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Employee’s right to pay in the event of inability to work

Unless otherwise agreed, the employer is obliged to pay the employee in full if the employee has been at the employer’s disposal in accordance with the contract without being able to work for a reason attributable to the employer.

If an employee cannot perform their duties due to a fire at the workplace, a force majeure event or other similar reason beyond the control of the employee or the employer, the employee is entitled to pay for the duration of the impediment, but not for longer than 14 days. However, if the reason for the inability to work is industrial action by other employees that is not dependent on the employee’s working conditions or terms of employment, the employee is entitled to pay for a maximum of seven days.

The employer may deduct from the pay to be paid on the basis of the above conditions the amount that the employee has saved due to the inability to work and the amount that they have earned from other work or deliberately failed to earn. When deducting wages, the employer must comply with the regulations on restrictions on the right of offsetting.

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Employment Contracts Act – 5. Payment of wages