Czech employers to pay sickness benefits

January 2006, employers should pay sickness benefits in the first two weeks of
a worker’s absence instead of the state, according to a bill prepared by the
Czech Republic’s ministry of labour and social affairs.

companies have claimed that the current system is misused, and the government
is not providing any means to effectively control malingerers. Companies have
warned that higher costs will cause redundancies.

total number of days that people in the country are sick has been rising. In
1998, the figure was around 110 million, but in 2003 it rose to 121 million
days, with the average employee taking 35 sick days per year.

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