Factsheet for case CY-2020-12/296 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 16 March 2020 – 30 April 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Case created||06 April 2020 (updated 08 May 2020)|
The measure is implemented within the bundle support programme of the Republic of Cyprus of budgetary nature dealing with Covid-19 crisis and under the sub-category 'support of workers and vulnerable groups' - Degree 127 of the Quarantine Law, chapter 260. The special leave will be implemented for four weeks* excluding public holidays, at this stage, because of the suspension of the operation of private and public schools and child care facilities. The measure provides for financial allowances to the beneficiary parents.
The measure covers parents in the private sector, whose nature of work does not allow teleworking or work from home or flexible working schedules and there is no other support at the household. The leave is attributed to the eligible parents with children up to 15 years of age in agreement with the employer and after the submission of the relevant application to the Ministry of Labour. For parents with disable children, the leave is granted irrespective of the age of their children. The measure covers only one of the parents within a household. It excludes parents receiving unemployment allowances or participate in the government's programme for the suspension of work, unless the other partner has been affected by the virus or is a person with a disability or is in compulsory isolation.
It covers parents with a salary up to €2,500. The eligible parent receives as an allowance the 60% of the first €1,000 euros of his/her salary and a 40% of the other €1,000. The maximum amount of the allowance is €1000 per month. For single parents, the analogy is 70% and 50%, respectively, and the maximum amount of the allowance is €1,200.
The budget available for this measure is €20 million and the number of potential beneficaries is 50,000 persons.
Employees in standard employment
Parents in employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The government has consulted the social partners - trade unions, employers' organizations and all political parties - and the outcome emerged is on an agreed base.
Eurofound (2020), Special paid leave for the caring of children, case CY-2020-12/296 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.