The Slovak government accepted the project conditions for maintaining employment in times of declared emergency

Thursday, 02. April 2020
On 31. 3. 2020 the government accepted the project conditions for maintaining employment in times of declared emergency (DE), that affect facilities, which were forced to shut down based on the measures of the Slovak Public Health Authority, or employers and self-employed, whose revenues dropped due to the DE.

Employers, who were forced to shut down based on the measures of the Slovak Public Health Authority, will be given a compensation up to 80% of their employees’ average salaries. The compensation will be limited to 1,100 EUR per employee and will cover net salary, income tax and contributions paid by the employee. Employer contributions will still be covered by the employer.

The second measure within the project of maintaining employment in times of declared emergency are compensations for employers and self-employed, whose revenues dropped due to the DE. The compensations will depend on the decrease of their revenues.

Eligible applicants are:
  1. An employer (except public authorities), who is not forced to shut down during the mentioned DE, but manages to maintain employment in spite of decreasing revenues
  2. Self-employed, that have stopped or limited their business activity based on the measures of the Slovak Public Health Authority, or self-employed with deceased revenues
  3. Self-employed that employ people and who in times of DE stopped or limited their business activity based on the measures of the Slovak Public Health Authority, or self-employed with decreased revenues, but which manages to maintain employment

The target group of the compensations are employees, whose employer or self-employed who is an employer, cannot order work due to obstacles on the side of the employer (§ 142 Labor Code) or Self-employed (Except self-employed that has concurrently had a work contract). The maximum amount of compensation for an eligible applicant within the second measure is 200,000 EUR monthly and depends on the drop in their revenues (the revenue drop is compared to revenues in the similar period of 2019):
  • With a decrease of revenues by ≥ 20 % the compensation for April and other months of DE will be 180 EUR (90 EUR for March)
  • With a decrease of revenues by ≥ 40 % the compensation for April and other months of DE will be 300 EUR (150 EUR for March)
  • With a decrease of revenues by ≥ 60 % the compensation for April and other months of DE will be 420 EUR (210 EUR for March)
  • With a decrease of revenues by ≥ 80 % the compensation for April and other months of DE will be 540 EUR (270 EUR for March)
Applicable conditions for both measures:
Applicants, who were forced to shut-down (1st measure) have to apply electronically through their local labor office and can do so as of 6.4.2020, 12 am (for the period since the start of the DE, 12.3.2020) until the end of the calendar month during which the DE will cease.

Applicants, whose revenues dropped due to the DE (2nd measure) can send their applications as of 8.4.2020, 12 am.

More information about the application process can be found at www.neprepustaj.sk or www.pomahameludom.sk. The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the SR  runs also a call center dedicated to this measures at the phone number +421 2 2211 5656  (available on working days from 6 am to 10 pm).

The key condition is to keep the supported job position for 2 additional months after the month for which the applicant applied. Also, applicants could not have been defined as a “business in difficulty” until 31.12.2019 (applicable for self-employed), they must pay employees a renumeration of 80% of their average salaries and must submit a statement of their employee count by 31. 1. 2020.

Applicants must also solemnly declare that:
  1. They have paid a renumeration of 80% the average wage of the employee
  2. They will not terminate the supported work contracts (nor make steps towards termination) 2 months after the month for which they applied
  3. They fulfilled the conditions of § 70 par. 7 of the Act on employment services
  4. They have not been defined as a business in difficulties until 31.12.2019
  5. They had a decrease in revenues (in case of the second measure)

The maximum amount of contribution per applicant is 800,000 EUR and the expected allocation for the period of DE is 834.4 mil. EUR. The project will be financed from the European Social Fund and its Operational programme human resources for 2014-2020 and co-financed by the national budget.
It is expected that these measures will affect 73 024 employers, 387 289 employees and 271 752 self-employed.