President of the Republic promulgates diploma on measures to support economic recovery

This Friday, the President of the Republic enacted a diploma that alters support for activity in companies in crisis situations and clarifies the exceptional and temporary regime of absences justified by assistance to the family.

Miguel Figueiredo Lopes / Presidency of the Republic handout via Lusa

In a note published on the online portal of the Presidency of the Republic, it is read that the head of state promulgated the Government's diploma "despite the failure of the economic and social partners to hear the concrete regime accepted, given the extreme urgency to enter into force".

The document changes the extraordinary support for the progressive resumption of activity in companies in a situation of business crisis, clarifying the exceptional and temporary regime of justified absences motivated by family assistance.

Companies in a crisis situation, a situation that arises from the Covid-19 pandemic, will be able, in December, to move to the support step immediately after the billing limit by which they would be covered by the extraordinary support related to the progressive resumption of activity .

“If new measures are introduced, the number of hours worked becomes lower. What we do here is to allow, in December, to move to a higher level ”, explained the Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, in statements after the meeting of the Council of Ministers this Friday.

As exemplified, “company that presented a 60% drop”, in view of the new restrictions, see the impact aggravated, moving on to the “next support”.

The absences caused by "urgent" assistance to children and dependents under 12 years of age or with a disability or chronic illness will thus be considered justified in the context of support for the resumption of activity, the Government decreed this Friday.

"Justified absences are considered as urgent assistance to a child or other dependent dependent under 12 years of age, or, regardless of age, with a disability or chronic illness, resulting from the suspension of academic and non-academic activities", details the executive.

On the other hand, alternatively, it is foreseen the possibility for the worker to “proceed with the booking of vacations in those days, without the need to agree with the employer, through written communication”.

Support for the resumption of activity took effect in August, replacing the simplified 'lay-off', and in October the measure was reformulated by the Government to cover a greater number of situations, namely companies with annual revenue breaks between 25% and 40%, in addition to companies with a break in sales above 75%, which are now able to reduce the hours of their workers to 100%.

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