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Factsheet for case SK-2020-14/1054 – measures in Slovakia

COVID-19 FAQ - Guidelines for employers in the automotive sector

Koronavírus - aktualizácie pre automotive, Časté otázky FAQ

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 April 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Other
Author Ludovit Cziria (IVPR) and Eurofound
Case created 02 September 2020 (updated 05 May 2021)

Background information

The automotive industry was seriously hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and all major car producers in Slovakia, including their suppliers, interrupted or reduced their production for several weeks. In relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government adopted a package of measures to alleviate its impact on employers, employees as well as citizens. The most of these measures also affected the employers in the automotive industry, who needed to be properly informed about their implementation in practice.

Content of measure

To assist employers in the automotive industry, the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic (ZAP SR) prepared a list of frequently asked questions COVID-19 FAQ for the Automotive, with explanatory answers.

Presently, FAQ consists of 27 questions responding to measures adopted by the government via changes in the labour, social and other related legislation. It provides instructions for the employers how to implement the most relevant measures in managing practical issues in companies. For instance,

  • implementation of different types of short-time working schemes (particularly Measures 1 and 3 of the First aid package) and their practical application in collective agreements,
  • how to handle employees in a probation period,
  • new rules for employers paying compulsory contributions to social insurance funds, how to manage inevitable dismissals, how to calculate the decline in revenues.

Use of measure

The COVID-19 FAQ for the automotive is publicly available on the webpage of the Automotive Industry Association. Any employer/company can use individual instructions included in it. The COVID-19 FAQ for the Automotive provides detail description of the concrete practical issues/questions and provides explanatory instructions for company management how to respond to them. Comments on changes in legislation adopted by the government and practical implementation of the respective measure are provided.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Employers organisation

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

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

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

Involvement

This is an initiative of the Automotive Industry Association of the Slovak Republic (ZAP SR). It prepared a special webpage COVID-19 for the Automotive by own experts. On the webpage of ZAP SR, there is a special section Časté otázky FAQ, dealing with the most relevant issues concerning employers´ duties and obligations during the pandemic crisis. The ZAP SR assists employers in the automotive in better understanding and implementation of the COVID-19 related measures.

Views and reactions

According to the available information from the ZAP SR, employers in the automotive industry expected such initiative from the ZAP SR. However, detailed information is not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), COVID-19 FAQ - Guidelines for employers in the automotive sector, case SK-2020-14/1054 (measures in Slovakia), 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.