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Within the framework of the ongoing process of reviewing the
measures taken to address the current crisis due to the COVID -19
pandemic and the declared will of the Government and the President
of the Republic himself to stand in solidarity with the workers and
following the evaluation by the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and
Social Insurance of the statistical data obtained from the payment
of special benefits for the period between 16 March 2020 and 12
April 2020, it was found that due to the low insurance premiums
declared in the Register of Social Insurance Services, a low amount
of allowance was paid to a number of employees based on the method
by which unemployment benefits were calculated on the basis of the
Social Insurance legislation.
For these reasons and in order to support as many employees as
possible that are currently out of work or full-time work, we are
proceeding with a series of additional measures to support
employees as follows:
(1) For the purposes of paying the Special Unemployment Benefit
and the Special Sick leave Benefit, the insurable earnings of the
year 2018 will be taken into account, but in addition, a comparison
will be made based on the declared salary of January 2020, so that
the amount paid as Special Unemployment Benefit will be the highest
amount that results from the above comparison and taking into
account 60% for both calculations.
(2) A special plan will be implemented for employees who first
started work in February and March 2020, under the strict condition
that they will be registered by their employers.
(3) There will be a minimum amount which will be received as
Special Unemployment Allowance or as a Special Sick leave
(4) Further measures will be taken to verify the bank accounts,
by submitting also certifying copies of bank account details, which
has already been implemented, so that a group of officers may
correct errors that have been identified if the bank accounts are
not confirmed by the Banking Institutions.
(5) The inclusion of persons over 65 years of age who do not
receive statutory pension and continue to work.
(6) After identifying several errors in the applications due to
incorrect data on the Social Security Number, no application will
be accepted unless the Social Security Number submitted is
confirmed at the time of submission.
(7) The plans will include new categories of economic activity
that were excluded between 13/4/2020 and 12/6/2020.
(8) In addition, those for whom the regular unemployment
benefits from the Social Insurance Fund have been completed, may
join the Special Plans to receive a Special Unemployment Allowance
for the period between 13/4/2020 and 12/6/2020.
(9) Additional payments will be made for cases falling under
paragraphs (1) and (3).
(10) All employees will be subsidized, regardless of whether
they are general managers or managing directors, in small
businesses that employ up to nine employees and in the Partial
Suspension of Business Plan.
The aforementioned arrangements are aimed at supporting workers
during the crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to
be in effect for the period until June 12, 2020 and with further
support of both businesses and employees until October 12, 2020,
without being considered as a precedent for the payment of the
usual unemployment benefits after the end of the above period.
It is important to emphasize that any rights from the Social
Insurance Fund and any benefits provided in non-emergency
situations, as well as pension rights, are calculated on the basis
of the salaries declared to the Social Insurance Fund, so the
declared salaries are very important in ensuring both decent living
and workers’ pension rights.
The above measures were submitted to the Council of Ministers on
Thursday 23/4/2020 for approval and have been approved. All
employers are reminded to file payroll statements for their
employees for February as well as March 2020.
Originally published 24 April 2020
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