The employers are obliged to grant paid days off to employees for the supervision of children up to 12 years of age, during the limitation or suspension of teaching activity, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A new Government Emergency Ordinance was issued on Friday of the previous week, through which days off to one of the parents are granted, in order to supervise the children in case of suspension or limitation of school activity, due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In order to benefit from these provisions, children must not be older than 12 years old or 26 years old, in the case of children with disabilities. Only one parent can benefit from these days off. Both the biological parent and the adopter or the person who has the child in foster care can benefit from these provisions.
These provisions also apply in the event that the school program is reduced as frequency.
The employer is obliged to grant paid days off for the entire period of limitation or suspension of the teaching activity, based on a request submitted by the parent, accompanied by a copy of the child’s birth certificate and the statement on the other parent’s own responsibility.
For each day off, an allowance of 75% of the basic salary for one day shall be paid, limited to a maximum of 75% of the average gross salary corresponding to one working day. This allowance is subjct to taxation and contributions and is settled by the State.
The settlement request is submitted within a maximum of 30 days from the date of payment of the tax and contributions, and the payment is made within a maximum of 15 calendar days.
Not granting the days off is sanctioned with a fine ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 lei, for each person, limited to a maximum of 20,000 lei.