Changes to the Employment Act will go into effect on July 1.

Key Points:

  • As BAL previously reported, the Czech government previously announced changes to the Employment Act.
  • Officials have now outlined details on the upcoming changes, including:
  • A labor market test will no longer be required for employers of non-EU nationals from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. Employers will not be required to publish a vacancy position for roles filled by foreign nationals from these respective countries and will not have to wait 30 days for an approval in the case of a change of employer. This new policy does not apply to Blue Card holders/applicants.
  • Labor office registration, deregistration and all other changes will need to be submitted online as opposed to by mail or in person. This new policy will apply to labor-related changes such as change of employer or employee transfer.
  • Finally, posted worker notifications will now be required to be submitted on the labor inspectorate online portal as opposed to in person at local labor offices.

Additional Information: Eligible foreign nationals are still required to register their employment status with their relevant regional branch of the State Labor Inspection Office even if the labor market test is no longer required. In addition, foreign nationals are still required to obtain and maintain a valid residence permit or visa. Employers of non-EU nationals from the nine countries listed above do not need announce the vacancy at the labor office and a job vacancy number does not need to be generated for an application.

BAL Analysis: The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is relaxing the rules for labor market testing to increase competitiveness in attracting additional skills and talent in the workforce as well as reduce the cost for employers seeking to hire foreign talent. BAL will provide further updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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