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COVID-19 Employment Aid Measures

The Government announced another set of measures to aid businesses hit by the Coronavirus crisis. These measures should stimulate businesses to retain their employees in this difficult period.

All the measures are effective retrospectively from 9th March 2020.

Malta Enterprise launched an online portal (https://covid19.maltaenterprise.com/) to support businesses during COVID-19.

Aid to critical sectors

  • Sectors included in this link are the identified critical sectors

https://covid19.maltaenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Annex-A-Sectors.pdf

  • The Government will compensate €800 per month for each employee. Where salary exceeds €800 but up to €1,200, employers should pay the difference up to a maximum of €400. If an employer is not able to pay the gap, approval should be sought from the Department for Industrial and Employment Relations. Government is encouraging discussion between the employer, employee and trade union in situations where monthly salary exceeds €1,200.
  • The aid available for part-time employees will be of €500 per month.
  • Self-employed working in these areas are also eligible for this benefit.
  • Businesses shall pay the full pay to their employees while government will reimburse employers with the announced benefits.
  • Applications should be available soon.

Aid to less critical sectors

  • Less critical industries are those sectors found in this link

https://covid19.maltaenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Annex-B-Sectors.pdf

  • Government will pay €160/month, equivalent to 1 day per week for each employee (based on a monthly salary of €800). It was also indicated that a possible additional day could be announced later during the crisis.
  • The benefit for part-timers will be fixed of €100/month.
  • Gozo employers will be entitled a monthly assistance of €320 which is equivalent to 2 days per week (based on a monthly salary of €800) for each employee. Monthly entitlement for Gozitian part-timers will be €200.
  • Self-employed operating their own business are entitled to a monthly benefit of €320 (2 days a week based on a monthly salary of €800). Those who employ staff will receive another day to a total monthly benefit of €480.
  • Businesses shall pay the full pay to their employees while government will reimburse employers with the announced benefits.
  • Applications should be available soon.

Previously announced employment aid still available

  • €350 per employee to businesses that have had employees on mandatory quarantine. Benefit is also available to self-employed persons. Applications are already available.
  • Persons whose full-time employment was terminated as from 9th March 2020 shall benefit from a temporary increase in their unemployment benefit of up to €800. Applications are already available.
  • Persons with disability whose employment was stopped due to their vulnerability for COVID-19 and unable to work from home, shall be entitled for a monthly benefit of €800. Applications are already available.
  • Parents who both work in the private sector requiring one of the parents to stay at home to take care of school-aged children will get a salary of €800 per month provided that they cannot carry out their functions through teleworking arrangements. This measure also applies for single parent families who have school-aged children. Applications are already available.

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