Financial Aid to Maintain Jobs has been increased
From February 2021, the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic ("MLSAF SR") through the Anti-Pandemic Package First Aid ++, increased aid to maintain jobs, extended the range of applicants for aid and the range of entitled persons.
Higher Financial Aid
a) Measures 1 and 3A
MLSAF SR increased aid for employers (measures 1 and 3A) by reimbursing employers’ costs from 80% of the total price of the employee's work to 100% total price of the employee's work, at a maximum of 1.100 Eur per employee and per month for both measures.
Only an employer who was not a company in difficulty as at 31 December 2019 can apply for a contribution in the amount of 100% of the total price of employee's work. An employer who was a company in difficulty as at 31 December 2019 may receive a contribution of 80% of the total price of the employee's work.
The total amount of aid granted at 100% of the total price of the employee's work may not exceed 1.8 million Eur ("aid ceiling"). After reaching the aid ceiling, the employer would be entitled for 80% of the total price of the employee's work.
b) Measure 3B
The flat-rate contribution to compensate the employee's wage (measure 3B) also increased from 330 Eur to 870 Eur, depending on the decrease in revenues.
The following table compares the amount of aid under measure 3B under the conditions valid before and after 1 February 2021:
|Before 1 February 2021||After 1 February 2021|
|Decrease in Revenues||Amount of Contribution||Decrease in Revenues||Amount of Contribution|
|≥ 20,00 - 39,99 %||270 Eur||≥ 20,00 - 29,99 %||330 Eur|
|≥ 40,00 - 59,99 %||450 Eur||≥ 30,00 - 39,99 %||420 Eur|
|≥ 60,00 - 79,99 %||630 Eur||≥ 40,00 - 49,99 %||510 Eur|
|≥ 80 %||810 Eur||≥ 50,00 - 59,99 %||600 Eur|
|x||x||≥ 60,00 - 69,99 %||690 Eur|
|x||x||≥ 70,00 - 79,99 %||780 Eur|
|x||x||≥ 80 %||870 Eur|
Extension of the Range of Applicants and Entitled Persons
The range of applicants for aid extended to include self-employed persons, which are employers. Employers who started a business no later than 1 February 2021 can apply for aid.
At the same time, the range of entitled persons extended to include employees hired on 1 February 2021 at the latest.
Extension of the Time Limit to Receive Aid
The time limit to receive aid has been extended to 30 June 2021.
An application for a given month may be submitted during the two calendar months following the calendar month for which the application is requested. Aid for February 2021 can be requested from March 2021.
For information on the application process, see our previous article named: Changes in employment measures during the second wave of the pandemic.