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Slovakia - November 2013

President stops legislation to impose sectoral collective bargaining

After several months of negotiations, on 29 October 2013 the National Council of the Slovak Republic (the "National Council") finally approved an amendment to the Act on Collective Bargaining (the Act). However, the President of the Slovak Republic refused to sign the amendment and he returned it to the National Council with several comments

The amendment was intended to introduce a possibility to extend the application of sector collective bargaining agreements. Under the Act a sector collective bargaining agreement cannot be extended to an employer without its consent. The amendment planned to eliminate the need for such consent. It is uncertain whether the amendment will be re-approved and come into effect as originally scheduled on 1 January 2014.

Commentary

Under the President's suggestions, in addition to the exceptions already included in the amendment approved by the National Council, a sector collective bargaining agreement should not be extended to an employer which is bound by a company collective bargaining agreement or to an employer employing less than 50 employees.

Resources

Amendment to the Act No 2/1991 Coll. On Collective Bargaining

Act No. 2/1991 Coll. on Collective Bargaining

www.prezident.sk (the official website of the president of the Slovak Republic)

www.nrsr.sk (the official website of the National Council of the Slovak Republic)

For further information or to discuss any of the issues raised, please contact Andrea Olšovská on +421 (0) 232 333 232 or Veronika Hrušovská on +421 (0) 232 333 232.

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