Factsheet for case AT-2020-27/953 – measures in Austria
|Country||Austria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 July 2020 – 30 September 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Case created||09 July 2020 (updated 04 October 2020)|
Austria has experienced record numbers in unemployment as a consequence of the Corona crisis. In their two-day coalition government meeting on 15 and 16 June, the federal government (consisting of the conservative People's Party ÖVP and the Green Party) announced several measures targeted towards boosting the economy, among them one-off payments for unemployed persons and for parents, both in September. The latter are to be supported at the start of the new school year.
Unemployed persons will receive a one-off payment of €450 in autumn. The condition is that they have received unemployment benefit or emergency unemployment assistance for at least 60 days between May and August. Furthermore, a one-off payment of €360 for each child for whom family allowance is drawn, is paid (i.e. this applies generally to all children up to the year in which they turn 19 years and beyond up to 24 years if they are enrolled in education/training, and to 25 in special cases). Both payments will be made automatically (i.e. no application needed) in September.
The measure applies to all persons having been at least 60 days unemployed between May and August 2020 and to all children for whom family allowance is drawn.
According to the public employment service (AMS) data, only about half (i.e. 370,000) of the estimated 740,000 unemployed and training participants who received unemployment benefit or emergency unemployment assistance between April and August, received the one-off payment of €450. The rest was not eligible as they were either unemployed for less than 60 days, or their unemployment was (partially) before the calculation period between May and August or they were first on short-time work and became unemployed only later, also not meeting the criteria.
||Does not apply to businesses||
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This is a unilateral government measure, the social partners were informed but not consulted.
Organised labour strongly opposed the one-off payment for unemployed persons, as they had opted for an increase of the unemployment benefit from currently 55% to 70%.
Eurofound (2020), Lump-sum payments for unemployed and children, case AT-2020-27/953 (measures in Austria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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