Slovakia: Wage equality for temporary agency workers under new rules
New rules aimed at ensuring wage equality for temporary workers came into effect on 1 March 2015, when changes were made to Slovakia’s Labour Code.
The new rules mainly concern the regulation of temporary agency work, and guarantee equal wages for temporary agency and core workers (in Slovakian, 945 KB PDF) who perform the same or similar jobs.
The new rules stipulate that the responsibility for this lies jointly with employers and agencies. The rules also prohibit temporary agency workers from carrying out risky ‘category 4’ jobs, such as steel-making, asphalting roads or using jackhammers, as they are often not sufficiently trained for such jobs.
Employers are also obliged to maintain a register of the agency workers they use, and are not allowed to employ them for more than two years (a maximum of four contract renewals or extensions). Unlicensed agencies can also now be fined between €5,000 and €100,000.
The act on employment services was also amended on 1 January 2015, offering employers state subsidies for giving young people their first job. Under Act No. 311/2014, the subsidy is for the creation of jobs for young people who have had no regular paid employment since finishing their education (in Slovakian). The workers must be aged 25–29 and have been registered unemployed for at least six months, or younger than 25 and registered unemployed for at least three months. The subsidies are between 30%–60% of the average regional wage, and are available for six to 12 months as long as the worker is employed for at least half of the subsidised period.