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Recently approved amendments to the Slovak Labour Code and Employment Services Act impose new obligations on employers in Slovakia as of January 2019. Among the newly introduced changes, employers can no longer bind their employees with the obligation to keep their work conditions confidential, including information about their salaries.

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