Emergency Ordinance (OUG) no. 211/2020 extends until June 30, 2021 the measures to support employees and professionals

Publication in the Official Gazette no. 1,189 of December 7, 2020, of the Emergency Ordinance no. 211 of December 4, 2020 on the extension of the application of social protection measures adopted in the context of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as for the amendment of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 132/2020 on support measures for employees and employers in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as to stimulate employment growth, extends until June 30, 2021, the application of measures provided in art. XI and XV of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 30/2020 for amending and supplementing some normative acts, as well as for establishing measures in the field of social protection in the context of the epidemiological situation determined by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, approved with amendments and completions by Law no. 59/2020, with subsequent completions, for all fields of activity provided by Law no. 55/2020 on some measures to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as subsequently amended and supplemented.

Thus, the granting of the allowance for reduced working hours of employees, the one for reducing the activity of professionals, as well as the technical unemployment allowance for employees and other categories of professionals, the granting of technical unemployment (OUG no. 30/2020) for restricted areas due to the Covid-19 pandemic, until June 30, 2021.

Also, the measure on reduced working time for employees / professionals (OUG no. 132/2020) is extended until the same date.

In order to make the conditions for accessing the indemnity for reduced working time more flexible, the normative act brings a series of completions, thus:

– the 5 days in which the reduction of working time is mandatory must no longer be consecutive;

– the employer will be able to reduce the working time of the employees by at most 80% of the duration provided in the individual employment contract;

– the ban on employment or subcontracting for similar activities subject to reduced working time will apply strictly to the jobs affected by this measure and not to the employer as a whole, as at present.