GDPR Implementation Act enters into force

On 24 April 2019, the Act on the processing of personal data was published in the Collection of laws under No. 110/2019. In addition to adapting the Czech legal system and ensuring its compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), it also regulates cases

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Investment incentives to change

The draft amendment to the Investment Incentives Act has passed its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies. Under this proposal, an investment incentive could be allocated to investment projects carried out in the processing industry, in technology centres and in centres for strategic services.

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legal advice to the management of ICON Communication Centres s.r.o.

The law firm FORLEX led by partner Ivan Barabáš supported by Senior Associate Simona Zahradníčková advised the management of ICON Communication Centres s.r.o.

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Stricter penalties for failure to list financial statements in the collection of instruments

The Chamber of Deputies will start the first reading of a major amendment to the Business Corporations Act, which also includes an amendment to the Act on Public Registers.

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Health insurance companies claiming repayment of costs of accidents at work

Recently, health insurance companies have increasingly requested to be reimbursed for the costs of healthcare provided to workers as a result of accidents at work; they have done so by claims addressed to those employers where the accident had taken place.

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Wage compensations to be provided from the first day of incapacity for work

The President of the Republic has signed the draft amendment to the Labour Code, as approved by the Chamber of Deputies for the second time after being rejected in the Senate. With effect from 1 July 2019, the waiting period associated with the temporary incapacity for work is abolished.

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Registration courts supervise the election of supervisory board members by employees

A practice by the registration courts has been reported recently, whereby these courts request joint-stock companies to demonstrate that they do not employ over 500 employees or that their employees have elected the relevant part of the members of the supervisory board.

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Adaptation law to further adjust the GDPR regulation

The Senate returned the so-called GDPR adaptation legislation to the Chamber of Deputies, with amendments and for further discussion, the purpose of the law being to replace the current Personal Data Protection Act.

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Discharge procedures to become accessible for a wider range of debtors

On December 19, 2018, the Senate rejected a draft amendment to the Insolvency Act and returned it to the Chamber of Deputies for further discussion; the amendment is primarily intended to deal with the situation of indebted natural persons locked into debt-traps.

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The Chamber of Deputies discusses a comprehensive amendment to tax laws

The Chamber of Deputies has adopted a proposal amending certain laws in the field of taxes and customs duties.

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Act on Public Health Insurance amended

On 1 January 2019, an amendment to the Public Health Insurance Act entered into force, which brought about a new system of reimbursement of medical devices supplied on medical prescription.

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Security agent introduced in the Act on Bonds

The last amendment of the Act on Bonds introduced - among others - a security agent, i.e. a person who represents the creditors (the owners) of bonds in the process of establishing and executing a collateral.

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Optional informal oral reproof for offences reintroduced

On January 1, 2019, an amendment to the Act on Offences and to the Road Traffic Act came into force, which aims to eliminate unnecessary administrative burdens in dealing with petty offences, i.e. those associated with minimum social harm.

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Changes in Labour Relations

With effect from 1 January 2019, the basic hourly rate for the minimum wage for 40 hours of working time weekly increases from CZK 73.20 to CZK 79.80, thus creating a range of CZK 12,200 to CZK 13,350 for the monthly salary.

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Law Firm of the Year 2018

In early November, EPRAVO.CZ organized its 11th “Law Firm of the Year” under the auspices of the Czech Bar Association and the Czech Ministry of Justice.

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Constitutional court to appreciate supreme court’s ground-breaking decision on concurrence of functions

The Constitutional Court has recently issued another decision on the issue of the so-called concurrence of functions, in which it inferred an unconstitutional interference with the plaintiff’s right to judicial protection in connection with a violation of the freedom of choice and the right to fair remuneration for work.

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GDPR: Supreme administrative court to deem a decision by Czech Police about personal data erasure from a public register to be an administrative act

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled in a case regarding the freedom of information and the right to obtain the erasure in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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European parliament to approve the proposal for a copyright directive

In the first half of July, the European Parliament approved the proposal for a directive on copyright in its first reading, a directive known in particular for the controversial Article 13, to which, however, some modifications were made compared to the much-criticized version proposed earlier in the summer.

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Domestic road transportation to change significantly in 2019

The amendment of the Road Transportation Act will lead to a change which will affect significantly the road freight transport from 2019 onwards. So far, freight transport has been governed by the Civil Code which however does not contain detailed provisions in this field.

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Controversial taxation rules amendment effective since June

A taxation rules amendment adopted with the aim to transpose into the national legislation the European Directive DAC 5 entered into effect on 5 June 2018. The purpose of the Directive is to ensure that, in performing international tax administration, Member States’ tax administrators have access to certain client data in the possession of banks, payment services providers, lawyers and other professional chamber members as required by the anti-money laundering law.

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Judicial decision of 2018 offers solution to simultaneous employment contract and director’s service agreement

The judicial decision of 2018, as announced in June during the Karlovarské Právnické Dny Conference, is the Judgment of the Supreme Court which clarified the rules for holding the office of a governing body member and having an employment contract with a company at the same time.

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complex legal services to the shareholders of ORT – ART, s.r.o.

The law firm FORLEX provided complex legal services to the shareholders of ORT – ART, s.r.o. in the sale of their 100% share in the company, a leading private orthopaedic clinic in the Moravian-Silesian region.

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Stand-by duty to be included in working time?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“Court”) ruled that stand-by services which very significantly restrict the employee’s opportunities to have other activities, must be regarded as working time.

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Case Law Regarding Payment of a Share of Profit

On 22 March 2017, the High Court in Prague issued a judgment in which the Court expressed its opinion that even today, under the Business Corporations Act, the prior decisions of the Supreme Court issued while the Commercial Code was still effective will prevail.

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The beginning of a new year normally brings a number of legislative changes. The most interesting ones are described briefly below, in our latest Legal Update edition. A full overview of the regulations which enter into effect on 1 January 2018 is available

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Two of our lawyers, Pavel Říha and Martin Slaběňák, assisted at the START-UP DAY which took place at the Czech Centre in Paris on 26 October 2017. The event was organized by the Moravian-Silesian Region and the Moravian-Silesian Innovation Centre in cooperation with the Czech Embassy in France. We were glad to share our experience from the business sector around the Moravian-Silesian Region and established new contacts with both Czech and French start-ups...

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The beginning of November is approaching together with the effective date of the amendment to the occupational health services. For more detail, read this article in Právní prostor by our lawyers Eva Ostruszka Klusová and Dominik Šolc. First part of the article...

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Here are some more legal news brought by FORLEX, where we discuss, among other things, the use of fingerprints by employers or the upcoming changes affecting occupational health services.

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