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In accordance with EU law, an amendment to the Employment Act was recently adopted affecting employers that use third-country nationals to perform work without a valid residence permit. Employers must keep a copy of the residence permit and notify the regional labour office of the employment. Violation of these obligations may have adverse consequences for employers in the form of monetary penalties.
Employment & Labour
The Supreme Court recently ruled that the firing of an employee with immediate effect for frequent personal use of company computer equipment (a total of 102 hours in one month) was lawful. The ruling also clarified that under the Labour Code, employers may legally monitor employees in order to check on personal use of company equipment without infringing employees' privacy rights.
The Act on Criminal Liability and Prosecution of Legal Entities recently entered into force. The aim of the new law is to allow legal entities to be held criminally liable for conduct that must be enforced by the Czech Republic due to international treaties and European law. Employers are advised to pay close attention to the measures that they adopt to prevent employees from committing illegal acts.
The new Act on Specific Health Services recently became effective, introducing a new system of company preventive healthcare, detailing the provisions that employers are obliged to ensure. The act allows employers whose employees perform only certain types of work to have, on written request, their occupational medical examinations carried out by the general practitioner at which the employee is registered