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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-31/1282 – Updated – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 August 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS)|
|Measure added||15 October 2020 (updated 10 May 2021)|
Under the scope of the Economic and Social Stabilisation Programme approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 41/2020 of 6 of June, the Decree-Law 46-A/2020 of 30 July creates extraordinary support for the progressive recovery of companies in a situation of business crisis, for the temporary reduction of the normal working time, with a view to maintaining employment. This extraordinary support applies to employers of a private nature, including those in the social sector, who have been affected by the COVID-19 disease pandemic and who are, as a result, in a business crisis situation.
The employers who benefit from extraordinary support for the progressive recovery of companies in a situation of business crisis with temporary reduction of the normal working time are entitled to exemption or partial remission of the payment of social security contributions due for the workers involved. (Decree-Law 46-A/2020, article 9) This exemption or partial remission of the payment of social security contributions due by the employer is granted in the following terms:
Employees in standard employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
The trade union confederations CGTP and UGT and the four employer confederations CIP, CAP, CCP and CTP represented at the tripartite Standing Committee for Social Concertation have been consulted. Also the measures provided for in this decree-law will be subject to regular assessment by the Standing Committee for Social Concertation (article 18).
Eurofound (2020), Exemption and partial remission of social security contributions for companies with temporary reduction of the normal period of working time, measure PT-2020-31/1282 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-31_1282.html
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