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Factsheet for measure LT-2020-12/313 – measures in Lithuania

Vocational training for workers who have been suspended due to quarantine regime

Profesinis mokymas darbuotojams, kurių funkcija tapo perteklinė dėl karantino

Country Lithuania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 17 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre) and Eurofound
Measure added 06 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)

Background information

On 7 April 2020 the Law amending Articles 5-1, 13, 24, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 49 and 50 of Law on Employment of the Republic of Lithuania (No. XII-2470) came into force, providing that vocational training may be organised when an employee performs a work function which becomes excessive for the employer, consequently to the declaration of a state of national emergency by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. After completing the training, the employee is employed by the same employer under the terms and conditions stipulated in the trilateral agreement

Content of measure

If, as a result of an emergency or quarantine, the employer warns an employee of a possible dismissal because his/her function has become redundant, vocational training may be provided for such employee with a view to retraining him/her. During the vocational training, the Employment Service provides financing for the training, pays training scholarships, and reimburses costs for transport and accommodation. At the choice of the unemployed he/she may be paid a training scholarship which is 47% of the minimum monthly wage approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (€607 in 2020) or an unemployment social insurance benefit the amount of which is calculated and the payment term is determined in accordance with the Law on Unemployment Social Insurance of the Republic of Lithuania.

In addition, an amendment to the Lithuanian Employment Law provided support for unemployed prevented to attend to vocational training by the COVID-19 pandemic. More in detail, according to the new bill, when a state of emergency or quarantine is declared and vocational schools are closed, unemployed people registered with the VET program still receive a scholarship of €236 (39% of the minimum monthly wage), even though the education process itself is temporarily inaccessible or is carried out remotely.

Use of measure

No information yet available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Company / Companies
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

N/A

Views and reactions

Social partners consulted only ad hoc, the tripartite meeting was not held.

Sources

  • 07 April 2020: Law amending Articles 5-1, 13, 24, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 49 and 50 of Law on Employment of the Republic of Lithuania (LR užimtumo įstatymo Nr. XII-2470 5-1, 13, 24, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 49 ir 50 straipsnių pakeitimo įstatymas) (e-seimas.lrs.lt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Vocational training for workers who have been suspended due to quarantine regime, measure LT-2020-12/313 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2020-12_313.html

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