On 21 May 2015, the Slovak Parliament adopted a new Civil Dispute Act. The Act will have impacts on proceedings concerning alleged violations of the principle of equal treatment. The Act will come into effect on 1 July 2016.
On 30 June 2015, the Slovak Parliament adopted an amendment to the Schools Act that contains various provisions allegedly aimed at de-segregation of Roma children in education. However, the content of the provisions adopted and the collisions with other provisions that still exist in the Slovak legal order generate confusions and show no real potential for de-segregation of Roma children.
On 24 March 2015, the Slovak ombudswoman presented her annual report to the Parliament, touching upon some aspects of discrimination of Roma children in education, and upon barriers the elderly face when wanting to access social services. The ombudswoman also reiterated her concerns connected to the underfunding of the ombudsperson’s office.
The Government of the Slovak Republic approved the Analytical Report on the Functioning and Status of the Slovak National Centre for Human Rights in the Context of Institutional Protection of Human Rights in the Slovak Republic.
An amendment to the Labour Code, effective as of 1 April 2011, extended the scope of the protected grounds to include sexual orientation and thus to get the list of protected grounds into compliance with the Anti-Discrimination Act. The amendment also included “genetic features” as a new protected ground, not covered by any piece of the Slovak legislation yet.