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Factsheet for measure LV-2020-11/595 – Updated – measures in Latvia
|Country||Latvia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 14 March 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
|Author||Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||14 April 2020 (updated 16 November 2021)|
On 9 March 2020, the government adopted amendments to Cabinet Regulations No. 165, introducing an additional children-related bonus for employees receiving allowance for idle time. Allowance for idle time in general is described in Section 14 of the law 'On Measures for the Prevention and Suppression of Threat to the State and Its Consequences Due to the Spread of COVID-19' (adopted on 20 March 2020, valid from 22 March 2020).
The conditions of eligibility for the allowance are set by the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 165, 'Regulations Regarding the Employers Affected by the Crisis Caused by COVID-19 which are Eligible for the Allowance for Idle Time and Division of the Payment for Late Tax Payments in Installments or Deferral Thereof for up to Three Years'.
An employee who receives the allowance for idle time is granted also with an additional bonus of the amount of €50 for each dependent child in age 24 years old if, at the moment of awarding the allowance for idle time, the personal income tax relief for the child is applied to the employee. The additional payment is made by the State Social Security agency for the period in which the employee is entitled to the idle time allowance.
The State Social Security agency is informed about the persons receiving the allowance for the idle time from the State Revenue Service. The additional payment is transferred to the employee's bank account to which the idle time allowance is transferred.
In addition, entitlements to the parental benefit expiring during the state of emergency are extended for the duration of the state of emergency (capped at €700) for persons who are not able to return to work and gain income due to the emergency circumstances.
During the first wave of the pandemic (April 2020 to July 2020) the support has been paid 27,967 times (to 6,989 persons per month on average) in the total amount of €1.58 million.
During the second wave of the pandemic (December 2020 to July 2021) the support has been paid 56,226 times (to 6,247 persons per month on average) in the total amount of €4.06 million.
Employees in standard employment
Parents in employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
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:
Top level social partner organisations – the Latvian Employers’ confederation and the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia – on 17 March 2020 has published 'Statement on support for government action to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact of the crisis on Latvian companies and workers'. The social partners emphasized the need for cooperation of government, businesses, workers and citizens to ensure that everything we do helps to address this crisis.
As far as we know, social partners participate in discussions on measures for the prevention and suppression of the spread of COVID-19 and on crisis impact on economy. However, specific opinions of social partners are not published.
Eurofound (2020), Additional child-bonus for employees entitled to the allowance for idle time, measure LV-2020-11/595 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LV-2020-11_595.html
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