an employee who has died as a result of an accident at work or an occupational disease. It also introduces the institute of a shared job. The amendment is to take effect on July 30, 2020.

 

Analysts: Construction sector to miss foreign workers

(ČIA) The construction sector is coping with the coronavirus much better than the industry or foreign trade and will be dampening the impact of deep recession in 2020. In reaction to data published by the Czech Statistical Office, this statement was made by CZECH FUND chief economist Lukáš Kovanda who added that entrepreneurs in the construction sector and developers would be helped by the coronavirus in terms of more easily finding suitable Czech labour, often laid off from production. BH Securities chief economist Štěpán Křeček said that the April decrease in the number of completed flats by 32.5% could create future problems on the real-estate market with a noticeable lack on the offer side before the pandemic started. Komerční banka economist Martin Gürtler believes that the lack of foreign workers on which the construction sector depends will probably be a restricting factor of its further development.

 

ManpowerGroup: 14% of companies expect lay-offs

(ČIA) A total of 10% of employers expect an increase in the number of labour in the third quarter of 2020, whereas 14% assume its decrease. A survey by ManpowerGroup further showed that the net labour market index for the Czech Republic was at -4%. Seasonally adjusted, the labour market index was at -8%, the lowest value in the history of the survey in the Czech Republic since 2008. The segments of accommodation and catering with an index of -19% (10% recruiting and 29% laying off) are reporting the weakest recruitment plans. Weak recruitment activities will also be in the segments of finance, insurance, real estate and other services for companies (-8%). Processing industries are reporting -6% and the construction sector 0%.

 

Tripartite discuss investments, employment support

(ČIA) Government, trade union and employer representatives discussed on May 25, 2020, assistance to employees and employers, as well as government investments. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs presented the priorities of the Antivirus C program, which is focused on employment support. The social partners also expressed their full support for the International Engineering Fair. Negotiations on the valorisation of the special allowance and the allowance for work in a difficult working environment were suspended until the next meeting on June 29, 2020.

 

MPSV expects unemployment to grow to up to 8%

(ČIA) The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MPSV) expects the unemployment rate might rise to up to 8% due to coronavirus. This statement was made by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (ČSSD) on Czech Television’s debate, Otázky Václava Moravce. She added this was a black scenario corresponding to the crisis in 2008-2009. She did not want to estimate if unemployment will jump up in April or if the rise will be gradual.

 

Maláčová: Antivirus to be launched on April 6

(ČIA) The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs will launch the Antivirus programme for the protection of employment at noon on April 6, 2020. This statement was made by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová (ČSSD) on Czech Television’s debate, Otázky Václava Moravce. The programme concerns up to 3.1m employees and 280,000 companies. The state will provide two types of contributions: It will cover 80% of wages to people from closed establishments during the ordered closure up to the amount of CZK 39,000. In case of raw material outages or lower demand, the state will provide 60% of wages up to the amount of CZK 29,000. Support will be calculated from the super-gross wage. Employers will have to pay wages and levies first, and the Labour Office will then reimburse the given part.

 

SP ČR: Manuál pro firmy, jak žádat o kompenzace v programu Antivirus

Vláda schválila příspěvek na kompenzaci mzdových nákladů zaměstnanců od 12. 3. do konce dubna 2020.

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COVID-19 & Privacy & Data Protection chart

(Bird&Bird) COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on businesses. Many employers have deployed business continuity plans to help mitigate the effect of the virus, which include measures to protect the health and safety of employees. Discharging that duty is not easy, particularly when navigating the varying guidance from regulators around the world on what an employer can and can't do with its employees' personal data.

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Hospodářská komora spouští celostátní projekt Zachraň práci!

(HK ČR)  Hospodářská komora vyzývá zaměstnavatele, aby se zapojili do celostátního projektu Zachraň práci! Umožní jim místo propouštění zaměstnanců je dočasně přidělit jinému zaměstnavateli. První poptávky a nabídky zaměstnavatelů dispečeři dnes začali přijímat na bezplatné lince 800 222 121, zpřístupněna jim je aplikace :WorldLinks.com

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ODS: Govt should postpone insurance payments for employees

(ČIA) The government should postpone health and social insurance payments for employees. Businesses must be left with money for net wages. According to ODS deputy chairman Zbyněk Stanjura, the government should begin to compensate for fixed costs for companies that lose profits and sales. He added that in Denmark the government pays 80-100% of fixed costs to companies that have lost their profits by 80-100%, 50% to businesses with a 60-80% drop in profits and 25% to fixed costs if profits drop by 40-60%. ODS called on the government to take this model as a basis for negotiations and to make a decision on how to pay fixed costs so that companies survive and not lose jobs.

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Reaction of the Foreign Chambers of Commerce on the Government „Program Antivirus"

(March 26) Many businesses have experienced sharp drops in revenue stemming from drops in demand, shortage of supply, and/or government measure. Clearly delineating the source of the drop in revenue is academic detective work. The important issue is that the drop in revenue has created major cash flow issues inside these companies and compelling companies to cut costs. The concern is that companies will cut employment as result, and that the cumulative effect of lower employment will lead to cycle of lower demand and further job loss.

The Czech government has reacted to this situation with a package of employment support measures targeted at specific causes of revenue loss: quarantine (two programs), government emergency measures, loss of supply due to the coronavirus, and loss of demand for product and service. The government has placed a range of government wage compensation based on the cause.

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AMSP: Předložený kurzarbeit je příliš komplikovaný a pro podnikatele zcela nedostačující

(AMSP) Asociace malých a středních podniků a živnostníků ČR (AMSP ČR) považuje navržený model kurzarbeitu za komplikovaný a nepřehledný pro podnikatele. Jde o čas. Požaduje jej proto sjednotit na jeden režim stejný pro všechny. Skutečný příspěvek státu podle předloženého modelu je na úrovni pouhých ca 35 %. AMSP ČR požaduje zvýšení tohoto procenta a převzetí 100 % odvodů za zaměstnance ze strany státu. Horní hranici zastropovat. Spodní hranice je sociálně neúnosná.

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V. Dlouhý: Kurzarbeit chce využít 40 procent podniků, postrádají ale informace od vlády

(E15.cz) Z nového bleskového šetření mezi téměř 1400 živnostníky a firmami v Hospodářské komoře podle jejího šéfa Vladimíra Dlouhého mimo jiné vyplývá, že dvě pětiny zaměstnavatelů hodlají využít tzv. kurzarbeit, protože mají významné problémy s odbytem. "Ačkoliv vláda schválila toto opatření už před týdnem, jak a kdy mohou zaměstnavatelé pomoc získat se možná dozvědí teprve dnes, uvedl Dlouhý.

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Křetínský: State must eliminate unnecessary unemployment

(ČIA) The state must do its utmost to eliminate unnecessary unemployment and help smaller businesses to overcome a complete loss of income. Entrepreneur Daniel Křetínský also stated in an interview with E15 on the coronavirus pandemic that the second measure is good care for the new unemployed. The third key pillar is to ensure the availability of loans to companies.

 

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