IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Slovak Parliament has passed changes to the Employment Services Act that will significantly affect the hiring of non-EU nationals.
What does the change mean? The law will ease labor market testing for certain professions in regions of low unemployment, but will limit the hiring of these professionals to 30 percent of a company’s workforce. In other changes, employers must provide housing accommodations to non-EU nationals on assignment and meet new documentary requirements for non-EU nationals transferred to Slovakia from within the EU. Also, employers who have illegal-employment violations in the previous two years will be denied work permit applications.
Details: Parliament passed the amendments to Employment Services Act No. 5/2004 in February. Key changes are as follows.
BAL Analysis: Companies should review their practices on hiring non-EU nationals to determine if they will be able to benefit from the labor-market testing exemption. Employers should also review whether they have any illegal-employment violations in the previous two years, which would prevent them from obtaining work permits, and explore the possibility of requesting that labor authorities expunge the violations.
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