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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-11/320 – Updated – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 14 March 2020 – 01 October 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)|
|Measure added||06 April 2020 (updated 20 April 2023)|
The Decree Law No. 10-A/2020 of 13 March, setting the first exceptional and temporary measures concerning COVID-19 pandemic, established in article 6, paragraph 1, an exceptional regime suspending overtime limits - defined by paragraphs 2 and 3 of article 120 of the General Law of Labor in Public Functions (approved in annex to Law No. 35/2014), in its current wording, as well as the limits provided for in the paragraphs 1 to 3 of article 228 of Labour Code (Law no. 7/2009), in its current wording.
This measure applies to all bodies, agencies and other entities of Ministry of Health, of security services, of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority, of the Hospital of Armed Forces (HFAR), of the Military Chemical and Pharmaceutical Laboratory (LMPQF), of the Institute of Social Action of the Armed Forces, I. P. (IASFA, I. P.), of the Directorate-General for Reintegration and Prison Services (DGRSP) and the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, I. P.(INMLCF, I. P.). Under this measure overtime limits set by legislation and collective agreements (concerning public sector employees) are suspended in activities essential to tackle the pandemic crisis, during the state of emergency.
Not evaluated yet.
Other groups of workers
Workers in essential services
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
No special funding required
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:
Social partners were only informed. They did not participate in the design of the measure or in its implementation, as it was the case for other measures under the state of emergency.
Employer and trade union confederations were informed at the tripartite Standing Committee for Social Concertation. The critical situation of the state of emergency and the lack of resources in the Health sector to tackle the pandemic crisis contributed to moderate any possible negative reactions.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|O - Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security||O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Exceptional regime suspending overtime limits , measure PT-2020-11/320 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-11_320.html
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