Suspension of Teaching and Non-Teaching Activities in Person25 January, 2021
Decree-Law No. 8-B/2021 of 22 January was published, establishing a set of support measures for the suspension of teaching and non-teaching activities in person.
The Government decreed the suspension of teaching and non-teaching activities for 15 days.
In order to allow for the necessary monitoring of children, the Government once again defines as justified those work absences motivated by unavoidable assistance to a child or other dependent under 12 years of age or, regardless of age, with a disability or chronic illness, resulting from the suspension of teaching and non-teaching activities in a school establishment or social equipment to support early childhood or disability determined by legislative or administrative means from a government source.
Therefore, during the 2020-2021 school year, work absences in this context during school breaks or outside school breaks, according to the school timetable, are now considered justified work absences.
Also, following the suspension of teaching and non-teaching activities in person, the Government decides to recover the measures of support to the family and the care of children raised through Decree-Law no. 10-A/2020 of 13 March, allowing, in the same way as in the previous regime, access to exceptional support to the family for the care and assistance of minor children outside the periods of teaching interruption, which does not cover the fixed period of teaching holidays.
So, parents who have to be absent from work to provide unavoidable care for their child or dependent are entitled to receive support corresponding to 2/3 of their basic pay, with a minimum limit of (euro) 665.00 and a maximum limit of (euro) 1995.00. This support covers employees, the self-employed and domestic service workers, but does not cover situations in which teleworking is possible.
Decree-Law 8-B/2021 of 22 January entered into force on 22 January 2021.