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Factsheet for measure SI-2021-28/1944 – measures in Slovenia
|Country||Slovenia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 07 July 2021 – 20 October 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Maja Breznik (University of Ljubljana) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||11 July 2021 (updated 14 July 2021)|
On 7 July 2021, the Parliament adopted the ninth COVID-19 law (ZIUPGT). It aims to support the economy affected by the pandemic due to confinement measures that prevented companies from operating their economic activity or a specific and severable part of their activity. It has retroactive effects given that companies are able to request support from 1 July 2021 onwards. The measure will support specific sectors by subsidising the pay for annual leave in the amount of €1,024 per worker. According to the Employment Relationships Act (ZDR-1), it is the minimum that employers must pay to workers who are entitled to annual leave.
The measure helps companies from sectors most hit by confinement measures during the pandemic. The state will finance the minimum pay for annual leave in 2021, €1,024 per worker (the equivalent to the monthly minimum wage). The following sectors are eligible:
Furthermore, companies must meet the following conditions:
The employer is obliged to pay the annual leave in the statutory due period. Requests must be made to the Financial Administration between 1 and 30 September 2021.
The estimated amount for subsidies is €23 million. The Financial Administration will pay subsidies on 20 October 2021. If a company a posteriori realizes that sales revenues have exceeded the threshold, the company must report it to the Financial Administration and return state support.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The ninth COVID-19 law was adopted without the Economic and Social Council (ESS) involvement. Trade unions left ESS on 14 May 2021, accusing the government of breaching the rules on tripartite social dialogue and sending laws to the parliament without prior negotiations in ESS. Apart from procedural breaches, tax reform was one of the content-related issues which drove trade unions into conflict with the government. They oppose the introduction of the social security cap and other ‘tax gifts’ on the ground that tax cuts would generate a hole in tax revenues and jeopardize social services. They announced the escalation of social conflicts in the following months.
Employer organizations proposed a one-time grant for all companies, partially or fully prevented from operating their economic activities due to confinement measures. Their proposal was not accepted. Not accepted were also their proposals to extent temporary layoff scheme (see [Eurofound website, Case SI-2020-11/436] (https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2020-11_436.html)) and a €50 reimbursement of the minimum wage increase (see [Eurofound website, Case SI-2021-1/1781] (https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2021-1_1781.html) until 31 December 2021.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation||R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities|
|R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities|
|R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), State subsidies for annual leave, measure SI-2021-28/1944 (measures in Slovenia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SI-2021-28_1944.html
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