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Slovakia: Employment support measures

9th April 2020
Anna Cyprichová - G. Lehnert, k.s

The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic has prepared the project “First Aid” to support the maintenance of employment at the time of a declared emergency situation. MSI's Slovakian law member G. Lehnert k.s. provides further information.

The eligible period of the project is the period from March 13th, 2020 (the date of the decision of the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic on the closure or restriction of establishment) until the end of the calendar month, in which above mentioned decision will be revoked, however, not later than December 31st, 2020. The project will provide employers (legal entities and self-employed persons) with financial contributions intended to compensate the wage costs of those employees to whom the employer cannot allocate work due to an obstacle on the employer part.

Employment benefits are divided into two groups:

Measure 1. The first group includes employers who, due to the emergency situation on the basis of the Measures of the PHA had to close their establishments, e.g. some retail establishments. Such employers have the possibility to apply for a contribution from April 6th, 2020 for each employee whose employment relationship was established by March 1, 2020 at the latest, in a sum of 80% of the average earnings of an employee, till a maximum sum of EUR 1 100 per month and per employee. The maximum total contribution per employer is set at EUR 800 000 for the whole period of implementation of this project or EUR 100 000 for employers in agricultural primary production or EUR 120 000 for fisheries and aquaculture employers.

Measure 2. The second group includes employers and self-employed persons who have lost revenue by at least 20% and self-employed persons who have closed down their establishments or restricted their activities at the time of emergency situation. These entities have the possibility to apply for a contribution from April 8th, 2020. The amount of the contribution is determined by the decrease in revenues, to EUR 240 per March 2020 and employee/self-employed person and to EUR 540 per April 2020 and employee/self-employed person.

Details of the project terms, in particular the content of the application are published on the website of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic as well as at and  (content only available in Slovak).

Further reading:

Amendments to the Labour Code

Coronavirus and commercial obligations

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