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Factsheet for measure GR-2020-23/959 – Updated – 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|
|Measure added||10 July 2020 (updated 16 November 2021)|
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 2020 are automatically suspended.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|15 September 2020||
Art. 19 of Law 4722/15/09/2020 stipulates that businesses in the tourism, seasonal or non-operational, transport, food and beverage, and sports, severely affected as it is defined by the Ministry of Finance, based on their Activity Code Number, may suspend or extent already suspended contracts up to 31 October 2020. Employees under suspension are eligible to receive the exceptional state benefit of €534 corresponding to 30 days of suspension. The exceptional state benefit and the relative social security contributions are covered by the state.
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.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|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, measure GR-2020-23/959 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2020-23_959.html
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