The amendments changed and harmonized certain rules on working time, pregnancy protection and posting of workers:
•The amendment provides that if both parents are on unpaid leave for taking care of the child, then both parents are entitled to redundancy protection.
•The amendment deleted the prohibition against allocating regular working time for on-call employees for the Saturday directly prior to a Sunday on which the employee had to work. At the same time, the amendment increased the daily resting time to 11 hours for on-call duty positions (used to be 8 hours). Furthermore, regarding all types of positions, when the daily resting time can be reduced to 8 hours (like in a continuous work order or multiple shifts), the total duration of the daily rest period over two consecutive days must reach 22 hours. This change will come into force on 1 January 2017.
•The amendment harmonised the Labour Code with EU Directive 2014/67/EU regarding cross-border postings. The changes provide that in the case of a cross-border posting, the entity receiving the services will be jointly and severally liable for unpaid salaries if it was aware/should have been aware that the posting entity failed to pay. Also, the posting employer will be required to keep the posted employees’ employment contracts, working time registers and documents related to salary payments at the place of work during the posting and at the registered seat or premises of the posting employer for 3 years after in order for the authority to verify compliance. The employer posting employees abroad must also appoint a contact person to liaise with the competent authority and a contact person to liaise with local social partners at the place of the posting.
Labour Safety Law was also modified : from the begining of this year a Safety Representative is compulsary from 20 Employees. Last year this the border was: 50 employees.