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Factsheet for measure SK-2020-44/1608 – Updated – measures in Slovakia
|Country||Slovakia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 30 October 2020 – 30 June 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Daniela Keselova (IVPR) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||17 December 2020 (updated 21 July 2021)|
The measure follows the previous SOS subsidy for persons without any other income which ended on 31 August 2020. The legislative background of this updated measure has been set in the new Government Regulation No. 301/2020 Coll. which amends the former Regulation No. 103/2020 Coll. The new Regulation changes some rules for SOS subsidy.
Persons who used to have an income from work, self-employment, business, or a personal assistance before the crisis situation and stayed without any income during the pandemic are eligible. The person cannot receive any other benefits and allowances, such as retirement pension or invalidity pension higher than €300, unemployment benefit, parental allowance, material need help or sickness benefit.
Compared to the previous SOS subsidy see case SK-2020-18/886 , this updated one in the First Aid Plus programme is higher by €90.
A person without any income receives maximum of €300 monthly. Maximum financial limit paid to one person in the whole year 2020 is €1,800. The subsidy paid from March 2020 to August 2020 is included in this limit.
The applications for this subsidy have been accepted since October 2020. The persons have to be registered as jobseekers. Compared to the previous measure, they apply for the subsidy at the Offices for Labour, Social Affairs and Family, not directly at the Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs and Family. The subsidy is paid during the crisis situation and immediately after the crisis situation ends.
Total amount paid for SOS subsidy has been €27 million by 26 March 2021.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were not involved in preparation of the measure via usual tripartite consultations and neither in the cross-sector commenting procedure as the measure refers to individual citizens (workers, self-employed, unemployed) who stayed without any income during the crisis situation.
There are no views or reactions of social partners available.
Eurofound (2020), SOS subsidy for people without any other income - Measure 5 - First Aid Plus, measure SK-2020-44/1608 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SK-2020-44_1608.html
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