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Labour law related changes in 2019

Mandatory and guaranteed minimum wage – Childcare benefits – Sick pay – Pension
Government Decree No 324/2018. (XII. 30.) determines the amount of the mandatory minimum wage. The mandatory minimum wage for full-time employees increased with 8% as of 1st January 2019, from 138,000 to gross 149,000 HUF. The guaranteed minimum wage paid to skilled workers rose by 8% as well in the case of completion of full time working as of 1st January 2019, from 180,500 to 195,000 HUF.

Due to the increasing minimum wage the amount of the childcare benefits (GYED), the benefits for university students and graduates grew as well as the sick pay as of 1st January 2019. The eligible families are entitled to a maximum of 208,600 HUF in childcare benefits. Students enrolled in a bachelor’s program will be eligible for 104,300 HUF support and students enrolled in a master’s program for 136,500 HUF. The daily maximum of sick pay increased from 9180 HUF to 9933 HUF.

The amount of pensions amended favorably. The pensions (including among others retirement pension, widows’ pension, orphans’ allowance etc.) increased with 2,7% with the effective date of 1st January 2019. The amount of minimum pension remained unchanged (28,500 HUF).