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Coronavirus – a practical guide for employers in the Czech Republic

  • Czech Republic

    09-04-2021

    We are continually updating this guide in response to the gradual publication of official information by public authorities. Latest update: 9 April 2021 (Restriction of free movement and Wearing masks, Travel, School, Retail and services, Testing of employees).

    We are bringing employers up-to-date practical recommendations and advice.

    Česká verze k přečtění  ZDE.

    Emergency measures in the Czech Republic

    The state of emergency which was lasted several months in the Czech Republic, was terminated on 11 April 2021. Related to this is the subsequent release of emergency measures.

    1. Restriction of free movement and Wearing masks

    • As of return to place of residence April 12, 2021, the restriction of free movement during the day and night and the ban on travel between districts are cancelled.

    • All persons should:

    • stay in public places only for the time strictly necessary;
    • limit contacts with other persons to what is strictly necessary;
    • stay in publicly accessible places for a maximum of 2 people (excluding household members, employees, pupils and students);
    • stay at the place of residence only with members of one’s own household, when in contact with other persons use a respirator without an inhalation valve FFP2 or KN95.

    • All persons in the Czech Republic must wear respiratory protective equipment (mouth and nose) such as a respirator without breathing ventilation (FFP2, KN 95) or medical face masks, namely:

    • in all interior spaces of buildings, outside their place of residence, or place of accommodation;
      • only a respirator is acceptable in service outlets and establishments;
    • in all publicly accessible places in the built-up area of the municipality;
      • only respirator is acceptable on public transport;
    • in means of public transport;
    • in all other publicly accessible places in the built-up area of the municipality, where at least 2 persons are present at the same place and at the same time, less than 2 meters apart (except for household members);
    • employers are obliged to equip their employees with adequate respiratory protective equipment in sufficient numbers for each work shift.

    • From obligation to wear respiratory protective equipment is exempted e.g.

    • children up to two years of age;
    • children and teaching staff in kindergartens;
    • pupils and teachers in the first stage of primary schools in school buildings;
    • accommodated children, pupils or students during stays in boarding schools and youth home;

    • school facilities for constitutional or protective upbringing;

    • schools established by Ministry of Justice;

    • persons with intellectual disorders, autism spectrum disorder or cognitive or mental disorder;
    • patients if they are hospitalized in inpatient health care facilities and if this is necessary for the provision of health services;
    • employees and persons in a similar position performing work in one place, if these persons are at least 2 meters apart (pupils and students performing practical training in the workplace are treated in the same way);
    • the parties to the court proceedings, at the place and time of the court proceedings;
    • moderators, actors, or other persons when performing an author's work (e.g. a theater or dance performance);
    • persons performing work classified in the third or fourth category of the risk conditions;
    • customers during food consumption;
    • athletes during training or competitions or exercising persons;
    • persons in the interiors of swimming pools, aquaparks or saunas;
    • public transport drivers, if they are separated by themselves from the rest of the space in an enclosed cabin;
    • fiancés and others during the marriage ceremony and when declaring to join a registered partnership;

    • athletes or persons performing physical activity during their training and competition outdoors, as well as during a competition indoors, or persons in indoor artificial swimming pools.

    • Patients in healthcare facilities are only allowed to be visited by persons who have undergone a PCR / POC antigen test, received vaccination or are in the 90-day "protection" period after the disease, if it is:
      • a third person at birth (parent of the child or a person living in the same household)
      • the visit of a minor
      • a visit of patient deprived of legal capacity
      • a visit to hospice patients and other patients in the terminal stage of an incurable disease
    • There are still restrictions on the right to gather peacefully is restricted, so that a maximum of 100 people can attend the meeting, in groups of 20 participants.

    2. Foreign travel and entry of foreign nationals

    • Currently, the Ministry of Health keeps a list of countries with a low risk of infection. Countries are divided into three categories: green, orange, red and dark red.

