Central Europe, including the Czech Republic, has been affected by severe flooding. Many are unable to get to work as a result of the disruption to transport links or as a result of safeguarding their property and/or dealing with the consequences of the flooding.

Should an employee be unable to perform their job due to the above factors, the employer is obliged to ‘release’ the employee from work. During this ‘release’ the employee is not entitled to any salary or payment. However, if the employee requests paid leave, the employer is required to continue paying the employee their usual salary. Alternatively, the employee may agree with the employer to work additional hours to compensate for the lost time.

There must be an objective reason preventing the employee from performing their job. If the employee simply takes advantage of the flooding and is absent from work, the employee may be dismissed.

Where the flooding has resulted in an employer suspending production, the employer is obliged to continue paying the employee a statutory compensation throughout the period of suspension. The employer may also request that the employee works from home, or if not possible, may request that the employee takes paid leave.

The employer also has a right to temporarily assign the employee to duties not stated in the employee’s employment contract, for example, dealing with the consequences of the flooding. Nevertheless, other terms and conditions of the employment contract, including the employee’s remuneration agreed in the employment agreement remain unchanged for this period.