The extension of the exceptional support to the family to parents in telework who have children attending daycare, pre-school or elementary schools has already been published and will take effect this Tuesday, February 23rd.
Decree-Law 14-B / 2021 provides that parents in telework are entitled to exceptional support when they choose to suspend their activity to provide assistance to the family in three situations: when it is a single-parent family; if they have children or other dependents attending up to the 4th year of basic education, including day care and pre-school; or if a dependent with disabilities, regardless of age, is concerned, provided that he has a disability equal to or greater than 60%.
Workers who want to suspend their activity must notify the employer in writing three days in advance.
The amount of support is similar to what is currently paid when both parents are in person and one of them stays at home with their children up to 12 years old. In other words, it corresponds to 66% of the basic remuneration, paid in equal parts by the employer and Social Security.
The diploma published on Monday foresees the increase of support to 100% of the basic remuneration in situations in which the two parents provide assistance to the children, weekly, alternately or when the household benefits from the increase in the allowance for a single parent family. The difference between 66% and 100% will be borne by Social Security, which guarantees 67% of the support in these cases and the employer keeps the payment of 33%.
In order to benefit from support under the new conditions, the worker must declare to the employer, in writing and under honor, that he is in one of the situations covered.
The amendments cover self-employed workers and civil servants, in particular teachers who, until now, have not been able to access support because they are working from home.
“For teachers, exactly the same rules apply – a teacher in these conditions benefits from the same answer. The rule is the same for all professionals ”, confirmed the Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, last week.
This benefit cannot be combined with other exceptional or extraordinary support created to respond to the covid-19 pandemic.
When the Government decided to close schools on 22 January, it regained exceptional support for the family that had been in place last year and which only covered parents in face-to-face work. Teleworkers with young children (even if one of the parents was in face-to-face work and if it was a single-parent family) had a justified absence to take care of the children, but they were left without any income.
The situation was criticized by CGTP, UGT, all political parties – who presented proposals in the Assembly of the Republic – and was the target of recommendations by the Ombudsman.