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union agreements increase these allowances by one additional week. Wages during holidays are based on the employee's average monthly remuneration. State holidays are regarded as paid leave in addition to the normal holiday entitlement.

State holidays The state holidays in Slovakia are listed in Table 13 (page 76).

Time off

An employee may be granted time off with or without pay in the following circumstances (non exhaustive):

medical examination or treatment an employee's wife gives birth to a child accompanying a family member to a medical facility for emergency examination or treatment of a disease or following an accident accompanying a handicapped child to a social care facility or special boarding school death of a family member the employee's own marriage when a disabled employee is unable to get to work due to severe weather unexpected breakdown or delay of public transport moving house job-searching during the notice period.

Social Benefits

Contributions

Both the employer and the employee are required to contribute to the social and health security systems. The current rates are shown in Table 12 (page 67).

Social Fund

Employers are required to contribute a minimum of 0.6% up to 1% of gross monthly salary to a separate company bank account on behalf of their employees. The purposes for which payments from the Social Fund can be made are explicitly specified by law, e.g., employees' rest and recuperation, subsidy on commuting, etc.

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