Updated on Monday, 27 September 2021 – 20:25
The new ERTE will run until February 28, focusing on the training of workers as the main novelty. CEOE supports the agreement. Social Security cedes and improves exemptions to companies
The Minister of Inclusion and Social Security, Jos Luis Escriv. Juan Carlos HidalgoEFE
The Government has unblocked at the last minute of this afternoon the negotiations with employers and unions to extend for the fifth time the social protection schemes due to impediments and limitations to the activity of companies due to the effect of the health alert.
Sources from the Ministry of Labor confirmed the principle of agreement, the term of which is extended until next February 28, and that has already been ratified by the employers in the CEOE executive committee and following the same course in CCOO and UGT in the next few hours, Social Security has had to make important assignments with respect to its initial offer.
These transfers imply improvements in the exemptions from the contributions paid by companies in ERTE for their workforce, the main demand from employers and the self-employed. In fact, the preliminary agreement was pending until the last minute for CEOE to give its final approval, as it was conditioned to the self-employed benefits, which will run until January 31.
With the incidence of Covid reducing day by day thanks to the advance of vaccination, most of the impediments of companies for their activity are time and capacity limitations. The latest data on workers affected by ERTE provided by Social Security was around half a million people, including salaried and self-employed workers..
The minister Jos Luis Escriv had stepped on the accelerator in his first proposal last week and, to the incentives for reactivating the current scheme, it had added a commitment that companies benefiting from the aid scheme would establish training plans for their employees. It crashed against the refusal of all social agents.
Yesterday, Sunday, it considerably lowered its requirement by making the training plans voluntary, although with greater financial incentives for companies that, being limited in their activity, would execute those plans: a 50% exemption for companies with more than 10 employees compared to 20% for those who did not. In the case of those with less than 10 employees, the discounts will be 70% and 50% respectively.
To the businessmen who come to the negotiating tables, the offer seemed insufficient, taking into account that it is the Administration that imposes the limitations. This morning, amid strong criticism for his message about a pension reform that promotes being able to work until age 75, Escriv was working on improving his offer again.
Finally, a last offer has provided support for your proposal. Incentives for training increase up to 40% exemption in the case of companies with more than 10 workers who do not provide training and double, 80% if it is imparted. For companies with up to 10 workers, the incentives will consist of a 50% exemption if there is no training and 80% if there is.
In this way, numerous companies that see their activity limited in the coming months due to administrative decisions related to Covid will see increase exemptions in Social Security contributions. Given that the current scheme establishes lower benefits as time passes, to date, companies with a workforce of less than 50 workers can achieve benefits of up to 75%, while those that exceed that list have a ceiling of 65% .
Faced with its execution by troubled companies, The complexity of the new aid scheme has led to the fact that the conditions of the last extension will be maintained during the month of October., while the current ones will come into effect from November. It is another relevant change with respect to the initial claims of the Government, which had established a period of 10 days from next Friday to request the aid, granting negative administrative silence, that is, denying access to the scheme by means of no answer requests.
For their part, the UGT and CCOO unions have shown more determined support for the preliminary agreement. The so-called zero counter, by which the people affected by ERTE do not consume their right to unemployment benefits, extends for one year including people with discontinuous fixed contracts.The penalties in dismissals are also maintained for six months for companies that have benefited from the aid.
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