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28 May 2020, 19:09

Presidential decrees signed to support working Belarusians amid pandemic

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MINSK, 28 May (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed two decrees meant to enhance the social security of employees at a time when the global economy and the national one work hard to overcome consequences of anti-epidemic measures, BelTA has learned.

Decree No.178 on temporary measures to support employers and certain categories of citizens is designed to minimize the impact of the pandemic on the Belarusian economy and ensure social stability.

As part of the decree employers will be able to apply for subsidies to raise salaries of their employees up to the legislated minimum if the enterprise is forced to part-time employment or to stand idle from 1 May through 31 July. The subsidies will also be available for paying dues to the state social security fund.

Municipal government agencies will be the ones to decide on granting subsidies or not while the money will be disbursed by the state social security fund.

The decree also extends the period of availability through 31 August of individualized state support in the form of monthly allowances for citizens, whose allowances are to expire in May-July 2020.

Decree No.179 on labor remuneration is designed to enhance the social security of public sector workers and ensure the steady operation of public sector organizations and certain (overseas) institutions amid the pandemic.

The decree provides for keeping public sector salaries at least as large as the legislated minimum. Subsidies will be granted to public sector organizations if they are forced to part-time employment or to stand idle.

The central state budget and budgets of municipal authorities have been identified as a possible source to finance expenses of public sector organizations if their earnings from income-generating activities are insufficient.

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