For some – perhaps many – full-time employees in the Czech Republic, five weeks of paid vacation time is now the standard.
Full-time employees are currently entitled to a total of four weeks of paid vacation under current Czech law, and employers typically grant an additional five days of personal or sick leave. Otherwise, the first three days of sick leave is officially spent unpaid (and only 60% after that).
From next July, however, those first three days of sick leave will return to being paid due to a new bill supported by MPs from the ČSSD and KSČM parties.
And now, members of parliament from KSČM are pushing for a new measure that might make sense given the previous one: that all employees get five weeks of paid vacation as standard.
“I think five weeks of holiday is already a standard, and that there should be nothing extraordinary to enforce it in the Labor Code so that everyone will be entitled to it,” Hana Aulická-Jírovcová, KSČM MP for the Ústí nad Labem region, told iDnes.cz.
KSČM should have the support of at least some other parties. In pre-election advertisements, ČSSD member and current Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová also promised five weeks of vacation for all employees.
While many employees do receive five weeks vacation, it’s certainly not the case for all.
In an informal poll among more than 3,000 readers at iDnes.cz, 51% of respondents reported that they only received four weeks vacation. A total of 40% stated that they receive five weeks of vacation, and a lucky 9% reported more than five weeks.
While some of the Czech Republic’s larger employers now grant five weeks of vacation, the smaller one typically follow the letter of the law, reports iDnes.cz.