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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-11/395 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 14 March 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)|
|Measure added||08 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)|
The Decree-Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March establishes exceptional and temporary measures regarding the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus - COVID 19.
The suspension of teaching and non-teaching and of formative activities with the presence of students, both in schools and in other social care organisations, in force since 16 March 2020, is one of the extraordinary and urgent measures implemented.
Workers in essential services are provided with a specific measure that ensures care for their children or other dependent household members.
This measure covers workers of essential services, following the suspension of teaching and non-teaching and of formative activities with the presence of students, both in schools and in other social care organisations.
A teaching facility is identified in each school group to provide for the care of children and other dependents of i) health, security forces and services, including volunteer firefighters, and armed forces professionals, ii) workers of essential public services, of essential infrastructure management and maintenance, and iii) other essential services, whose mobilisation for service or operational readiness prevents them to take care for their children or other dependents.
The workers identified above are mobilised by the employer or by public authority.
Workers in essential services
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2020), Care for children or other dependants of workers of essential services, measure PT-2020-11/395 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-11_395.html
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