To whom the issue may concern,
I have recently been in contact with my employer as I will soon be returning from paternity leave. I requested to have adjusted hours as a working parent to pick my child up from school by 17.00 three days a week.
My employer sent the Czech Labor code Chapter 4 division 3 section 241, stating that this law is only for one parent caring for a child. My understanding was that it could be for both under the circumstances that my wife works full time.
My wife cannot collect our child from school everyday of the week, so I thought we could split the responsibility. But, my company does not agree.
Could you please verify if the law is for single working parents?
Also, do I have a strong enough case to present to my employer to receive adjusted hours?
I agree with your statement, that section 241 division 2 Czech Labour Code is concerning all parents and not only single working parents. If it had applied only to single parents, it would be said explicitly, as for ex. in section 240 division 2.
On my opinion, your employer is obliged to comply with your request, unless this is prevented by serious operational reasons.
Unfortunately, I have not found any suitable case concerning the same situation.
Nevertheless, you can contact State Labour Inspection Office (www.suip.cz).
The State Labor Inspection Office and regional inspectorates are authorized to inspect whether employers are observing all obligations arising out of the applicable legal regulations and to impose sanctions. However, only court is having jurisdiction to adjudge individual entitlements of employees towards the employer.
With best regards.
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