What are the new obligations for you as an employer in connection with COVID-19?

31. 8. 2020

In recent days, the topic of the second wave in connection with coronavirus has been increasingly mentioned. Due to the deteriorating situation, the Public Health Office of the Slovak Republic (hereinafter referred to as the “ÚVZSR”) accepted, resp. updated four new measures with effect from 01.09.2020, which also affect employers.

From 1st of September, the obligation of quarantine is adjusted for everyone who from this date, 7:00 am. enters the territory of the Slovak Republic and during the last 14 days he visited a country that is not in the list of less risky countries * (see list below). Such a person is obliged to undergo home isolation (together with members of the household) until he receives a negative test result for Covid-19 disease or, in the case of an asymptomatic course of isolation, by completing his 10 day. This person should be tested on the fifth day of isolation at the earliest.

In connection with the above, the operator has a new obligation to control its employees. The operator is obliged upon the entry of his employee (meaning an employee in an employment relationship, civil service, or self-employed person) into the workplace or premises:

a) requests confirmation of the completion of compulsory quarantine in the home environment, which was completed by a negative test for Covid-19 performed in the territory of the Slovak Republic, or

b) request confirmation of crossing the borders of the Slovak Republic older than 10 days or

c) require proof of an exemption from that obligation to undergo domestic isolation.

If the worker is not able to submit any of the given certificates, the employer is obliged to report this fact to the relevant regional public health authority in its territorial district. The operator is also obliged to deny such a worker access to all areas of the plant or workplace.

Failure by the operator to comply with this obligation is considered an administrative offense and the ÚVZSR may impose a fine of up to € 20,000 on the operator.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform you immediately in case of new findings. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our professional team, who will be happy to advise you and provide more information. Do not hesitate to visit our website, Facebook or Linked-In.

* List of less risky countries: Community of Australia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, People's Republic of China, Kingdom of Denmark, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Finland, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Principality of Liechtenstein, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia, Hungary, Monaco, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Poland, Republic of Austria, Republic of Slovenia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Swiss Confederation, Italian Republic

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