Country overview

Employee board-level representation in Slovakia exists in both private and publicly-owned companies. Neither unions nor employers were consulted about the transposition of the directive but both seem happy with the final outcome.

In the private sector in Slovakia, employees have a right to one third of the seats on the board in limited companies with shares and a capital of SKK 1 million or more (approximately €25,000), and more than 50 full-time employees. In state companies, employees have the right to half the seats on the supervisory board – though not the chair – irrespective of size. The issue of employee board-level representation is therefore of direct relevance.

In order to meet the transposition deadline the government rapidly pushed through legislation implementing the directive. Draft legislation was submitted to the tripartite economic and social council, then known as the RHSD, but it was not debated. Both unions and employers’ associations criticised the government for failing to consult them. However, neither side objected to the content of the legislation, which was broadly welcomed. There appears to have been no public debate.

Special negotiating body (SNB)

Standard rules under the fallback procedure

Misuse of procedures and structural change