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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-13/335 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 27 March 2020 – 30 June 2020|
|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||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 April 2020 (updated 17 November 2021)|
|Related ERM support instrument|
This exceptional and temporary measure, set by Decree-Law 10-G/2020 of 26 March, simplifies the implementation and sets new conditions to the temporary measure provided for in the Ordinance 71-A/2020 of 15 March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, which introduced exceptional changes to the regime defined by Labour Code (Law 7/2009) on training during the period of temporary reduction of the normal working time or suspension of the employment contract in a situation of business crisis.
The measure aims at supporting vocational training during the period of reduction or suspension. This measure adds the following main provisions: the support to the extraordinary training plan is cumulative to the extraordinary support to the maintenance of the employment contract; the support to the extraordinary training plan has no defined duration (formerly one month duration); and revises the terms to set the amount of the training grant.
Article 7 of Decree law 10-G/2020 sets that companies in crisis situation as a result of:
Have access to support to an extraordinary training plan. This is cumulative to the extraordinary support to the maintenance of the employment contract.
The training plan is approved by the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I. P., IEFP, I. P.) and is supplemented by a training grant. As provided for in paragraph 5, article 305 of the Labour Code, this training grant is equal to 30% of the social support index (€438.81 in 2020 x 30% = €131.6), paid in equal parts to the employer and to the worker.
The training plan is organized by IEFP, I.P. and implemented in articulation with the company. Whenever possible, this may be developed as distance training. The duration of the training should not be longer than 50% of the normal working time.
According to the report by Mamede and Silva (coord. 2021, O Estado da Nação e as Políticas Públicas 2021 - Governar em Estado de Emergência), the simplifed layoff protected employment in the short-term but did not take advantage of the opportunity for training. Between March and July 2020, 1.25% of the workers covered by lay-off were included in training plans, corresponding to 342 (0.3%) of the 113,000 businesses that made use of the lay-off measure.
Employees in standard employment
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were consulted at the tripartite social dialogue - Standing Committee for Social Concertation (Comissão Permanente de Concertação Social – CPCS).
The social partners were consulted at the Standing Committee for Social Concertation. Their views are not known.
Eurofound (2020), Extraordinary training plan - Exceptional and temporary measure to protect jobs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, measure PT-2020-13/335 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-13_335.html
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