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Days off granted to parents to supervise children in second and third scenarios and other news

Considering the alarming increase of the infection rates with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the enactment[1] that regulates the granting of days off for the supervision of children, in case of limitation or suspension of teaching activities that imply the effective presence of children in schools and early childhood education units, has recently been modified[2] to broaden its scope.

Extending the scope of granting days off for the supervision of children

Thus, during the state of alert, the days off for the supervision of children will be granted not only in situations where the educational process takes place remotely given the conclusions of an epidemiological investigation conducted by county public health departments, respectively in Bucharest, but also in the cases in which the application of Scenario 2 has been established (Daily participation of all preschoolers and primary school students, students in grades VIII and XII, with and the application of all protection norms and the partial return (by rotation of 1-2 weeks) of the students from the other gymnasium and high school classes, with the observance and application of all the protection norms) or of Scenario 3 (Participation of all preschoolers and students in activities / online lessons).

The number of days that may be granted will coincide with the duration provided in the decisions of the county committees for emergency situations or of the Bucharest Municipality Committee for Emergency Situations.

Parents will also be able to benefit from these days off in cases where children with chronic diseases carry out the distance education process following the recommendation of the family doctor or specialist.

As a novelty, if parents can work at home or in the teleworking regime, they will not benefit from these provisions in the cases where the education units are included in the above scenarios.

All other conditions for granting these days off (i.e., regarding the age of the child or regarding the parents) remain unchanged.

The need to register in REVISAL for the granting of telework aids

Through the same normative act[3], clarifications were also made to the regime for granting 2,500 lei as telework aid[4]. Thus, it is specified that these amounts will not be granted to employers who submitted in the general register of employees data on the elements of the employment relationship, which established the development of telework, after the expiration of the legal deadline for registration of the change.

 

[1] Emergency Ordinance no. 147/2020 on granting days off for parents in order to supervise children, in case of limitation or suspension of teaching activities that imply the actual presence of children in schools and early childhood education units, following the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 790 of 28 August 2020;

[2] Emergency Ordinance no. 182/2020 for completing the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 147/2020 on granting days off for parents in order to supervise children, in case of limitation or suspension of teaching activities that imply the actual presence of children in schools and early childhood education units, following the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as art. 6 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 132/2020 on support measures for employees and employers in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as to stimulate employment growth („GEO no. 182/2020”), published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 993 of October 27, 2020;

[3] GEO no. 182/2020;

[4] Granted pursuant to art. 6 of the Emergency Ordinance no. 132/2020 on support measures for employees and employers in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, as well as to stimulate employment growth, published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 720 of August 10, 2020.

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