    • The list of countries includes green countries (low risk) and orange countries (medium risk) and red counstries (high risk). All other countries not on the list are considered to be at high risk of infection (dark red countries).

    • Persons traveling from orange, red or dark red countries are obliged to:

    • fill in an electronic arrival form before entering Czech territory and hand in such form when crossing borders
    • wear a FFP2 respirator or a medical face mask when outside the home for the duration of 14 days
    • subject to self-isolation after arrival until a negative test result is submitted (if required).

    • Travellers must undergo other obligations depending on whether they are Czech / EU citizens or third-country nationals or whether they have arrived by public or individual transport.:

    • Persons travelling from the orange countries are obliged to have a written confirmation of a negative result of an antigen or PCR test before entering the Czech Republic (the test must not be older than 48 hours).
      • A citizen of the Czech Republic / EU traveling by individual transport does not have to pass a test before entry and the territory of the Czech Republic, however, he must undergo an antigen or PCR test no later than the fifth day after arrival.
    • Persons travelling from the red countries are obliged to have a written confirmation of a negative result of an antigen or PCR test before entering the Czech Republic (the test must not be older than 48 hours). These persons are then obliged to take a PCR test on the territory of the Czech Republic after no sooner than 5 days of entry. The test result must be submitted to the Regional hygienic station (KHS).
      • A citizen of the Czech Republic / EU traveling by individual transport does not have to pass a test before entry and the territory of the Czech Republic, however, he must undergo PCR test no later than the fifth day after arrival.
    • Persons travelling from the dark red countries are obliged to have a written confirmation of a negative result of an antigen or PCR test before entering the Czech Republic (the test must not be older than 48 hours). These persons are then obliged to take a PCR test on the territory of the Czech Republic within 5 days of entry. The test result must be submitted to the Regional hygienic station (KHS).
      • It is enough for a Czech / EU citizen traveling by individual transport to submit a negative result of an antigen test beforehand.

    • Only following persons are exempted from the above-mentioned obligations:

    • International transport workers;
    • EU citizens or foreigners with a long-term stay in the EU who transit within 12 hours through the Czech Republic;
    • Members of diplomatic missions;
    • Persons under 5 years of age;
    • Professional athletes who have been permitted to participate in a sporting event;
    • Travellers to or from the Czech Republic for less than 24 hours for urgent medical, family or business reasons;
    • Cross-border workers, pupils and students;

    • Persons traveling or returning to the Czech Republic for the purpose of work or teaching are subsequently obliged to submit to their employer or educational institution a negative test result, which these persons take in the Czech Republic, otherwise they will not be allowed to enter the workplace or educational institution.

    • Other third-country nationals traveling from "red" countries, if they do not fall under one of the above exceptions, will be allowed to enter the territory of the Czech Republic only:

    • if the entry of a foreigner is in the interest of the Czech Republic;
    • to international transport workers;
    • members of diplomatic missions;
    • in urgent emergency situations (provision of health services, fulfilment of obligations imposed by a state authority, necessary care for family members, humanitarian aid).
    • Persons with a long-term or permanent residence in an EU member state may also fulfil the obligation to take a test in the Czech Republic (above) by submitting a negative test result performed in another EU member state, which will not be older than 72 hours after sending the results.
    • Controls of foreign countries citizens are randomised, but when asked those persons are obligated to prove the purpose of their travel.

    • From 12 April 2021 it is forbidden to travel to countries with an extreme risk of contracting COVID-19. The ban applies in particular to countries where new coronavirus mutations are occurring. These countries are: Botswana, Brazil, Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya, Colombia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    • The Ministry of the Interior has published clear graphics with rules for persons traveling in the Czech Republic
    • Citizen of the Czech Republic/EU

    • Third-country national

    3. Mandatory quarantine

    • Quarantine is ordered for the period of 14 days.

