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The Government announces a benefit for parents who cannot telework


The Government has announced a benefit so that parents can take care of their children for the closure of schools in several areas of Spain before the spread of the coronavirus. As explained by the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, will be effective in the event that the company can't enable telecommuting. In addition, this option eliminates any cost to the company.

This was announced by Escrivá on Wednesday during an interview on Onda Cero. A measure that is taken in response to parents' concern about having to deal with the care of their children during their workday after closure of schools in Madrid, Vitoria and La Rioja.

Of course, the minister has made it clear that this benefit is being designed, will be included in a decree-law and that he hopes will be approved this Thursday. The cost will be borne by the State. "It has a significant but manageable cost," he said, which places approximately 50 million euros.

He added that "Social Security will bear all the cost." Those affected will be treated as if they were a work leave due to an accident at work and "from the day one is paid by the public administration". Meanwhile, the self-employed will receive the same benefits as employees. "They are in the same condition," so they will also have "relief systems", said the minister.

This Tuesday afternoon, the President of the Government, Pedro SanchezHe pointed out that his Executive was going to act to guarantee the well-being of all families, facilitating for example the reduction of working hours, or to support the most affected sectors by facilitating labor flexibility. For workers isolated by the coronavirus, the Government approved that they be considered in leave due to professional contingencies, which will download companies to pay part of the benefit, since Social Security will assume the cost from day one. Escrivá has indicated that for now quarantined workers are "few."

The Minister council It meets on Thursday in an extraordinary way to approve and announce the concrete measures that the Government will take in order to reduce the impact that the spread of the coronavirus will have on the Spanish economy.


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