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Factsheet for measure LT-2020-12/377 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 16 March 2020 – 27 April 2020|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
|Author||Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Social Research Centre)|
|Measure added||08 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)|
According to the Law on Remuneration of Employees of State and Municipal Institutions and Remuneration for Work to Commission Members, employees of budgetary institutions may be granted bonuses for particularly important tasks – the amount of the bonus shall be equal to one fixed component of the official salary (€176 in 2020). In this connection, the Minister for Social Security and Labour issued a recommendation to mayors of municipalities to pay one-off bonuses to employees of social service institutions who, during quarantine, provide social services to elderly or disabled people, families at social risk and children at residential institutions. These bonuses would provide some support for workers who are in direct contact with social service recipients and are therefore at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.
The Minister for Social Security and Labour issued a recommendation to mayors of municipalities to pay one-off bonuses to employees of social service institutions who, during quarantine, provide social services to different groups of people. According to the Minister for Social Security and Labour and the Minister for Finance, expenditure for employees of social service institutions should be included in the costs of municipalities and their subordinate institutions/agencies, as incurred in relation to the state of emergency and quarantine declared by the Government, and subsequently reimbursed. Although the provision of social services and the remuneration of employees in this field fall within the area of municipal activities, reimbursement of the award of bonuses by the Government would prevent a negative effect on municipal budgets.
There are approximately 8.2 thousand employees working in state and municipal social service institutions in Lithuania. The bonuses are estimated to require about €4 million.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Only ad hoc consultations with social partners; tripartite meeting has not been held
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q87 Residential care activities|
|Q88 Social work activities without accommodation|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Personal care workers|
Eurofound (2020), Bonuses for employees working in social service institutions, measure LT-2020-12/377 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2020-12_377.html
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