    • all providers of health services in the field of general practice are required to order quarantine

    • to all persons with a positive result of the RT-PCR test and, the quarantine will be terminated only in case of persons who do not show clinical signs of the COVID-19 disease, even without performing an RT-PCR test or POC antigen test;
      • only in case of health and social care workers, the quarantine will be terminated on the basis of a negative test result;
      • in case of persons showing clinical symptoms, the quarantine will last for the entire period of occurrence of these symptoms and will end in 3 days, the person will not show symptoms and will be terminated even without performing an RT-PCR test.
    • to all persons who, on the basis of the epidemiological inquiry, have been identified as having been in close contact with a positively tested person, for a period of 14 days from the date of the last contact with the positive person;
    • to all persons which did not present an RT-PCR test result to the regional hygienic station within 7 days of entering Czech Republic.

    • Quarantine does not have to be ordered

    • to persons who have suffered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days and does not show any symptoms.
    • to persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

    • In the event that a person who has been "only" ordered to quarantine (this person does not exhibit symptoms) occurs in a common household, the quarantine is not automatically ordered for the whole household and all its members. In this case, it is recommended:

    • to limit as much as possible both contact with the quarantined person and contact with the public;
    • the quarantined person should use their own towels and other personal items;
    • disinfect common areas.

    4. Schools

    • From 12 April 2021 they will be able to return to school facilities again:

    • pupils of primary school, while if there are more than 75 pupils in the primary school, pupils will come to school on the basis of the so-called rotation principle, every two weeks;
    • children to kindergartens in groups of a maximum of 15 children.

    • It can take place at the same time:

    • university exams up to 10 people
    • students of medical and health study programs
    • entrance exams
    • group consultation of 2nd secondary school pupils in the number of 6 pupils,

    • individual tuition (one on one) in leisure centers.

    • Pupils and pedagogical staff participating in full-time teaching are allowed to be present in a school facility only after passing an antigen test with a negative result for at least 2 weeks.

    5. Ban on public and private events

    • Mass events of important state interest or important sport events may take place according to hygienic and epidemiologic conditions set by Ministry of Health for each separate event.

    • Concerts and other musical, theatrical, film and other artistic performances can take place only without the presence of spectators.

    • A maximum of 15 people can attend weddings and funerals, if they are took place outdoors the maximum is raised to 20 people.

    6. Retail and services

    • From 12 April 2021 all the retail and service establishments are still closed, with the following exceptions:

    • grocery shops,
    • petrol stations,
    • shops selling hygienic goods and cosmetics,
    • pharmacies and shops selling medical goods,
    • shops selling animal supplies,
    • shops selling glasses and related goods,
    • shops selling news, magazines, tobacco products and tickets,
    • road vehicle and car wash towing and disposal providers,
    • establishments enabling the collection of goods and consignments purchased remotely,
    • flower shops and gardening supplies stores,
    • establishments for arranging execution and removal of constructions and for project activities,
    • computer and telecommunication service establishments,
    • real estate brokerage establishments and the activities of accounting consultants,
    • locksmithing and household product service establishments,
    • household goods stores and hardware stores,
    • facilities for the collection and purchase of raw materials and composting plants,
    • establishments with the sale of reverent goods,
    • arms and ammunition stores,
    • unmanned car washes,
    • establishments of taxis or other individual contract passenger transport,

    • household goods stores and hardware stores,

    • stationery shop,

    • stores of children's clothing and footwear.

    whereas in these open establishments it is not possible to sell goods other than those which can be purchased in other open establishments (ie clothing or footwear)

    • Accommodation services can be provided only to

    • persons for the purpose of pursuing a profession or business,
      • each person is obliged to prove this purpose before the start of accommodation by a written confirmation of the employer or the client,
      • the operator is obliged to keep proof of purpose for the entire stay of the accommodated person,
    • foreigners until leaving the territory of the Czech Republic,
    • persons who have been quarantined.

