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Wage Aid Provided For Reduced Working Hours Changed

On 29 April 2020, beneficial changes enter into effect in the aid provided for reduced working time employment.
The wage subsidy may be requested if the reduced working time reaches at least 25% and at most 85% of the previous working time, and no longer has to reach 4 hours a day.

The amount of the maximum wage subsidy depends partly on the lost working time and partly on twice the net minimum wage, therefore the maximum wage subsidy available increased to HUF 112,350 according to the decree, contrary to statements made in the media, according to which the maximum amount remains unchanged.

Further good news is that there will be less administration, an agreement on the incomprehensible individual development time is only mandatory if the reduced working hours exceed half of the previous working hours, and wage subsidies may now be granted for home office work, remote work, temporary agency work and during the working time frame.

Headcount maintenance and not ordering extraordinary working hours (overtime) will only apply to employees receiving the wage subsidy.

Unfortunately, the most uncertain circumstance has not been removed from the requirements, as employers still have to credibly prove the undefined ‘interest of national economy’ to retain employees.

Aid Provided To Employment Is Very Limited

The Hungarian government announced that they are going to wage support the wages to those employees that who are still able to work.
The the maximum amount of Wage Subsidy shall be HUF 74,900 / employee. However, in order to request the employee and the employee jointly shall apply for the wage subsidy on cinditionsconditions that they both comply with even the company has to meet certain extensive criteria and which this further limits it’s use. The employers must also present its measures taken or is expected to take to overcome the economic difficulties and to exhaust the working time available for rescheduling work and that is operation is a national interest which is undefined category at the moment. Application for the Wage Subsidly may be submitted from the 16th of April 2020. In order to be eligible compliance with the strict requirements must be substantiated by fully comprehensive and detailed documentation. Should an application refused by the authority, no appeal or any legal way is allowed.

Government decree containing further derogations from the labour code for example:as the employers can unilaterally introduce a framework of working time up to 24 months.