Beneficiaries of social assistance will receive the allowance for another 6 months if they are hired

Beneficiaries of social assistance will receive compensation for another 6 months, from the moment of employment, if they are employed for a period of at least 24 months, according to a draft emergency ordinance prepared by the Ministry of Labor.

The Ministry of Labor announced that it has drafted an emergency ordinance aimed at stimulating the participation of social assistance beneficiaries on the labor market, preventing their dependence on this benefit, as well as introducing measures to help reduce unemployment among young people who do not have job, do not go to school and do not participate in training activities.

“The campaign carried out at the beginning of the year to verify the establishment and granting of social assistance allowed an x-ray of the situation of social assistance beneficiaries in the communities subject to verification, as well as the identification of vulnerable people in need. Beyond the highlighted aspects, related to the need for school training and professional qualification for those able to work in vulnerable families, there was also the need to introduce incentives to increase employment among able-bodied beneficiaries, “said the Minister of Labor and Protection Social, Raluca Turcan.

One of the provisions of the project aims at maintaining the social aid, for another 6 months, from the moment of employment, if the beneficiary commits for a period of at least 24 months.

“At the same time, in order to prevent dependence on this type of state support and to stimulate employment, the obligation is introduced for persons eligible for social assistance to come to employment agencies every 6 months or whenever required by it to apply labor market activation measures. Failure to appear at the employment agency will be assimilated to the refusal of a job and will lead to the termination of social assistance, with the possibility of submitting a new application after a period of 12 months “, it is shown in a communiqué of the ministry.

According to him, if the employment contract terminates at the initiative of the employer, in less than 24 months, the amounts granted as social assistance will not constitute a debt and will not be recovered. On the other hand, if the employment relationship ceases for reasons attributable to the employee, the amounts granted as social assistance will be recovered for the entire period.

The ordinance also provides for the enrollment of persons fit for work in the “Second Chance” type educational program.

“Enrollment in this program will be made on the recommendation of employment agencies, based on available places communicated by school inspectorates, and refusal to participate will lead to termination of social assistance and a ban on applying for a new right for a period of 12 months, as and in case of refusal of a job “, it is also shown in the communiqué.

Another measure is the settlement of transport for those attending the “Second Chance” program at a distance of more than 5 km from the home.

The project also includes amendments to Law no. 76/2002, respectively the introduction of measures that would contribute to the consolidation of employment and to the reduction of unemployment among young NEETs.

“The main change concerns the extension of the age group in the definition of young NEET, from 16 to 30, compared to 16 to 25 years now. This change will imply a greater access to non-reimbursable European funds on future operational programs, respectively other categories of funds made available by the European Commission “, the Ministry of Labor also shows.

It is estimated that the measure adopted will benefit in the next period, from the unemployment insurance budget, approximately 2,000 people, the financial impact being estimated at 5,625,000 lei.


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