    • Public catering establishments can provide their services only through the so-called dispensing windows, and only between 06:00 and 21:59.

    • From 3.3.2021, staff catering establishments may provide catering services only under certain conditions:

    • only 1 person may sit at one table;
    • more than one person can be seated at a long table when keeping a distance of 2 m between the persons or by placing mechanical obstacles preventing the spread of droplets.

    • Between 22:00 and 5:59, it is only possible to operate:

    • gas stations,
    • pharmacies and stores in medical facilities,
    • stores in airports and railway stations,
    • non-public catering establishments (employee, school),
    • taxi vehicles.

    • In all retail outlets and the provision of services that may be opened, the operator is obliged to comply with the following rules:

    • not allow more customers than 1 customer per 15 m2 in the establishment;
    • actively prevent customer aggregation and ensure queue management;
    • place disinfectants near frequently touched objects (handles, railings, shopping carts);
    • close their establishments between 21:00 and 04:59, provided that this obligation does not only apply to petrol stations, pharmacies, shops in medical facilities or at airports or train or bus stations.

    • Shopping centers with a sales area exceeding 5000 m2 are required to:

    • not to provide wireless internet connection to the public;
    • not operate children's corners;
    • visibly mark spacing instructions.

    • Farmers' markets can only take place if:

    • the distances between individual points of sale will be at least 4 meters;
    • the sale of food and meals intended for direct consumption will not be allowed.
    • The operation of ski lifts and cable cars is prohibited, except for the use of cable cars to ensure supply.

    Behaviour of employees in the workplace and obligations of the employer

    It seems that the second COVID-19 wave has arrived and is worse in terms of infectivity. Stores and services are once again forced to close, and other employers are obliged to ensure home office for their employees, if the conditions of service and the nature of their work allow so. It is still necessary for people in the workplace to be considerate of each other and to comply with following rules.

    Employers should constantly monitor the situation regarding the development of the coronavirus epidemic and adapt their work activities accordingly.

    The employer is still generally obliged to comply with the requirements relating to safety and health at work. It should therefore assess all the risks associated with the performance of the work in question and take appropriate measures to that end, in particular in the form of:

    • informing employees (and possibly trade unions) about the current situation, the need for prevention against infection (e.g. increased compliance with hand hygiene) and about newly adopted measures;

    • consider the need to travel abroad and meet in person with business partners, and to make maximum use of distance communication;

    • prevent the gathering of customers and employees (e.g. in the elevator, when boarding shifts, in changing rooms);

    • require customer spacing of at least 2 meters (compliance with staff spacing can also be recommended);

    • place disinfectants for employees and customers close to busy places (handles, railings) and often ventilate;

    • order employees to wear gloves when contacting goods or receiving payments from customers, and provide them with them;

    • instruct employees with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, loss of taste and smell, etc.) not to come to the workplace;

    • check the safety of the machines used and the possible expiry of the inspection certificates;

    • if possible, allow employees to work from home.

    Employers who employ employees who have arrived from risk countries are obliged to request from the employee a negative result of the test, otherwise they must not allow these persons to enter the workplace.

    If the employee arrived from:

    Orange-level risk country, they can be admitted to the workplace after submitting a negative result of an antigenic (no older than 24 h) or PCR test (no older than 72 h), which the employee was forced to submit when crossing the border,

    Red-level risk country, they can be admitted to the workplace after submitting a negative result of an antigenic (no older than 24 h) or PCR test (no older than 72 h.), which they undertook within 5 days after arrival in the Czech Republic,

    Dark red-level risk country, they can be admitted to the workplace after submitting a negative result of an antigenic (no older than 24 h) or PCR test (no older than 72 h.), which they undertook at least 5 days after the arrival in the Czech Republic.

    If employers fail to comply with above stated obligation, they are under a risk of fine up to CZK 1.000.000 according to the Public Health Protection Act or risk of criminal liability for spreading of contagious disease, even from negligence.

