Government is considering paying part of the salary to encourage hiring

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The government is considering paying part of the wages of workers aged 18 to 29 or over 55, for a fixed period, to encourage their hiring by companies in the post-pandemic resumption of covid-19. The topic was discussed last Thursday by Deputy Christino Áureo (Progressistas-RJ), rapporteur of the provisional measure that recreated the program for maintaining jobs in the crisis, with the Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes.

To Estadão/Broadcast, Áureo stated that the proposal under discussion is for the government to pay a bonus, whose value is yet to be defined, directly to the worker. The company would pay the rest of the salary and collect the charges (such as social security contributions and FGTS) on this portion of the remuneration. The sum of the bonus and salary would need to be at least equivalent to the national minimum, currently at R$1,100.

The idea of ​​a direct transfer replaces previous proposals to reduce taxes levied by companies on these contracts. At the end of 2019, the government even proposed to Congress the Green and Yellow Employment program, which exempted, for example, the social security contribution on salaries, but the measure did not work.

The tax relief proposal was even resumed, but the course of the debate shifted to direct payment to workers. The discussion comes at a time of increase in the unemployment rate – a theme that is one of the demands on the president Jair Bolsonaro, which intends to seek re-election in 2022. There are almost 14.8 million workers looking for a job, according to the IBGE.

The bonus model follows one of the premises of the Emergency Benefit (EBm) itself, paid to those who had a reduction in work hours and wages or suspension of contracts during the crisis. With Bem, the government banked a part of the workers’ remuneration to prevent them from being fired. Now, the so-called Productive Inclusion Bonus (BIP) would serve as an incentive for the professional to be hired.