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Lázár: Government consults market players on minimum staff legislation

Retail

The Hungarian government is carrying out consultations with business insiders on a plan to introduce minimum staff requirements at supermarkets over 400 sqm in size, Cabinet Chief János Lázár said at an event on Friday organized by business association VOSZ, Hungarian news agency MTI reported this morning.

Lázár ensured that a decision on the matter will be made with the involvement of business representatives, MTI reported. The cabinet chief reportedly added that it is the governmentʼs practice to consult with industry insiders on issues that impact them.

In the beginning of November, it was reported that the government was planning to put forward legislation that would set a minimum staff requirement for stores over 400 sqm, making at least one staff member available to shoppers for every 70 sqm of space during business hours.

Later it was reported that the legislation would apply only to supermarkets and other stores that sell fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). In the beginning of December, government-friendly Magyar Idők reported that supermarkets running full-service meat or dairy counters are expected to be exempt from the planned minimum staff requirement.

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