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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives in Slovakia and globally. Officially declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March 2020, everyone’s primary concern is to minimise the spread of the virus, to mitigate its effects and to protect those most vulnerable in society.  

Businesses and organisations have a role to play and a responsibility to their own people and wider society. They also have to confront a wide range of practical, commercial and legal challenges associated with the spread of the virus. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Slovakia

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14 April 2021
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ap­proves Finnish aid for Finavia
On 17 March 2021, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved a Finnish scheme to sup­port air­port op­er­at­or “Finavia” in the con­text of the coronavir­us crisis. Like many oth­er air­port op­er­at­ors, Finavia suffered a sig­ni­fic­ant...
09/04/2021
News­let­ter 2 I Spot­light: Changes in the leg­al land­scape that af­fect your...
The 2021 amend­ment to the Slov­ak La­bour Code The amend­ment es­tab­lishes bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions for so-called di­git­al nomads. The leg­al defin­i­tions of work­ing at home, tele­work, and oc­ca­sion­al home of­fice...
09 April 2021
State sub­sidies to help em­ploy­ers main­tain jobs
One of the “Cov­id 19 state meas­ures” is de­signed to help em­ploy­ers to main­tain jobs: em­ploy­ers can still re­ceive sub­sidies to pre­serve jobs if they re­quest them. In ad­di­tion to em­ploy­ers, self-em­ployed people and single per­son LLCs (in Slov­ak: jed­noosobové s.r.o.) can also ap­ply for state sub­sidies.   The sub­sidies em­ploy­ers can ap­ply for are sum­mar­ized as fol­lows: 1. Em­ploy­ers who have closed or lim­ited their op­er­a­tions due to a Slov­ak Pub­lic Health Au­thor­ity de­cision     Type of meas­ure: com­pens­a­tion of the em­ploy­ee’s salary (so-called Meas­ure  No.1).Tar­get group: em­ploy­ees who can­not per­form their work due to obstacles faced by the em­ploy­er ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 142 of the La­bour Code (in Slov­ak: prekážky v práci).Con­tri­bu­tion amount: 100% of the total cost of the work (i.e. em­ploy­ee’s gross salary plus con­tri­bu­tions paid by em­ploy­er) (in Slov­ak: cena práce), up to a max­im­um of EUR 1,100 per em­ploy­ee.  2. Em­ploy­ers who re­tain jobs even if their activ­it­ies are in­ter­rup­ted or re­duced dur­ing a de­clared emer­gency Type of meas­ure: com­pens­a­tion of the em­ploy­ee’s salary.Tar­get group: em­ploy­ees in an em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ship.Con­tri­bu­tion amount: 100% of the total cost of the work, up to a max­im­um of EUR 1,100 per em­ploy­ee (so-called Meas­ure 3A), or­Con­tri­bu­tion amount: flat-rate con­tri­bu­tion to cov­er part of the salary costs of EUR 330 - 870 per em­ploy­ee (de­pend­ing on the de­cline in sales) (so-called Meas­ure 3B).The state has already pub­lished dead­lines for sub­mit­ting con­tri­bu­tion ap­plic­a­tions for the last two months. For the month of Feb­ru­ary, it is pos­sible to ap­ply for a con­tri­bu­tion un­til 30 April 2021; for March, the dead­line is 31 May 2021.
