How will COVID-19 affect the general labour laws in Slovakia?

By Katarína Pfeffer, Bibiana Mozoľová


As of 4 April 2020, new Labour Code (the "LC") provisions are effective which, inter alia, deal with and regulate special provisions during times of extraordinary situations (in Slovak: "mimoriadna situácia"), states of urgency (in Slovak: "výnimočný stav") and states of emergency (in Slovak: "núdzový stav"). The main aim of these new regulations and rules is to help employers respond quickly to not only to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the governmental measures adopted.

The new regulations do not in any way affect the general provisions of the LC. The new LC provisions are specific regulations applicable only during the effectiveness of measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases or protect public health ordered by the competent authority.

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