Smaller enterprises may not have to pay employees' sick-leave benefits

The Cabinet-approved changes in the sick-leave insurance system, may not affect smaller enterprises. Under the new sick-leave bill, employers would have to cover their employees' sickness benefits in the first two weeks of sick leave. On the other hand they would pay lower sickness insurance for the respective employee. After talks with the Czech Economics Chamber on Thursday, the Labour and Social Affairs Minister Zdenek Skromach said that businesses employing up to 25 people may be given the choice of leaving the coverage of their employees' sickness benefits up to the state.

The Cabinet also set the upper limits of the income base from which sickness and health insurance payments are calculated. The bill has yet to be approved by both houses of Parliament.

Author: Dita Asiedu