COVID-19 Updates - Czech Republic

Information is continuing to emerge on COVID-19 and the resulting legislative changes being instituted in the Czech Republic. We have compiled a list of important updates for Czech employers to be aware of. Our teams are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide the latest updates to keep you informed.

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Last Updated – March 30, 2020

 

Government Support

Employers will receive salary relief from the Czech government from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

Employers will pay 60% of employee wages for the first 14 days that an employee is away from work on mandatory quarantine. Employee is eligible to receive sick pay after the 14 days and the employer is entitled to receive 100% wage reimbursement from the government.

Employers that must suspend operations must continue to pay all employee salaries but will receive 80% salary reimbursement from the government.

Employers that have at least 30% of their workforce unable to work, due to illness or child care requirements, will retain responsibility for paying employee wages. These employers will also 80% salary reimbursement from the government.

In cases of partial employment, the employer must continue to pay 60%-100% of employee wages. Employer will receive 50% salary reimbursement from the government.

Employers interested in receiving salary reimbursement must submit an application to the Czech Labor Office. Salary reimbursement payments will be applied retroactively.

 

Suspension of Work

Employers are able to suspend work and place employees on garden leave. Employees placed on garden leave are entitled salary reimbursement equal to the average earnings of the employee.

 

Absence and Leave

Employers can consider the absence of an employee from work without a valid reason to be taking and unexcused absence. Employees are not entitled to remuneration for unexcused absences. Employers have been advised by the Czech government to allow employees to work from home, take vacation or paid leaves, and cease work all non-essential work activities.