All the employers who during this period have applied the measure of temporary suspension of the individual employment contracts, considering the effects of the new coronavirus epidemic, qualify for furlough aid, which will be applied throughout the state of emergency, announced on Friday, Ionel Danca the head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery.
“In the new form proposed by the emergency ordinance adopted, all employers who during this period applied the measure of temporary suspension of the individual employment contracts, as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, qualify for this facility (ed.n. furlough), whether or not we are talking about SMEs, large companies or other forms of employment, non-governmental structures or authorized individuals, individual companies, which have employees with individual employment contracts. This is an clarification that practically extends this aid granted by the Romanian Government to all companies and all employees with individual employment contracts, who are affected during this period by the negative effects of the coronavirus epidemic,” said Ionel Danca, at the Victoria Palace.
The head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery also explained for what period this aid is granted.
“The period for which this facility will apply is the period of the state of emergency, respectively from the entry into force of the decree on the state of emergency, March 16, until the end of this period, with the possibility of extension depending on events, the evolution of the situation in the country and if the state of emergency is prolonged,” explained Danca, according to Agerpres.
LabMin Alexandru: 400.000 labour agreements suspended so far
As many as 400,000 individual labour agreements are suspended so far, on Friday said the Labour and Social Protection minister Violeta Alexandru, for the private Digi 24 TV broadcaster.
She added that most of the employees with the labour agreements suspended will probably find themselves on the lists their employers are to submit to the County Employment Agencies to get the furlough for the employees.
The minister presented Friday the simplified procedure to accessing by the employers the furlough funds put at their disposal. So, the payment will be carried out in maximum 15 days from the date the employer submits the documents to the county employment agencies, Violeta Alexandru said. She stressed that a first step to be completed by each employer is to prepare the documents so that at the beginning of April, for the period from 16 to 31 March, the documents be ready to be presented to the agencies for the payments to be done.
The minister added that the employers do not have to advance any payment from their own coffers for furlough, stressing that the declarations lodged by the employers will not be verified momentarily by the authorities