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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-14/426 – measures in Portugal
|Portugal , applies nationwide
|Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 30 June 2020
|Legislations or other statutory regulations
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
|Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)
|09 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)
The organisations of the social and solidarity sector have traditionally been key partners of the state in the provision of services of general interest to the populations and in the satisfaction of collective needs. These organisations are particularly exposed to the effects of the pandemic, which generates unbearable situations of overload.
Therefore, the Order 82-C/2020 of 28 March 2020 provides for a temporary and exceptional measure to support the emergency reinforcement of health and social care facilities, in order to ensure the capacity of response of the public and solidaristic institutions operating in the health and social area, during the pandemic of COVID-19.
This Order creates a support measure regarding the emergency reinforcement of health and social care facilities, in order to ensure the capacity of response of the public and solidary institutions operating in the health and social area, during the pandemic of COVID-19. It also introduces an extraordinary regime increasing the monthly grant of «Contrato emprego-inserção» (CEI) and «Contrato emprego-inserção+» (CEI+) in projects developed in these institutions, with the duration of three months.
The recipients of the measure may be persons who are not aged over 60 and do not deserve specific protection belonging to the following groups:
The promoters ensure food, transportation (or transportation allowance), accidents at work insurance and personal protective equipment to the recipients. They also ensure payment of a grant, co-funded in 90% by the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional, I.P. - IEFP, I.P.).
The unemployed receiving unemployment benefit are entitled to a complementary monthly grant equal to the social support index (Indexante de Apoios Sociais - IAS) (€438,81 in 2020). The other recipients are entitled to a monthly grant equal to 1.5 times the IAS. The increase in the monthly grant of «Contrato emprego-inserção» (CEI) and «Contrato emprego-inserção+» (CEI+) is equal to 0.8 times the IAS for the unemployed receiving unemployment benefit and to 0.5 times the IAS for the remaining participants. This increase is fully paid by IEFP, I.P.
Other groups of workers
Sector specific set of companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Public employment service
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
These measures are subject to regular assessment by the Standing Committee for Social Concertation (Comissão Permanente da Concertação Social).
|Sector (NACE level 2)
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities
|Q86 Human health activities
|Q87 Residential care activities
|Q88 Social work activities without accommodation
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Temporary and exceptional support to the emergency reinforcement of public and solidary health and social care services, measure PT-2020-14/426 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-14_426.html
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