Changes in wage allowances from June 2023
An employee working overtime is entitled to extra-pay increases for work on holidays, work performed during the weekend or night work since 1 June 2023. We have prepared an overview of the relevant wage benefits.
The MP's draft Amendment to the Act No. 311/2001 Coll., the Labour Code, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the "Labour Code") will bring a change in the amount of wage allowances for night work and work during weekends. The remuneration for work performed outside the employment relationship on public holidays and the compensation provided to the employee for the inactive part of the on-call time outside the workplace will also undergo a change.
The amendment to the Labour Code with the symbolic designation No. 1/2023 Coll. will again link the amount of wage allowances to the amount of the minimum wage, as was the case until the end of 2020.
From 1 June 2023, the wage allowances will be as follows:
(a) Wage allowance for work on Saturdays will be at least 50 % of the minimum hourly wage instead of the current fixed amount of EUR 1.79/hour.
(b) The wage allowance for work on Sundays shall be at least 100 % of the minimum hourly wage instead of the current fixed amount of EUR 3,58/hour.
(c) The wage allowance for night work shall be at least 40 % of the minimum hourly wage and, in the case of an employee performing hazardous work, at least 50 % of the minimum hourly wage. The previous fixed amount was €1.43/hour and €1.79/hour for an employee performing hazardous work.
The Labour Code also provides for exemptions which apply to employers whose nature of the work, or the conditions of the establishment require that the work be regularly performed on Saturdays, Sundays or as night work. In these cases, lower amounts of wage allowances may be agreed, but at least 45 % of the minimum hourly wage for Saturday work, 90 % of the minimum hourly wage for Sunday work and 35 % of the minimum hourly wage for night work.
Compensation for the inactive part of on-call time and for the difficult performance of work shall be changed from the current fixed amount of EUR 0.72/hour to at least 20 % of the minimum hourly wage.
Employees working under agreements on work performed outside the employment relationship will be entitled to an agreed remuneration for each hour of work on public holidays, increased by at least the amount of the minimum hourly wage.
The value of the minimum wage is set from 2023 onwards in accordance with the Notification of the Ministry of Labour Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic No. 300/2022 Coll. and the Act No. 663/2007 Coll. on the minimum wage at EUR 700 for a fixed 40-hour weekly working time. The minimum hourly wage for 2023 is EUR 4,023/hour.