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Mandatory Comprehensive Testing of Employees



Rules and recommendations 

In response to an unprecedented number of coronavirus cases, the Ministry of Health has ordered mandatory blanket testing of employees. 

Who is vaccinated and when? 

A) Companies employing 250 or more workers 

  • from 3 March 2021 the mandatory testing will start (antigen tests performed by a healthcare provider or tests that can be used by a lay person) at least once a week
  • no later than 5 March 2021 start testing
  • from 12 March 2021 only employees with negative test results  (i.e. allow their employees to be personally present at the workplace only if the employee has undergone a PCR test, antigen test or other preventive test with a negative result in the last 7 days).

B) Companies with 50 to 249 employees 

  • no later than 5 March 2021 the mandatory testing will start (antigen tests performed by a healthcare provider or tests that can be used by a lay person) at least once a week
  • no later than 8 March 2021 to start testing 
  • no later than 15 March 2021 only employees with negative test results  (i.e. allow their employees to be personally present at the workplace only if the employee has undergone a PCR test, antigen test or other preventive test with a negative result in the last 7 days).

C) Companies with 10 to 49 employees

  • no later than 17 March 2021 the mandatory testing will start (antigen tests performed by a healthcare provider or tests that can be used by a lay person) at least once a week
  • no later than 19 March 2021 start testing
  • from 26 March 2021 only employees with negative test results  (i.e. allow their employees to be personally present at the workplace only if the employee has undergone a PCR test, antigen test or other preventive test with a negative result in the last 7 days).

D) Companies with 1 to 9 employees

  • no later than 28 March 2021 the mandatory testing will start (antigen tests performed by a healthcare provider or tests that can be used by a lay person) at least once a week
  • no later than 30 March 2021 start testing
  • from 6 April 2021 only employees with negative test results  (i.e. allow their employees to be personally present at the workplace only if the employee has undergone a PCR test, antigen test or other preventive test with a negative result in the last 7 days).

E) Employers from the non-governmental non-profit sector with at least 1 employee

  • no later than 30 March 2021 the mandatory testing will start (antigen tests performed by a healthcare provider or tests that can be used by a lay person) at least once a week
  • from 6 April 2021 only employees with negative test results  (i.e. allow their employees to be personally present at the workplace only if the employee has undergone a PCR test, antigen test or other preventive test with a negative result in the last 7 days).

Employees are obliged to undergo the mandatory testing on a request of their employer based on the extraordinary measure (Article III.).

This obligation does not apply to employees who:

  • who perform work outside the employer's workplace (from home), ie. they are not present at all at the employer's workplace;
  • who have undergone laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 have had an isolation period, no symptoms, and no more than 90 days have elapsed since the first positive test.

In cases where employee refuses mandatory testing:

An employee who refuses to take the test will not be allowed to enter the workplace. If the employer does not agree with such an employee, for example, on the performance of work from home (home office) or taking leave, and does not comply with his request for unpaid leave, it will be the so-called other important personal obstacle at work for which employees The Labor Code does not provide for wage compensation (however, the employer may, at its own discretion, provide wage compensation beyond the scope of the law).

Rules for employees testing positive:

Any employee who tests positive must leave the workplace immediately and refrain from re-entering the premises. They should contact health care professionals immediately and have the choice to take another PCR confirming their results. If the employee is unable to inform his or her occupational health specialist, the employee must inform another healthcare provider or hygiene authority. Employees will be ordered to quarantine at least until they receive a negative result of the PCR test. If the confirmatory PCR test is negative, the employee can return to the workplace.

Comprehensive Guide to Mandatory Testing in Companies can be found on the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs websites. (Only in Czech language)  

Further information, including frequently asked questions and answers can be found on the Ministry of Industry and Trade websites, or on the Ministry of Health websites.

It is recommended to use a network of POC antigen centers for testing, where examinations are fully covered by the public health insurance. The result is directly recorded in the infectious disease information system, so the positive person can be isolated and traced immediately. Companies can also carry out testing directly in the company, if they arrange the necessary healthcare professional. The methodology is available on the Ministry of Health website.

 


Frequent questions about this topic

Do I still have to take the test if I find it painful or extremely invasive?
Will my employer pay my salary for the quarantine period?