The Minister of the Interior, Ales Hojs, the Minister of Public Administration, Bostjan Koritnik, the Minister of Education, Simona Kustec, and the Minister of Labor, Janez Cigler Kralj, spoke at today's remote press conference on the current developments regarding the coronavirus.
The proposed measures presented today are expected to apply from 1 April to 31 May, with a possible extension until 30 June.
At a correspondence session, the Government adopted today a decree on the temporary general prohibition of movement and assembly of people in public places and areas in the Republic of Slovenia and the prohibition of movement outside municipalities. The ordinance will enter into force on Monday and will remain in force until revoked.
Forced to tighten
Minister of the Interior Ales Hojs in his introduction he expressed regret that the government was forced to tighten restrictions on movement. The reason for this is yesterday – footage from the coast, Bled and other tourist destinations. The government has recognized that the epidemic cannot be overcome in this way.
“We are sorry that the decree needs to be tightened. But if we do not adhere to this, unless we are met with common sense, this decree will have to be tightened,” Hojs said. “The devil made a joke, we have to take the epidemic of this virus seriously, with all responsibility and as a mature nation,” he added.
The ordinance consists of three segments: movement remains unrestricted throughout Slovenia for your movement for the purpose of coming to and from work, for carrying out economic, agricultural and forestry activities, for access to emergency pharmacies, when it is necessary to provide care for home or relatives; in the second segment the movement is restricted to municipalities. If these services are not provided in the municipality of residence, access is permitted to another municipality, but only to the nearest accessible service by public road or public route; a special article of the ordinance is access to park, promenade and recreational areas. The decree stipulates that this is only possible from midnight onwards in the municipality of permanent or temporary residence. It is necessary to choose either one or the other. So if you have a block of flats and a weekend in the country, you can move there for as long as you stay there. However, if you are already staying outside your permanent residence, you can stay there, and the Minister recommends that you arrange temporary residence online.
People are allowed to go shopping for parents who live in another county, but do not need other care.
However, when moving and holding in a public place, it is obligatory to use a protective mask or other form of mouth and nose protection, such as a scarf, scarf or similar protection covering the nose and mouth, as well as protective, while keeping a safe distance from other persons. gloves. In the absence of enough masks, a primitive way of scarves and scarves is also possible, said Minister Hojs.
He warned that if this delay is not restrained, further tightening will follow. He is convinced that additional infections will follow yesterday.
The proposal for a comprehensive anti-Crown law also provides for some measures in the public sector. Among other things, it brings a 30 percent reduction in salaries for some officials, and a new allowance for danger and special burdens for exposed public officials. The Minister of Public Administration is assessing the financial impact Boštjan Koritnik not yet.
The bill, among other things, provides for the possibility of temporary transfer of a public servant within the same employer or to another employer without the consent of the employee.
According to Koritnik, the initiatives were obtained mainly from health and social care, where each institution has its own employer. He cited an elderly home as an example, in which a large proportion of employees would become ill and could quickly transfer skilled employees from another home.
The wording of the law stipulates that in this case the transferred worker is entitled to a salary for the work he or she performs, unless he / she receives more in his / her previous job.
During an epidemic during which it is not possible to carry out other urgent tasks in another way, a superior civil servant may, without his or her consent, order full-time work. This may take up to 20 hours a week or 80 hours a month, and with the consent of a civil servant, even longer, the proposal states.
They also allow employers to conclude a fixed-term employment contract for reasons of urgent work needs without a public announcement of a vacancy. In this case, the employment contract may be concluded for a fixed term, but no longer than 30 September 2020.
Under this proposal, a civil servant may be sent in writing to wait until after May 31, 2020, due to an out-of-work epidemic, with a right to a wage compensation in the amount stipulated by the employment law in the event of temporary inability to provide works for a business reason. Koritnik does not yet have information on how many staff members could be put on hold at home.
The proposal also introduces an allowance for danger and special burdens at the time of the epidemic for all public sector employees who are above average at risk for their health or overburdened with epidemic management, Koritnik continued. The supplement may be up to 100 percent of the hourly rate of the employee's basic salary, which is decided by the manager, taking into account the level of risk exposure or overburdening and the amount of financial resources allocated to pay the supplement.
Employees posted to work abroad will also be eligible for the new allowance, as the pandemic has been declared, the minister said.
They will provide funding for the allowance in the budget, although the Beneficiary does not yet have an estimate of how much it will cost, since data on the number of employees who will be entitled to it are still being collected.
