Logo Advokátní kancelář roku 2023

Legal news for 2020

The turn of the year is once again a period of legal change. With us, you’ll be one step ahead of the curve and familiarise yourself with the legal innovations of the early 2020s. Whether it’s changes in employment law such as the increase in the minimum wage, the arrival of the next wave of the ET, new rights for eshops or stricter rules for dog owners.

4 minutes of reading

It’s not only at the cadastre that we pay extra

The fee for entry into the Land Registry will double to CZK 2,000. This means that every time you sell or donate a property, you will pay 1000 CZK more. This was decided by the majority in the Chamber of Deputies, which outvoted the Senate. The government, as the proposer of this regulation, argues inflation since 2012, when the fee was raised from CZK 500 to CZK 1,000, and mainly the alleged higher administrative complexity of the cadastral office’s agenda. The change was supposed to be effective as of 1 January 2020, but it has not yet been finally announced. However, we will be happy to guide you through the procedure at the cadastre.

Higher taxation of alcohol, cigarettes and gambling also passed in the Chamber of Deputies. These changes are also intended to increase the state budget’s revenue, but they also serve to reduce inappropriate consumption and, in the long term, to save money in the health sector, according to the proponents.

However, other controversial steps are also in the pipeline for the coming years. These include the intention to introduce a so-called digital tax for giants such as Facebook or Google, i.e. internet operators with a global turnover of over EUR 750 million and an annual turnover in the Czech Republic of over CZK 100 million. The base of the digital tax with a rate of 7% is to be calculated on sales of online services for Czech clients, not on profits, so it will be quite harsh.

Who all will be affected by the new EET and how to prepare?

The EET will now also include entrepreneurs who have not had to participate in it so far thanks to the Constitutional Court. Some time ago, the court cancelled further waves of the EET for unconstitutionality. However, a modified third and fourth wave will come after all. It will affect artisans, freelancers (including us lawyers), transport and agricultural entrepreneurs, basically all businesses that accept cash. The new obligation will kick in from May 2020.

It is possible to avoid it by cancelling cash payments, but we recommend not to underestimate the matter and to download the appropriate applications in time if you will be accepting any cash after all.

Solutions Tailored for You

Our team of experienced attorneys will help you solve any legal issue. Within 24 hours we’ll evaluate your situation and suggest a step-by-step solution, including all costs. The price for this proposal is only CZK 690, and this is refunded to you when you order service from us.

Changes in ecommerce

In the introduction we talked about the digital tax. However, this is still the music of the future. In contrast, the Regulation on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediary services is already a reality, mandating all comparison and search engines to have clear and understandable terms and conditions. These are intended to set out precise operating rules for all participating e-shops and other competitors. In practice, the issue is how the search algorithm works, how the ranking of results can be influenced and how to prevent exclusion from such searches.

Operators also face new regulation. The Electronic Communications Act now prohibits penalising switching to a competitor if the contract is for at least three months. For shorter contracts, operators can only charge a maximum penalty of 5%.

Changes in social and labour law

The most numerous changes are probably to be found in labour and social security law. The minimum wage will increase by CZK 1,250 to CZK 14,6000. There are several reasons for the increase – rising average wages and a growing economy, but also, and perhaps most importantly, pressure from trade unions. At the same time, it is often forgotten that the guaranteed wage, i.e. the minimum wage for qualified workers, is also rising.

MEPs also approved an increase in parental allowance to CZK 300 000. However, despite the senators’ opposition, only families of children up to the age of four who have not yet exhausted the allowance are to be entitled to it. It is likely that the discriminatory nature of the new regulation will be reviewed by the Constitutional Court.

From the beginning of next year, an electronic sick leave will also be introduced, which was originally due to come into force a year ago. Doctors will therefore only issue sick leave to people electronically. This is an opportunity to make the current system more transparent, but some doctors have criticised the new system as being insufficiently prepared.

Compulsory chips for dogs

The amendment to the Veterinary Act effective from 1 January 2020, together with the EU Regulation on non-commercial movements of pet animals, tightens the obligation to chip every dog. Violation of this rule is punishable by a fine of up to CZK 20,000 and problems with the validity of vaccinations. In fact, unchipped dogs will not be recognised even if they have been properly vaccinated.

Are you solving a similar problem?

Dostupný advokát team of online lawyers will solve it for you.

Solutions Tailored for You

Our team of experienced attorneys will help you solve any legal issue. Within 24 hours we’ll evaluate your situation and suggest a step-by-step solution, including all costs. The price for this proposal is only CZK 690, and this is refunded to you when you order service from us.

Preset Prices
All services pre-priced for no surprises.
We Do Everything Online
Save time, money and the hassle of travel.
We Work Fast
90 % of issues get solved by the following day.
Experienced Team
We have specialists for every field of law.

Has this content helped you? Give it a rating

No rating yet. Be first to rate and help others.

Author of the article

JUDr. Ondřej Preuss, Ph.D.

Ondřej is the attorney who came up with the idea of providing legal services online. He's been earning his living through legal services for more than 10 years. He especially likes to help clients who may have given up hope in solving their legal issues at work, for example with real estate transfers or copyright licenses.

Education
  • Law, Ph.D, Pf UK in Prague
  • Law, L’université Nancy-II, Nancy
  • Law, Master’s degree (Mgr.), Pf UK in Prague
  • International Territorial Studies (Bc.), FSV UK in Prague

Reviews of the Dostupný advokát service

Recenze služby

Zuzana Marková, Prague

before 3 years

We had terms and conditions drafted for our gym, and now we are very glad that we did so. Clear relationship rules are the basis for lasting friendships, and never more so than in the business world!

Recenze služby

Filip Rufer, Prague

before 3 years

Dostupný advokát updated the terms of a contract for our web portal studentino.cz, to insure that they were in strict accordance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The entire process was done online and for reasonable price.

Recenze služby

Tomáš Hrdlička, Nové Strašecí

before 3 years

I felt very uncomfortable meeting an attorney in person. But Dostupný advokát managed to solve everything for me online. I bought a consultation because my employer had sent me for a long term business trip to an exotic country with no explanation, and I wanted to be sure what my rights in this situation were. (zobrazit více) The Skype consultation was very pleasant and the service was fast. I can fully recommend them.

View All Testimonials

You could also be interested in

About us in public media
Logo Česká advokátní komora Logo Advokátní kancelář roku 2023
Follow the news
Facebook Dostupný advokát Twitter / X Dostupný advokát