On 1 October 2015, a so-called "kurzarbeit" (short-time work) system was implemented as a tool designed to help employers retain their employees during periods of financial difficulty. Where an employer is unable to assign a minimum of 20 percent of sufficient work per week to an employee, such employer is entitled to receive financial aid from the state equal to 20 percent of the employee's average earnings, provided this does not exceed 12.5 percent of the average salary in the Czech Republic. Such financial aid will generally be provided for a maximum period of twelve months. Further details regarding the conditions under which an application for this type of financial aid may be made is subject to government regulation which has yet to be enacted.