Czech Republic: Reintroduction of mandatory testing of all employees
Company: Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelář, s.r.o.
Mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for all employees is being reintroduced for all employers in the Czech Republic.
Employers are obligated to conduct first testing no later than 29 November 2021.
- All employers (regardless of the number of employees or other criteria) are required to provide regular testing of all their employees no later than 29 November 2021
- Testing must be carried out at least once a week by rapid antigen test for self-testing (use by a layperson)
- For the purposes of testing, temporary agency workers are also considered employees
Obligations of employers
If the test result is positive, the employee is obliged to inform their employer immediately, leave the workplace and, if the test was not performed by a doctor, inform their attending physician (or, under certain conditions, the company doctor or health station), who are obliged to immediately request a confirmatory RT-PCR test
Exceptions to testing
Mandatory testing does not apply to persons who
Testing of sole traders
The obligation to undergo testing also applies to sole traders who carry out their main activity in the Czech Republic.
Sole traders are obliged to undergo a rapid antigen test for self-testing at a frequency of at least once a week from 29 November 2021 (use by a layperson).
Although not explicitly stated in the emergency measure, it is recommended that the test result and, if applicable, the exception for which testing is not required also be recorded for auditing purposes
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For more information please contact
Radek Matouš, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland | Prague
Martina Vodičková, Junior Associate, Eversheds Sutherland | Prague