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Employment & Pensions

Employment is a rapidly developing area of regulation in CEE. Our employment specialists in the region can work in partnership with your legal and human resources teams to provide advice on all key aspects of employment law, employee pension arrangements and employee benefit schemes.

This is a complex area of law with, at times contradictory, rules established by EU and national legislation. Having been at the forefront of changes to legislation in these areas in several countries in the region, CMS lawyers have a unique grasp of the issues to provide practical and commercial strategies and solutions for your business.

If your business crosses borders, you have to contend with a complex framework of employment in order to achieve the best outcome for your business. With a global network covering over 40 countries, we can help you address these challenges in all the countries in which you operate.

We advise clients across jurisdictions in relation to employment and executive contracts, pension schemes, employee benefit programmes, restructuring, employment disputes, employment aspects of M&A transactions, works council and trade union relations. A 280-strong group of employment specialists worldwide can help you navigate a maze of regulations, policy documents and other legal complexities you face on a daily basis.

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Expat Desk
Our specialists of the CMS Expat Desk provide cross-border advice to (global) companies about international employees, also known as “expats&rdq


Labour law in Czech Republic
1. Hiring Employees >> Go to the top 2. Remuneration >> Go to the top 3. Working time >> Go to the top 4. Paid annual leave (holiday) >> Go to the top 5. Sick pay   >> Go to the top 6. Termination...
Groundbreaking ECJ ruling on annual leave entitlement of unlawfully dismissed...
On 12 October, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in Case C-57/22 - Ředitelství silnic a dálnic. The issue, brought before the ECJ by the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic...
Remote Working Laws & Regulations in the Czech Republic
1. Is there any legislation relating to working from home in your country? Working from home is governed by labour law regulations, in particular by the Act No. 262/2006 Coll., the Labour Code.The Labour...
Whistleblower protection and reporting channels in Czech Republic
1. Is there a law on whistleblowing in your country? Yes. The Czech Whistleblower Protection Act (the “Act”) has been adopted and will become effective on 1 August 2023. 2. Does local law require...
Dismissals and Termination of Employment in the Czech Republic
1. Dismissal of employees 1.1 Reasons for dismissal An employee may give notice of termination without providing cause. An employer, on the other hand, is only permitted to give notice of termination...
Cost-cutting and restructuring in times of crisis
A tough global economic outlook is driving many employers to review their operational costs. Across businesses, hard questions are being asked about where efficiencies can be made – and ultimately what...
Five misconceptions about the new Czech Whistleblower Protection Act
The legislative process of the Czech Whistleblower Protection Act (the “Act”), which transposes EU Directive 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law (the “Dir­ect­ive”)...
A cartel might not just be about prices, but also about employees
Prohibited anticompetitive agreements do not necessarily have to be just cartel agreements on product pricing or market sharing. Employers can also enter into agreements with each other to prevent their...
North Sea Strikes and Force Majeure
The latest in a series of strikes by oil & gas workers in the North Sea continues to test the operation and efficacy of force majeure (“FM”) provisions in oil and gas industry contracts.There is no...
New Czech Labour Code amendment approved by the government—is it a breakthrough...
The Czech government has recently submitted a new amendment to the Labour Code to parliament. The amendment aims to transpose two EU directives on the work-life balance of parents and carers, and on transparent...
Getting Brexit Done? The UK Retained EU Law and what it means for UK companies
If the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill is passed in its current form, nearly 50 years of EU-derived rules and regulations that had become part of the fabric of UK law across a wide range...
CMS Expert Guide to ESG Compensation
Incorporating ESG KPIs into directors’ remunerationThe urgent need to place sustainability at the heart of company strategy is inextricably linked to incentives provided to its directors and em­ploy­ees. This...