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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-20/1212 Updated – measures in Poland

Anti-crisis shield: Additional support for companies and NGOs employing people with disabilities

Dodatkowe wsparcie dla firm i organizacji pozarządowych zatrudniających osoby niepełnosprawne

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 16 May 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 Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound
Measure added 01 October 2020 (updated 14 September 2021)

Background information

In May 2020, as a part of the new wave of preventive measures, the government proposed other legislative measures (the so-called “Anti-crisis Shield 3.0") intended to counter-act the direct economic effects of the public health crisis. The most important changes include a capital injection from the Industrial Development Agency, increased protection of borrowers, the expansion of the group of self-employed persons eligible for exemptions from social insurance contributions, and special solutions for local governments and the tourism industry. (Ustawa z dnia 14 maja 2020 r. o zmianie niektórych ustaw w zakresie działań osłonowych w związku z rozprzestrzenianiem się wirusa SARS-CoV-2).

Content of measure

The Anti-Crisis Shield 3.0 introduces the possibility of obtaining an additional subsidies for wages for employees with disabilities, even when an employer already benefits from a subsidy to wages under the provisions of the Act on vocational and social rehabilitation and employment of disabled people. According to the new act, employers may also benefit from wage subsidies under the "anti-crisis shield" in the part where the remuneration of employees with disabilities is not financed from public funds, e.g. funds from PFRON.

The support is to be used by employers who are micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as NGOs.

The co-financing is provided by the local authority (Starosta) on the basis of a contract concluded with the company. Subsidies can be granted for a period not longer than:

  • 6 months (micro- and small entrepreneurs);
  • 3 months (medium-sized enterprises).

The co-financing amounts to:

  • 50% of the minimum wage per month in the event of decrease of the entrepreneur’s turnover by at least 30%;
  • 70% of the minimum wage per month in the event of decrease of the entrepreneur’s turnover by at least 50%;
  • 90% of the minimum wage per month in the event of decrease of the entrepreneur’s turnover by at least 80%.

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

25 August 2021

The measure is still in place.

Use of measure

No information to date (October 2020).

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

Social partners not involved.

Views and reactions

No positions of social partners are known.

Sources

  • 15 May 2020: The Act of 14 May 2020 amending certain legislative acts regarding protection measures in connection with the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 viru (isap.sejm.gov.pl)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Anti-crisis shield: Additional support for companies and NGOs employing people with disabilities, measure PL-2020-20/1212 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2020-20_1212.html

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