    Employees working for providers of long-term inpatient care, care services or social services or in a home for the elderly who come into direct contact with patients or service users are required to undergo a test for the presence of the SARS virus once every 5 days from 21 November 2020. CoV-2.

    Testing of the employees

    During March, the government ordered mandatory testing of all employees by the employers.

    • From 28 April, the every employer is obliged to provide POC antigen tests for employees with health service provider or approved tests performed by a lay person, with a frequency of at least once a week.
    • From 6 April, the employer may allow entry to the workplace only to employees who have passed the RT PCR test, POC antigen test or other test provided by the employer directly at the workplace

    For the purposes of ensuring testing, as of 9 March, the employer is obliged to consider (and ensure regular testing for them) as his employees also:

    • Temporary staff of an employment agency
    • Any person who, on the basis of a "non-employment relationship", performs work or similar activities at the employer's workplace together with his regular employees, such as employees of suppliers (but not persons who provide distance services)

    Employees of these employers are obliged to undergo testing at the request of the employer. Employees may not be admitted to the workplace after the stated dates without a negative test in the last 7 days. If the employee is not present at the workplace on the day of testing, the test will be performed on the day of his arrival to the workplace.

    Testing self-employed persons

    • Newly, self-employed persons must also take part in the testing, when all persons who perform their main activity in the Czech Republic may enter their workplace or place of work from 6 April at the latest only if they have passed a negative test in the last 7 days.

    The test does not have to be taken only:

    • by people who have demonstrably suffered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days and do not show any symptoms,
    • by employees working on home office,
    • by persons who can be shown to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 if at least 14 days have passed since the final vaccine was given and show no signs of COVID-19 or
    • by self-employed persons who do not meet third parties at their workplace or at the place of work (third parties do not include persons living in the same household).

    The employer may use an occupational physician, occupational health service provider or other external health care provider to test employees. If the employer is interested, he can buy test kits at his own expense, through which he will test his employees. The employer will then be entitled to a contribution from VZP in the amount of CZK 60 per test (maximum 4 tests per employee and month).

    Due to the congestion of public testing centers, it is not recommended to test staff in these centers, which are primarily intended for general testing of the rest of the population (but it is still possible).

    More information about testing of employees can be found HERE.

    Monitoring the private lives of employees

    Employees may be required to provide information on the risks associated with coronavirus, such as whether they have not been abroad or have met an infected person. On the other hand, it may be difficult to punish employees for a false or incomplete answer.

    Practically we advise employees to notify their employer if they have been abroad and of the obligation to contact their attending physician in case of symptoms of an infectious disease, as well as the possible consequences that concealing the journey to abroad may have, including compensation of damages, labour law and misdemeanour offences, and in extreme cases, criminal liability.

    Likewise, the employer has the right to strongly advise employees not to travel privately to countries with a high risk of infection. But it cannot forbid private trips altogether.

    What to do with an employee suspected of being infected?

    If the employer is worried that the employee may be infected, we recommend agreeing (by telephone) with the employee that they report their health condition to their personal doctor or the relevant regional public health station. They will decide on the need to perform a coronavirus test and to possibly order quarantine.

    In the event that it is decided that there is no need to test the employee, the employee can come to one of the collection points himself and have himself tested at his own expense. However, the employer cannot compel the employee to do so.There may be a case where the symptoms of COVID-19 can be seen in the employee, but the disease has not been confirmed by a doctor. However, as a precautionary measure and as a result of compliance with the precautionary obligation, the employer may endeavour not to keep the employee in the workplace, even if the employee insists on performing the work.

    The conclusion as to whether this is an obstacle on the part of the employer or the employee is not clear.

    In this situation, we recommend that you agree with the employee on another, alternative performance of work, e.g.:

    Work agreement from home - an option conditional on the employee's consent, if the nature of the work allows it.

