Littler Global Guide - Hungary - Q2 2022

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Qualified Staffing Agencies

New Legislation Enacted

Author: Zoltan Csernus, Attorney-at-Law – VJT & Partners Law Firm

The new amendment of the Labor Act introduced the category of qualified staffing agencies. These service providers are regulated by a government's decree and are entitled to place foreign employees as temporary staff in Hungarian companies. An existing staffing agency may apply to be licensed as qualified staffing agency by the competent authority. The applicant has to comply with several conditions, among them at least 500 employees in average for the previous business year, a bank deposit of HUF 50,000,000 (approximately USD 12,722) dedicated to the payment of any potential tax fine, and a status of taxpayer without tax debts certified by the tax authority.

Support for Refugee Employees with Ukrainian Citizenship

New Order or Decree

Author: Zoltan Csernus, Attorney-at-Law – VJT & Partners Law Firm

The government's new decree increased the financial support for employers employing Ukrainian citizens who arrived in Hungary on or after February 24 as refugees. The financial support is for employees who work for at least 20 hours per week and the support is granted for a maximum of 12 months, which period can be prolonged for another 12 months, but only for the period of the employment. The support must be spent on housing and transportation for these employees (specific criteria apply). This decree also included a support program for employers who employ Ukrainian citizens at least 90 days in the time period of 365 days before they apply for state support in line with this decree. The state support for these Ukrainian employees, who were already employed in Hungary before February 24, 2022, is 50% less than for those who came after February 24, 2022.

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