BEm Assistance: Project to reduce hours and postponed wages

BEm Assistance: Project to reduce hours and postponed wages
BEm Assistance: Project to reduce hours and postponed wages
With the return of emergency aid this week, the government is expected to announce the extension of the workload and wage reduction program soon. The measure that allows the government to complete the employee’s salary, will also authorize the temporary suspension of the employment contract.

The program is expected to serve 4 million workers, which is the maximum amount of agreements between companies and employees that can be made for the amount determined to fund the program, about R $ 9.8 billion. The proceeds will pay wage compensations in addition to operating costs.

Initially, the government forecast was to allocate between R $ 5.8 billion and R $ 6.5 billion to BEm, to carry out 2.7 million to 3 million agreements. In 2020, the government funded the program with R $ 33.5 billion to the program, which registered more than 10 million agreements.

However, the reopening of the program as well as its extraordinary credit are stagnant. That’s because the Budget Guidelines Law (LDO) of 2021 requires compensation for spending, according to the Ministry of Economy. One of the articles in the law allows a new benefit to be paid for with a promise of compensation.

The government’s economic team is studying possibilities to resolve the impasse. An alternative is to create a new bill that changes the LDO and unlock the resource. Another option is to find a source of payments for compensation.

Economy Minister Paulo Guedes announced that the program would return with funding from this medium. The situation has been fueling ideas for a possible new public calamity decree, which would unlock BEm’s resources. However, government economists do not support this idea, due to the opening to more spending considered unnecessary for the moment.

The president of the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel), Paulo Solmucci, mentions that President Jair Bolsonaro had said that on January 27 that in 15 days he would give a return on the BEm reissue. “If I had responded in 15 days, we would have saved layoffs and closed companies,” warned Solmucci.

However, the new program must be edited in the same way as the previous one. Agreements to reduce hours and wages will be proportional to 25%, 50% or 70%, or temporary suspension of the employment contract. For this, the government helps the worker by paying an emergency benefit, calculated on the amount of unemployment insurance to which he would be entitled if he were to leave the company.

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