    Send employees "for obstacles" - the possibility even without the employee's consent, the employer must pay compensation of wages in the amount of average earnings.

    Compensatory leave - if the employee has worked overtime, the employer may order him to take it.

    Unpaid leave - based on the employee's request, the employer can allow him to take unpaid leave.

    Leave - the possibility to order an employee a leave, even without his consent; however, leave must be ordered 14 days in advance, unless a shorter period has been agreed.

    Cancellation of planned shifts - the possibility for employees to modify the shift schedule, even without their consent; however, the shift schedule must be set 14 days in advance, unless a shorter period has been agreed.

    Employee has been quarantined

    If an employee has been quarantined by a public health authority (the relevant regional public health office or even an attending physician), this constitutes an obstacle to work for which the employee is entitled to wage compensation as in the case of normal incapacity for work. This means that the employee is entitled to wage compensation of 60% of the average earnings (calculated from the reduced basis under the Labour Code) for the first 14 days of quarantine and from the 15th day will receive sickness benefit from the sickness insurance system.

    An act has been passed on the basis of which employees are entitled, during the period of a 14 day quarantine, to a 370 CZK / day compensation from their employer in addition to compensation of wages of 60% of average earnings.

    However, the total sum of the allowance and the compensation of wages may not exceed 90% of the average earnings of the employee. Employers will be able to deduct the amount of the contribution paid from the social security premium and the contribution to the state employment policy.

    The employee is obliged to inform the employer of the quarantine order without undue delay and to document the obstacle to work.

    If the employee was diagnosed with COVID-19, the employer must inform all other employees by suitable means. Details about specific person are provided only in scope necessary for protection of health and in such way, that causes no harm to dignity and integrity of such person. Specific details should only be provided to affected colleagues.

    The employee is afraid to come to work

    The Labour Code gives the employee the right to refuse to perform dangerous work. However, the refused work must directly and seriously endanger the employee's life or health, or the life or health of others. The refusal test is thus very strict and will not be fulfilled by the average employee at this point in case of concern about coronavirus infection.

    Generally, in such cases, we recommend hearing the employee's concerns and working together to find a solution that will meet their needs. This may include the possibility of working from home, taking leave or providing unpaid leave. Should an employee still refuse to come to work, this is an unexcused absence for which the employee may be penalised.

    Of course, there may be more complicated cases that need to be assessed individually (persons with compromised immune system, difficulty breathing, heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy, etc.).

    Closure of schools - nursing and return to work

    At present, pupils and students of certain grades can visit school facilities again. However, there constantly situations, where whole groups of children are isolated due to contact with the infected person it is therefore necessary to deal with the problem of nursing and the need for parents to look after their children. At the same time, it is necessary to think about the situation when the child himself will be infected and the parent will have to stay at home with him.

    At present, a new las has come to force that regulates nursing requirements during the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and closure of school facilities.

    Legislation that addressed this issue in last year's school year can no longer be applied, as it was applicable only until 30 June 2020.

    By its wording, employees should have claim to compensation, if they are taking care of:

    • child younger than 10;

    • dependent children attending school, relying on the care of another person (from grade I onwards) without age restrictions;

    • persons older than 10 relying on the care of another person using the services of daily, weekly hospitals and similar facilities;

    • children that can’t attend school due to mandatory quarantine imposed on the family.

    Support period will last for the whole duration of emergency measures and the amount of nursing allowance is 60% from daily assessment basis.

    This bill extends the right to nursing allowance to persons working on the basis of an agreement to perform work or an agreement to complete a job.

    Parents will not be entitled to nursing allowance for the period of any school holidays and days off announced by the school principal during the school year or in case when the parents themselves decide not to send their child into school, even though that current epidemical situation permits its opening.

    The confirmation of school closing is no longer required. An affidavit from insured (parent) that he or she must take care of the child due to school closing.

