Are you ready for the minimum wage increase?
The Czech government has approved another increase in minimum wage; as of 1 January 2016 the minimum wage will rise to CZK 9 900 per month, an increase of 7.6% from CZK 9 200. This will translate to CZK 58.70 per hour which is approximately EUR 370 per month or EUR 2 per hour.
In addition to the increase to minimum wage, the minimum guaranteed wage levels will also be increased. The minimum wage is provided only for the lowest level workers, whereas more complicated work is subject to a higher wage based on the respective guaranteed wage level. There are 8 levels based on the complexity of work, the highest level will enjoy CZK 19 800 per month (approximately EUR 740) from 1 January 2016.
The Czech government has indicated that the minimum wage will be increased regularly in the coming years.
What if I don’t comply?
It is important to note that if employers do not pay at least the minimum wage or minimum guaranteed wage, employees may claim compensation to the value of mandatory wage levels. In addition, the State Inspection Authority may impose penalties up to CZK 2 000 000 (approximately EUR 74 000).
The new governmental regulation including all 8 guaranteed wage levels is available (in Czech only) here.
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