Ministerial Decree 9/2017 Declares Extended Weekends

New Order or Decree

Author: Zoltán Csernus, Partner — VJT & Partners

As some public holidays fall on days which are only one working day away from weekends, the Hungarian Ministry of the National Economy recently passed Ministerial Decree 9/2017 to establish the dates when Hungary will enjoy four-day weekends in year 2018, for such times when a working day falls between the public holiday and the weekend. To compensate for the loss of such working days, the Decree also determines six Saturdays as working days to substitute the missing working days.

Supreme Court’s Decision Regarding Final Justification for Termination (BH2017.128)

Precedential Decision by Judiciary or Regulatory Agency

Author: Zoltán Csernus, Partner — VJT & Partners

Under the Hungarian Labour Law, the employer must justify in the written termination notice the cause of the employee’s termination. As the justification is final, the employer cannot amend it later and is obliged to prove the realness of such justification in case of litigation. Based on a new decision from the Supreme Court, an employee terminating the employment with immediate effect must provide justification, which cannot be amended afterwards. In lack of such proven justification, the termination is unlawful and the employee must face financial consequences.

The Case of the Blind Eye: Liability for Work-Place Accidents (EBH2017. M.14)

Precedential Decision by Judiciary or Regulatory Agency

Author: Zoltán Csernus, Partner — VJT & Partners

The Hungarian Supreme Court recently decided that if an employee lost his organ (an eye) in a workplace accident, and the employer is liable for the accident, then the employee is entitled to proper damages even if the lost organ was not functioning (i.e., the lost eye was already blind).