    Antivirus Employment Protection Programme

    At present, employers still have the opportunity to apply for a full or partial employment allowance from the Antivirus program:

    Mode A (Plus) – Forced operation restriction

    • In case of closing of operation due to government order, employees are eligible to 100% wage compensation

    • For employee that cannot be assigned work due to government order, employers are eligible to request 100% of wages paid from 1 October including taxes.

    • Maximum amount of compensation for one month per worker is CZK 50.000.

    • Maximum amount of total compensation for employer for all his employees is EUR 800.000 (if employer exceeds this limit, he is still eligible for compensation through Mode A)

    Mode A – Forced operation restriction and quarantine

    • In case of closing of operation due to government order, employees are eligible to 100% wage compensation

    • In case of quarantine, employee is eligible for compensation of 60% from daily calculating basis.

    • Compensation for employer will be in this case 80% from paid wage compensation, including taxes.

    • Maximum amount of compensation for one month per one employee is CZK 39.000.

    • According to the latest information, the limit should be increased.

    Mode B - Related economic difficulties (obstacles on the part of the employer due to the spread of coronavirus)

    • If the employer is unable to allocate work to a larger number of employees due to quarantine or childcare, the wage compensation paid to the employees will be 100%.

    • If the employer is unable to allocate work due to unavailability of raw materials, products or services that are necessary for its activity, it is obliged to pay compensation of min. 80% of wages.

    • If the employer is unable to allocate work due to a reduction in demand for services, manufactured goods or other products, employees will still be entitled to a wage compensation of at least 60%.

    • In these cases, the employer will be able to apply for a contribution of 60% of the paid wage compensation, including taxes, while the amount of the contribution per employee is limited to the amount of CZK 29,000.

    It is possible to apply for compensation until 30 April 2021.

    The employer will only be eligible for Antivirus Programme contributions if the following conditions are met:

    • as of March, employers will be eligible for compensation only for employees, that have been employed at least for 3 months;

    • it is an employer who strictly adheres to the Labour Code;

    • the employee for whom the employer wishes to draw the contribution must not be in a notice period and must not be given a dismissal notice at the time of the wage billing (exceptions to the notice given under Section 52 (g) and (h) of the Labour Code);

    • the employer is a company in the business sphere and the employees are in a main employment relationship and participate in sickness and pension insurance (the contribution cannot be drawn for DPP and DPČ employees);

    • the employer is not in liquidation or bankruptcy;

    • the decision to impose a fine on employers for enabling illegal work has not become final in the previous 3 years;

    • the employer will not for the same purpose, i.e. the part of wage compensation that will be paid from the contribution of the Labor Office of the Czech Republic, claim coverage from funds provided from the state budget, EU programs and projects, or other public sources;

    • the employer duly pays the salary and taxes.

    Compensation bonus

    At present, a new law on support in the form of a compensatory bonus is in force for:

    • self-employed persons;
    • natural persons who are partners of a limited liability company which has only 2 partners or partners are formed only by members of one family;
    • persons working on the basis of Activity agreement or Employment agreement.

    The amount of the bonus should be CZK 1,000 for each day in the period from 1 February 2021.

    You can apply for the compensatory bonus HERE.

    Damages

    According to the Crisis Act, the State is responsible for damages caused by crisis measures. More information concerning this topic can be found HERE.

    In conclusion

    Nevertheless, the epidemiological situation may develop rapidly. Employers are advised to keep a cool head and follow the websites of Czech state authorities such as the Government of the Czech Republic,  the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the Interior, the State Health Institute and the ECDC.

    In the event of an emergency situation related to coronavirus, we recommend that further steps and measures be resolved promptly in accordance with our recommendations, and in particular in cooperation with the employee concerned, his/her attending physician and the competent hygiene authority. Only with the participation of these actors will it be possible to effectively prevent the further spread of the epidemic while ensuring the operation of the company.

    The same applies if the employee cannot come to work because there is a quarantine at the municipality in which the place of work is located.

    This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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