09 April 2021
The in­tro­duc­tion of short-time work­ing (Kur­z­arbeit)
The pro­posed Act on Sup­port for Short-Time Work­ing (Kur­z­arbeit) has been ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment and entered the par­lia­ment­ary le­gis­lat­ive pro­cess in March 2021. This le­gis­la­tion has been long awaited and widely wel­comed by the busi­ness and in­dus­tri­al com­munity. It will al­low com­pan­ies to con­tin­ue to en­joy sup­port for short-time work­ing after the pan­dem­ic meas­ures are over. As out­lined in the Act’s gen­er­al ex­plan­at­ory state­ment, this in­stru­ment’s main aim is to sub­sid­ize em­ploy­ees' salar­ies dur­ing situ­ations out­side the em­ploy­er’s in­flu­ence, such as a state of emer­gency, force ma­jeure etc.The short-time re­gime will be ac­tiv­ated if the em­ploy­er is un­able to as­sign work to at least one third of its em­ploy­ees to the agreed ex­tent (i.e. when at least 10% of their pre­scribed weekly work­ing time can­not be as­signed). The over­all scope, con­di­tions, and mech­an­ism for provid­ing this sup­port are all to be reg­u­lated by the act.Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of La­bour, So­cial Af­fairs and Fam­ily, Mil­an Kra­jniak, em­ploy­ers, en­tre­pren­eurs, sole traders and their em­ploy­ees, or sup­pli­ers, need a pre­dict­able en­vir­on­ment to op­er­ate suc­cess­fully. It is cru­cial, there­fore, that in the event of a crisis – caused for ex­ample by a pan­dem­ic – they can rely on the gov­ern­ment step­ping in to safe­guard jobs.Sub­ject to par­lia­ment­ary ap­prov­al, the Act is ex­pec­ted to enter in­to force at the be­gin­ning of 2022.Au­thor: Ro­man Kettner
16 March 2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion ap­proves aid for Riga, Florence and Pisa...
At the be­gin­ning of March, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved two aid meas­ures to sup­port Riga, Florence and Pisa air­ports, severely af­fected by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. On 2 March, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved...
24 February 2021
COV­ID and ViCo: EPO re­fer­ral to the En­larged Board of Ap­peal
In the last year, the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has res­ul­ted in a large pro­por­tion of the leg­al sec­tor trans­ition­ing to a ‘work from home’ ar­range­ment, with meet­ings tak­ing place re­motely. Non-es­sen­tial travel...
03 February 2021
Ex­ten­sion of the Tem­por­ary Frame­work on state aid and COV­ID-19
The Tem­por­ary Frame­work ad­op­ted by the European Com­mis­sion in March 2020 is based on Art­icle 107(3)(b) TFEU  to rem­edy a ser­i­ous dis­turb­ance across the EU eco­nomy. Only com­pan­ies that en­countered dif­fi­culties...
09 December 2020
Com­pens­a­tion re­gimes in light of COV­ID-19 vac­cines in Slov­akia
1. Is COV­ID-19 vac­cin­a­tion ob­lig­at­ory in your jur­is­dic­tion? Are you ex­pect­ing any le­gis­lat­ive changes to en­able man­dat­ory vac­cine for all or cer­tain peoples (e.g. health­care pro­fes­sion­als, pub­lic ser­vants...
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07 December 2020
End of European Com­mis­sion in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to Span­ish aid to Air...
On 17 Novem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion de­cided to close its in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to a Span­ish aid in fa­vour of the re­gion­al air­line Air Nos­trum. The air­line has in fact de­cided to re­nounce this...
26 November 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ap­proves EUR 22.2 mil­lion Cyp­ri­ot loan in...
By its de­cision of 18 Novem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved a Cyp­ri­ot aid scheme with a budget of EUR 22.2 mil­lion in fa­vour of Her­mes Air­ports Lim­ited, the op­er­at­or of Larnaka and Pa­fos in­ter­na­tion­al...
24 November 2020
Single European Sky Per­form­ance Re­port 2019
On 29 Oc­to­ber 2020, the Single European Sky's per­form­ance re­view body pub­lished its re­port for 2019. This re­port also of­fers an in-depth over­view of the per­form­ance of air ser­vice pro­viders in the European...
18 November 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ex­tends cer­tain sup­port meas­ures for the...
In May 2020, the Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a series of meas­ures amend­ing cer­tain con­di­tions of the Reg­u­la­tion No. 1008/2008 on com­mon rules for the op­er­a­tion of air ser­vices in the Com­munity and of the Dir­ect­ive...