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Emergency Ordinance No. 70/2020 was published in the Official Gazette of Tuesday (May 14, 2020). It brings many changes, the most important of which concern the tax code and the resolution of technical unemployment, as a measure to help companies affected by the crisis caused by SAR-Cov-2.

The following is a summary of the main provisions contained in OUG 70/2020, in some important categories:

I. Extension of social protection measures

The legislative act concerns several measures caused by the current epidemiological situation in Romania, including:

  • the period for granting the technical unemployment allowance shall be extended until 31st of May 2020; read more»

The minimum differential wage will be introduced starting with the 1st of January 2019

Starting with January 2019, the gross minimum wage will increase and will be differentiated according to the level of education.

The Government approved this week an Emergency Ordinance amending a number of normative acts, including the Labor Code - Law no. 53/2003, and Law no. 279/2005 on apprenticeship at the workplace. Amendments to the Labor Code will come into force on 1st January 2019 and aim to create the legal framework for establishing the minimum gross national salary guaranteed in pay by reference to the criteria for the level of studies.

Initially, the change envisaged differentiation according to the seniority in work, but in the end the Government dropped it, keeping only differentiation according to the level of education. read more»

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