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Micro companies that were in lay-off this year barred from new support – ZAP

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Microenterprises that this year benefited from a simplified lay-off or from support for the recovery are automatically excluded from the new support created by the Government.

Microenterprises experiencing financial difficulties due to the covid-19 pandemic will have new help at their disposal: simplified support for maintaining jobs.

However, ECO writes, this new support will only be available to employers who have not benefited, between January and March 2021, the simplified lay-off or the recovery support. Thus, micro companies that have resorted to this support this year are now barred.

The new support equals two minimum wages per worker covered by the simplified lay-off or by the support to the progressive recovery, paid in a phased manner over six months.

For smaller companies to be able to benefit from this support, they must have registered billing breaks of at least 25% and having gone through the simplified lay-off or supporting the progressive recovery. However, in a decree-law published this Wednesday, the Government clarifies that the passage through these regimes cannot have happened this year.

“Only the employer who, in the first quarter of 2021, has not benefited from the extraordinary support for the maintenance of the employment contract, under the terms of article 2 of Decree-Law no. / 2021, of January 15, in its current wording, or of the extraordinary support for the progressive resumption of activity provided for in article 4 of the present decree-law ”, reads in Diário da República.

The diploma also stresses that workers must be identified by reference to the month prior to application and not by reference to the month of submission of the application.

The allocation of an additional minimum wage per job is also expected, in the case of micro companies that benefit from this measure in the first semester, but continue to face a business crisis in June.

Companies are also obliged to maintain the level of employment observed in the month of application during the granting of the subsidy and within the next 90 days, instead of the 60 days initially foreseen. Companies will only be prohibited from making collective redundancies or by extinction of the job up to 60 days after the granting of support.

Daniel Costa Daniel Costa, ZAP //

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