Littler Global Guide - Austria - Q3 2023

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Labor Market for Refugees from Ukraine

New Regulation or Official Guidance

Authors: Jakob Zoechling, Senior Associate, and Markus Loescher, Shareholder – Littler Austria

Since April 2023, Ukrainian citizens holding a refugee certificate can access the Austrian labor market. This means, they can be hired out through a labor leasing arrangement. In fact, a large number of Ukrainians find their first job in Austria via a labor leasing company. They are frequently employed in the tourism industry.

The Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) recently updated their website with necessary information, urging Ukrainians to register with the AMS, to receive assistance with finding a job. The information is available in English, German, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Simplified Access for Third-Country Nationals

New Regulation or Official Guidance

Authors: Armin Popp, Attorney-at-Law, and Markus Loescher, Shareholder – Littler Austria

In order to work in Austria as a third-country national, a Red-White-Red Card (or other type of residence document that allows employment) is generally required. In exceptional cases, the Labor Market Service can issue an employment permit if the position cannot be filled otherwise. Normally, the approval of the regional advisory board of the Labor Market Service is required for this. Since July, this approval can be waived if the employment of the foreign person is required for particularly important reasons.

Information contained in this publication is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney.