The amendment to the Employment Act is in the process of being approved and is expected to actually come into force from 1 January 2024. From our perspective, it is crucial that the temporary assignment status remains in the Act, as well as the clear definition of the time limit for the possible termination of an employee.
This is one of the major changes in the Act, whereby from the New Year it will not be possible to terminate an agency worker before 14 days from the date of notification. This will, of course, reduce labour market flexibility, but it will not abolish it completely, as the original proposal intended.
Gabriela Hrbáčková, the head of the working group, also drew the attention of the working group participants to increased controls by the Labour Inspectorate in relation to disguised and illegal employment. The inspectorate focuses mainly on risky contracts related to cooperation on a work contract. Companies face fines of up to CZK 10 million for violations.
The working group also talked about the digitalisation of the visa process and the processing of work permits for foreign workers and other hot topics.
We thank all participants for their input into the discussion and suggestions for further steps our association can take to support companies investing in the Czech market.