Simplified lay-off could be adapted to the current phase of resumption of activity, defends Minister of Labor

The Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security defended that it is also important to adapt the country to a reopening of activity.

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The Minister of Labor said today that the Government is designing a new instrument to support companies, signaling that the simplified 'lay-off' could evolve into a model adapted to the current phase of the resumption of activity.

“This moment would say that it is a moment of transition, in which it is necessary to adapt - and it is in this sense that we are working on - the measure that was the simplified 'lay-off' to a simplified post-lay-off measure. , in the sense of also adapting it to a reopening of the activity ”, said the Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security in an online conference promoted by the Order of Certified Accountants (OCC).

"We are currently designing this instrument" in the logic of "having a measure that adapts to a different reality that we are experiencing" and everything will be done in broad dialogue and listening to the contributions of partners, said the minister.

At this moment, "we no longer have companies completely stopped [like the one] in which we created a mechanism (...) in order to 100% support a situation of suspension", said the minister, adding that the time now is to think about how to pass " for this logic of reopening recognizing that the activity [of the companies] is not yet normalized ”.

"It is in this phase that we are", he pointed out.

In her speech at the conference “The economic recovery: institutional points of view” (integrated in the OCC's “Live with Pandemic” online conference cycles), the minister stated, in response to another question, that the 'lay-off' 'Simplified is paid to companies and not to workers because it is an instrument clearly conceived and created to support the maintenance of jobs, providing liquidity to companies.

According to the governor, about 60% of the workers who resorted to the simplified lay-off had their employment contract suspended or reduced hours.

Before, Ana Mendes Godinho had underlined the “brutal effort” that the pandemic situation demanded of all, namely the Social Security services, noting that the exceptional and temporary measures that this crisis forced to put in motion made Social Security pay in one month, extraordinary support to 1.233 thousand people and a universe of 130 thousand companies, worth 446 million euros.

"If we think that Social Security in its monthly activity responds to 4,5 million benefits, we realize how in a month we have an unexpected universe", he said.

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330 deaths and infected more than 5,1 million people in 196 countries and territories.

More than 1,9 million patients were considered cured.

In Portugal, 1.289 people died of the 30.200 confirmed as infected, and there are 7.590 recovered cases, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

Portugal entered on May 03 in a calamity situation due to the pandemic, after three consecutive periods in a state of emergency since March 19.

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