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Factsheet for measure RO-2020-23/923 – measures in Romania

Support to employers in keeping the workplaces

Masuri de suport pentru angajatori pentru mentinerea locurilor de munca

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 31 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania) and Eurofound
Measure added 05 July 2020 (updated 22 July 2020)

Background information

The state paid the so-called technical unemployment during the state of emergency to the employees working in sectors/companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis and whose labour contracts have been suspended. However, after the end of the state of emergency and the relaxation of restrictions, several businesses continue to face financial difficulties, which might result in increasing unemployment. In order to support the employers in maintaining the workplaces, and to prevent raising of unemployment, the state offers financial support to employers who have had suspended the labor contracts of their employees during the state of emergency or applied for technical unemployment.

Content of measure

Starting with 1 June 2020, the state will cover a percentage equal to 41.5% of the wage of those employees who previously have benefited from technical unemployment or whose labour contracts have been suspended during the state of emergency. The measure will be implemented for a period of three months. The share of wage paid by the state cannot exceed 41.5% of the national gross average wage. Employers that access this measure are obliged to maintain the working relation with the employees whose wages are co-paid by the state until 31 December 2020. The only exception from this provision are the seasonal workers, with temporary contracts.

Use of measure

The Government estimates that 750,000 employees could benefit of this measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The social partners have been consulted on the design of the measure. The social partners are not involved in implementing and monitoring the measure. Their involvement in designing the measure is required by institutional setting.

Views and reactions

No public positions expressed on the measure by social partners. As a rule, the absence of criticism means the social partners agree with the content of the measure.

Sources

  • 28 May 2020: Ordonanta de Urgenta nr. 92 din 28 mai 2020 pentru instituirea unor măsuri active de sprijin destinate angajaților și angajatorilor în contextul situației epidemiologice determinate de răspândirea coronavirusului SARS-CoV-2, precum și pentru modificarea unor acte normative (legislatie.just.ro)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Support to employers in keeping the workplaces, measure RO-2020-23/923 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/RO-2020-23_923.html

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