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Factsheet for measure CZ-2020-12/357 – Updated – measures in Czechia
|Country||Czechia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 19 March 2020 – 30 June 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Renata Kyzlinková (RILSA)|
|Measure added||07 April 2020 (updated 09 October 2020)|
The government action that closed school institutions at all levels subsequently required also the amendment of the definition of care allowance in the Act No. 187/2006 Coll., on Sickness Insurance. In an extraordinary bill the government has decided to modify the period of validity for payment of the care allowance to support the parents of young schoolchildren who are home schooling their children. Parents are entitled to care allowance as long as the ban on school attendance remains in force.
The current phrasing of the Act No.187/2006 Coll., on Sickness Insurance provides care allowance for a period of nine calendar days to parents of children under the age of 10 who cannot be put in the care of a school / child-care facility; for single parents the care allowance is for a period of 16 calendar days. Due to COVID-19 the Czech government decided to raise the age limit for these children from 10 to 13 years of age and parents will be entitled to care allowance as long as the ban on school attendance remains. Those taking care of the disabled members of the family at home following the closure of day care centres are also to be entitled to the care allowance.
Also the self-employed are entitled to apply for the money. The government has approved a financial contribution for the self-employed who are currently at home to ensure childcare. The state will pay CZK 424 (€15.41) per day, i.e. just under CZK 14,000 (€510) per month, to all self-employed persons taking care of children aged 6 to 13, on condition that a second member of the family no longer receives the care allowance.
Applications are collected online.
Statistics of applications for care allowance - total
Statistics of applications for care allowance due to school closure
* 12 March to 12 July: 307,014 * 1 July to 12 July: 6,068 * 1 June to 30 June: 48,331 * 1 May to 31 May: 80,789 * 1 April to 30 April: 158,689 * 12 March to 31 March: 13,137
The payment of care allowance benefits for self-employed is the responsibility of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic . As of 22 June 2020 the MPO received 129,000 applications and approved 115,000 of them (8,000 applications were rejected and 6,000 were sent back for reprocessing). Paid out: as of 22 June 2020 CZK 1.2 billion.
Employees in standard employment
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
|Does not apply to businesses||
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2020), Care allowance during emergency period for homeschooling 6 to 13 year-old children, measure CZ-2020-12/357 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CZ-2020-12_357.html
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