Labor and Employment Law
As advanced by the Portuguese Government and in order to face the new demands of a general confinement, several legal diplomas were approved and published which resulted in (i) changes to supports already in force, and (ii) the introduction of new support.
It was published in the official gazette the Decree-Law no. 109-A/2020, of 31 December, ruling the increase of the minimum monthly wage to € 665,00, with effects from January 1, 2021, onwards.
The president has just signed a new Financial Shield to help entrepreneurs most affected by the second wave of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The call for electronic applications is planned for the second half of January 2021. The amount of aid planned is estimated at PLN 40 billion.
The Decree Law 101-E/2020, of 7th December, which entered into force on 8th December 2020, one day after it was published in the Official Gazette, transposed into national law the Directive (EU) 2018/957 of The European Parliament and of the Council of 28 June 2018, regarding posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services in the European Union.
Following the declaration of state of emergency, decreed on November 6, 2020, the Decree No. 8/2020, of November 8, was published in the Official Gazette, regulating the implementation of the state of emergency declared by the President:
It has been published the Decree-Law n.º 79-A/2020, 1st October, under which the exceptional and transitory regime of work reorganization and minimization of risks of transmission of COVID-19 disease infection within labor relations is foreseen.
The Portuguese Official Gazette (Diário da República) has published the Resolution of the Council of Ministers nº 70-A/2020 declaring the contingency situation throughout national mainland territory and ordering the adoption and, in some cases, renewal of exceptional measures for combatting COVID-19. These measures include changes in the remote work regime and how work is organized, which will be in force as from September 15, 2020.
On May 20, 2020, the Polish government adopted the fourth and final package of anti-crisis solutions known as "Shield 4.0".
The pandemic associated to the COVID-19 brought deep and substantial changes in the most diverse areas and sectors, having, in particular, provoked significant modification in the labor universe.