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Factsheet for measure LV-2022-10/2412 – measures in Latvia
|Country||Latvia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 04 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||24 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)|
On 3 March 2022, the Latvian Parliament Saeima adopted the Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Civilians. The purpose of the Law is to provide assistance to Ukrainian civilians who leave Ukraine or who cannot return to Ukraine due to the armed conflict caused by the Russian Federation. The assistance specified in the Law is provided during the course of the armed conflict. Since it was introduced, the Law has been amended several times.
Section 15 of the Law provides right of Ukrainian civilians to work in education and sports sector.
The law stipulates that Ukrainian citizens have the right to work as a teacher or sports trainer in Latvia, regardless of the requirements specified in regulatory enactments for the profession of a teacher, if they participate only in the education of minor Ukrainian children.
Citizens of Ukraine are also allowed to work as babysitters and to provide childcare services, notwithstanding the statutory requirements for childcare providers if these services are provided to Ukrainian children.
Later, on 7 April 2022, the government expanded the opportunities for Ukrainian refugees to work in Latvian educational institutions. It ruled that Ukrainian civilians who have worked in Ukraine as vocational and interest education teachers, as well as general education foreign language teachers, will have the opportunity to work in these professions in Latvia in cooperation with a teacher mentor.
No information up to date.
Migrants or refugees 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||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Both peak level social partner organisations, the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) and the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS) are actively involved in providing assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in different forms. Regarding Government’s actions, both organisations have expressed their support. As usual, regarding changes in legislation, social partners are at least informed, often consulted and agreed on outcome.
On April 21, a meeting of the National Tripartite Cooperation Council (NTSP) took place, where the government and its social partners - LBAS and LDDK discussed the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions imposed on Russia on the Latvian economy and the well-being of the Latvian population.
No specific views to report.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|P - Education||P85 Education|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
Eurofound (2022), Employment of Ukrainian civilians in education and sports, measure LV-2022-10/2412 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LV-2022-10_2412.html
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