Factsheet for case GR-2020-23/959 – measures in Greece
|Country||Greece , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 30 September 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g. short-time work)
|Author||Elena Kousta (INE GSEE) and Eurofound|
|Case created||10 July 2020 (updated 01 December 2020)|
By virtue of Law 4690/2020 (art. 32, OIK. 23102/477/12.06.2020) seasonal employees are entitled to support measures from 1 June 2020 to 30 September 2020. The beneficiaries are main and non-main touristic seasonal accommodations and hotels which re-hired seasonal employees, and businesses which re-hired drivers of touristic buses, who were employed in 2019, as well as, businesses in the above categories which are not yet operating.
According to this measure the beneficiary employers may suspend the employment contracts of part or all of the relevant seasonal employees for the period from 01 June 2020 to 30 September 2020. In this case, the employees are entitled to receive the exceptional state benefit of €534 till September 2020. To receive such benefit the employer shall submit a declaration to the ERGANI platform, while the employees shall submit their declaration to the specific platform set up by the Greek Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs . The exact details of both declarations are thoroughly listed in the Ministerial Decision and the exact deadline for submissions as well.
In case the above mentioned businesses reach certain rates of occupancy, they are obliged to revoke permanently the suspension of their employees' contracts, who may then join the special support mechanism named ''SYNERGASIA'' (applicable only for the employees whose employment contracts are not suspended or their suspension is revoked). These employers are not allowed to terminate the employees' work agreements for the period from 01 June 2020 to 30 September 2020 and, if so, such termination shall be considered null and void. Moreover, the employment contracts of the employees of businesses which will not yet operate in summer 20202 are automatically suspended.
No information yet available.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
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:
No available answer.
No information yet available.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
|I56 Food and beverage service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Support measures regarding seasonal employees , case GR-2020-23/959 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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