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10 The Portugal News • 28 Mar 2020                                 News


      Companies forced to close can access




      simplified lay-off                                       Companies that are forced to close due to the state of national emergency
                                                               will be able to access the simplified ‘lay-off’, said the Minister of State,
                                                               Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira.

                                                                                   n a press conference  “mechanism that is aimed  the same period of the
                                                                                   after the Social     at companies in certain  previous year.
                                                                                   Consultation meeting,  situations to reduce  The Secretary of State for
                                                                                Iin Lisbon, which took  working hours or suspend  Social Security, Gabriel
                                                                                place via videoconference,  employment contracts in  Bastos, explained, for his
                                                                                the minister clarified that  order to preserve  part, that companies that
                                                                                “companies that have been  employment”, underlined  adhere to the simplified
                                                                                closed by administrative or  the minister.      ‘lay-off’ will receive their
                                                                                legislative decision have  Siza Vieira also explained  first Social Security
                                                                                access to the extraordinary  that companies can partially  payment only in April.
                                                                                employment support      use this mechanism, as in  “We are currently finalising
                                                                                mechanism”, usually     the general regime. In other  the application form for
                                                                                called simplified lay-off.  words, the simplified ‘lay-  employers on the ‘online’
                                                                                According to Siza Vieira,  off’ can be applied only to a  platform of Segurança
                                                                                the Government should   certain number of workers  Social Directa,” said
                                                                                again review the ordinance  in a company, who receive  Gabriel Bastos.
                                                                                recently published that  two thirds of the salary,  According to the Secretary
                                                                                created the measure in  while others can continue to  of State’s forecasts,
                                                                                order to simplify and clarify  work under normal  payments are expected to
                                                                                it, adding that it implies the  conditions.     begin to be made “during
                                                                                suspension of the contract  However, the company will  the month of April”.
                                                                                or the reduction of working  have to guarantee one of  Lay-off workers receive
                                                                                hours, such as the general  the criteria defined in the  two-thirds of their
                                                                                lay-off regime that is  ordinance: it must present  remuneration, of which 70
                                                                                provided for in the Labour  a reduction of at least 40  percent are paid by Social
      The ‘lay-off’ is a “mechanism that is aimed at companies in certain situations to reduce
      The ‘lay-off’ is a “mechanism that is aimed at companies in certain situations to reduce
      The ‘lay-off’ is a “mechanism that is aimed at companies in certain situations to reduce
      The ‘lay-off’ is a “mechanism that is aimed at companies in certain situations to reduce  Code.   percent in turnover in the  Security and 30 percent by
      The ‘lay-off’ is a “mechanism that is aimed at companies in certain situations to reduce
      working hours or suspend employment contracts in order to preserve employment”  The ‘lay-off’ is a  last 60 days compared to  the company.
      working hours or suspend employment contracts in order to preserve employment”
      working hours or suspend employment contracts in order to preserve employment”
      working hours or suspend employment contracts in order to preserve employment”
      working hours or suspend employment contracts in order to preserve employment”
      Reorganisation of services provided by the HPA Health Group
      The HPA Health Group has reorganised its services according to the evolution of the COVID-19.
        Emergency unit – adults: The  The group are preparing the  The Paediatric Emergency Unit  puerperium.  For the same  Dentistry: Routine appointments
      Alvor and Gambelas Hospitals  São Gonçalo Hospital in Lagos  will continue to be at the  reason, a companion is also not  have been cancelled, but
      will remain open daily, including  to receive COVID-19 patients.  Gambelas Hospital and will be  allowed during delivery.  emergency dental care is available
      the Hospital Particular da    The opening times of the     open 24/7, with the exclusion of  Treatment and follow-up of  at the Alvor Hospital, Clínica
      Madeira, for general medical  Emergency Unit, has also     COVID-19 patients.           cancer patients: The Day Care  Particular SIIPEMOR in São Brás
      care with the exclusion of COVID-  suffered alterations. Opening  Emergency unit – pregnant  Hospitals will continue follow-up  de Alportel, Clínica Particular do
      19 patients.                  times will be Monday to Sunday  women: The HPA Gambelas   and treatment of its patients,  Algarve – AlgarveShopping (Guia)
        The remaining Emergency     from 10am to 6pm.            Maternity is available 24/7 for  maintaining the maximum safety  and at the Centro Médico
      Units of the HPA Health Group,  Admission to the emergency  monitoring pregnant women, as  for the patients and staff.  Internacional de Vila Real de
      will continue as before. However,  Unit for medical care is always  well as for deliveries. However,  Consultations, exams and  Santo António.
      some units have altered their  preceded by epidemiological  for safety reasons, both for the  treatment: The HPA Health Group  For all other situations
      opening times so patients are  screening and temperature   pregnant woman and baby, visits  will maintain face-to-face medical  Teleconsultation will be
      asked to check details before  control.                    are not allowed either in the  care availability provided it is  available. For information contact
      travelling to hospital.        Emergency unit – paediatric:  maternity ward or in the   considered urgent and important.  the Call Centre: 282 420 400.
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