Unemployment benefits

Bulgaria’s Crisis-Stricken Businesses Will Receive State Support until End-May 2021

The Bulgarian government has extended until the end of May the measures known as "60/40" and "80/20" payroll support for employers in the sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The "Keep me" measure to compensate employees of closed businesses is also being extended, providing an additional EUR 12,300 million from EU funds. 

Extension of benefits for the jobless

All unemployment benefits expiring this month are set to get a two-month extension. The measure is being studied by the Finance Ministry along with the extension of contract suspensions and the "Syn-Ergasia" social security contribution subsidy program that has already been lengthened by law until the end of February.

November jobless figure up 10.51% on October’s

The registered unemployed in Greece totaled 1,153,434 in November, 10.51% higher than October's 1,043,709, and up 6.41% on the November 2019 figure of 1,083,943, the Manpower Organization (OAED) said on Friday.

OAED said that the number of registered unemployed people seeking jobs totaled 1,104,417 in November, of whom 548,290 or 49.65% were long-term unemployed.

Turkey plans to extend layoff ban

The Turkish government is planning to extend a three-month layoff ban introduced by parliament in mid-April, according to the family, labor and social services minister.

"Restriction on termination [of employment contract] has been an important element in protecting rights of employees during the pandemic period," Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk told private broadcaster NTV on June 13.

Short-time pay appeals in Turkey reach 2.7 million: Minister

Some 232,000 Turkish businesses affected by the coronavirus economic fallout have made applications to the government for short-time working payments to their 2.7 million employees between March 30 and April 16, according to Family, Labor and Social Services Minister Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk.

CHP leader says gov’t support for unpaid leave ‘important’ but will not make citizens ‘happy’

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader has said that the government's financial aid to workers who had been laid off or put on unpaid leave is "important" but will not be enough for the citizens' living expenditures.