Factsheet for case PT-2020-48/1722 – Updated – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 28 November 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
|Author||Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound|
|Case created||17 January 2021 (updated 20 July 2021)|
Given the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Decree-Law 101-A/2020 of 27 November 2020 makes the first amendment to Decree-Law 10-K/2020 of 26 March 2020 that establishes an exceptional and temporary regime to justified absences related to family care in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.
Article 2-A of Decree-Law 10-K/2020 is added as follows:
It is considered as justified the absences due to assistance to a child or other dependent under 12 years old or, regardless of age, with disability or chronic disease, as well as to a grandchild living with the worker in the same household and who is the child of a teenager aged up to 16 years old related to the suspension of teaching and non-teaching and formative activities, in the terms of n.º 1 and 4 of article 22 of Decree 9/2020 of 21 November (regulating the state of emergency between 30 November and 7 December).
The worker may also, in alternative, book holidays, with no need of agreement with the employer, to give assistance to a child.
Workers who used the measure between March and June 2020:
179,405 employees, of which 81.3% were female employees. Average number of days: 19; 18,879 independent workers, of which 77.1% were female independent workers. Average number of days: 20; *2,365 domestic workers, of which 99.5% were female domestic workers. Average number of days: 21.
Other groups of workers
Parents in employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
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:
The social partners were informed at the Standing Committee of Social Concertation.
Eurofound (2021), Exceptional and temporary regime of justified absences to family care, case PT-2020-48/1722 (measures in Portugal), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.