The minister also reminded of the proposal to reduce the salaries of all officials, including, among other things, the heads of the republic and the government and the ministers and deputies by 30 percent. The same will apply to former functionaries receiving salary compensation and those who will be appointed to that post. However, they will not lower their salaries for judicial officials, constitutional judges and mayors.
A civil servant and official who, due to a quarantine or force majeure, is unable to perform work will be entitled to a salary compensation in the amount stipulated by the Labor Relations Act in case of temporary inability to provide work for a business reason.
The bill also envisages changes in public procurement, raising the threshold for registered public contracts from EUR 20,000 to EUR 40,000 excluding VAT for the procurement of goods or services and from EUR 40,000 to EUR 80,000 for contracting works. According to Koritnik, this will enable faster procurement for essentials, especially for hospital equipment and the like.
Due to the state of emergency, distance education now replaces regular school work, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport said at a press conference tonight Simona Kustec. If students are unable to fulfill their study obligations due to the effects of the crisis, their status will be transferred to the next academic year. The prom remains for now.
“The main objective of the measures is to guarantee the right to education and scientific work even in emergency situations, as they do not provide organized forms at the moment. The proposed measures provide the conditions for the further course of the educational and scientific process at a distance and for the end of the school year,” the Minister presented the measures.
Primary, secondary and post-secondary education and adult education as well as all other forms of distance work with pupils, students and students are now conducted in accordance with the approved school calendar and are replacing the usual classroom performance, the minister said.
“Where necessary in the event of an emergency situation, it will also be necessary to adjust the assessment methods, promotion decisions, certification and certification deadlines, modalities and time limits for carrying out the national assessment, in order to ensure rights,” she explained.
For now, they are also not considering any changes to the matura exam: “If the distance education is conducted in this way, then the school year will be completed within the deadlines. It is known that due to the fact that the learning process does not take place in a physical form, knowledge testing will have to be adjusted. and we will be able to identify these changes as soon as possible. For the time being, the uniform assessment of the profession is that the matriculation should be performed. ”
She also stressed that they were not considering extending the school year into the summer. That's why telework is now legally defined as equivalent to classroom learning, she explained.
The measures also address the problems of high school students, apprentices and students who may not be able to complete the practical work of education. The Minister explained that they would be considered to have passed if they had a positive assessment in the professional modules in the final year.
Higher education institutions will be able to accept changes to the compulsory study programs for the current year. Students of higher and higher education who, due to emergency situations, will not be able to complete their obligations on a regular basis, will be granted the right to extend their status during the next academic year.
In the field of research, the implementation of the research and infrastructure programs, which expire on 31 December, will be extended by one year, with the annual funding remaining unchanged.
Public authority holders who do not provide public services at the time of the epidemic should not charge these users, the minister explained. “The employees of these institutions will receive compensation from wages and non-implementation costs from the budget. This also applies in the case of the provision of services, for example, in private kindergartens, to which 85% of the budget will be allocated for each child,” the minister explained.
Like other self-employed people, the government will provide extraordinary assistance in the amount of universal basic income to self-employed people in education, education and sports, who cannot carry out their activities at the outbreak of the epidemic: $ 350 for March and $ 700 for April and May. The Minister warned that those who have unpaid tax liabilities on the day the law enters into force are not eligible.
Minister of Labor John Cigler King reiterated what Minister of the Economy Zdravko Počivalšek had already said at a previous press conference: the employer must pay a non-tax crisis allowance of 200 euros to the workers who are still working.
The validity of all entitlements from public funds (financial social assistance, childcare allowance, child benefit and others expiring on or after 31 March) is renewed monthly for one month, until the end of the month in which the measures by the government will be canceled.
For large families with three children, the bill provides a $ 100 supplement, and for families with four or more children a $ 200 supplement, in addition to the allowance they already receive.
Employers who are forced to send employees on hold will receive full compensation, which is set at 80 percent of the employee's salary. The same applies to workers who stay at home for childcare, border closures or the cancellation of public transport.
Seniors are entitled to a one-off solidarity payment. It will be received by those with pensions below $ 700. The allowance will be paid in three different amounts: $ 300 for pensions up to $ 500, $ 230 for pensions from $ 501 to $ 600, and $ 130 for pensions from $ 601 to $ 700. The benefit will not be counted against the income to determine entitlements from public funds under the law governing social security benefits, since the basic purpose of the supplement is to improve the social position of beneficiaries. Also, the solidarity allowance received will not require the payment of personal income tax and health insurance contributions, nor will it be subject to tax enforcement.
He emphasized that they are entitled to basic income by s. p.s which have been severely declining since February 2020. This will be noted by Furs. Income will not be taxed.