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Eurofound's COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the crisis, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Factsheet for case CZ-2020-14/358 – measures in Czechia

Save jobs! - Employee sharing

Zachraň práci!

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 31 March 2020
Type Company practices
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
Author Renata Kyzlinková (RILSA)
Case created 07 April 2020 (updated 04 January 2021)
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Background information

During the COVID-19 outbreak a lot of Czech companies face problems with an actual engagement of their employees. Czech Chamber of Commerce (Hospodářská komora České republiky) decided to help overcome difficulties and offers a helping hand in using an 'employee sharing' programme. Employee sharing, as an employment tool may be useful since there are also companies that currently lack employees (e.g. due to quarantine or taking care of their family members) and that would welcome assistance of employees coming from other companies.

Content of measure

The measure is governed by the §43a of the Act 262/2006 Coll., Labour Code, the so called temporary assignment of an employee. The temporarily assigned employee stays employed by the original employer, however, the work tasks are being given by the company to which he/she was assigned. Working and wage conditions of employees temporarily performing activities for another employer must not be worse than the conditions of their main occupation.

The Czech Chamber of Commerce cooperates with an electronic platform www.WorkLinks.com which offers its services for free for this purpose. Also on-line platform Jurent CZ, which has a wealth of experience in employee sharing, has been involved in this measure. In addition, the Chamber offers a toll free phone helpline for companies requiring advice in that matter.

Use of measure

According to the press release of Chamber of Commerce from 24 June 2020, almost 1,000 companies joined the project, mostly from manufacturing and automotive industry. From these companies, one third of companies has demanded labour force and two thirds have offered its labour force.

Contents

  • Employment retention

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
Employers organisation

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

Both social partners were consulted.

Views and reactions

It is an active and direct initiative of the Chamber of Commerce.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Save jobs! - Employee sharing, case CZ-2020-14/358 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.