Thursday, January 30, 2014

Incentives for employers in Romania

State incentives for employers supporting underprivileged individuals may be considered a successful technique aiming to balance certain labour areas which were previously considered with risk. Being familiar with basic legal regulations specific for this domain becomes compulsory since we are all socially committed to integrate these persons.

According to latest changes in this area there are several categories of Romanian employees which can be considered as highly vulnerable groups in terms of employment-to-population ratio. Various programs manage this situation by imposing a set of regulations which are generally understood as consistent benefits offered to employers in order to take into consideration these underprivileged groups. We shall provide a comprehensive list of all classes of employees which are to be regarded as preferential as connected to the general need of labour market equilibrium. As expected, the most disputed category is represented by graduates who are visibly exposed because of the lack of experience. Incentives increase according to educational background and employers must not use a limited duration employment contract, they have to hire these individuals for at least 18 months. If these prerequisites are not fulfilled, the employer must repay subsidies for each individual plus the NBR’s Reference Interest Rate. Another group that is considered as highly disadvantaged refers to unemployed people who are over 45 years old.  Incentives for employers in Romania indicate that those companies hiring this specific category of individuals will receive monthly funds (equal to 1 X social reference indicator) for one year.

Unemployed single parents are as well considered as a vulnerable category and employers hiring these individuals are to receive financial stimuli. A rather particular category is represented by unemployed individuals who are able to retire in five years after being recruited. For this specific situation, employers will receive a monthly fund equal to 1 X social reference indicator till the retirement of the individual in question (with implicit specific requirements emphasizing the condition to keep hired the nominated person). Recruitment of people with disabilities is also taken into account. Employment protection in Romania builds policies in order to encourage this practice and those companies hiring individuals in this category shall receive a monthly sum equal to 1 X social reference indicator, for one year.

Latest stipulations introduce one distinctive group which concerns young people at risk of lifetime disadvantage. These are individuals, aged 16-26, already registered with the employment office in their area, part of the child welfare system or deriving from it, are persons with disabilities, have no family or their current family cannot help them, have dependent children, executed one or more custodial sentences, are victims of human trafficking. Employers hiring them are called “angajatori de insertie” and they benefit from a special treatment. These young people will have to conclude a particular contract with the National Agency for Employment and this contract is known as “contract de solidaritate”. The provided incentives for the employer are equal to the basic salary, valid when the individual is hired. This sum will be provided monthly untill the “contract de solidaritate” expires. As you can see, regulations regarding incentives for employers in Romania may prove difficult to approach and understating the legal background becomes necessary if willing to optimally function according to specified requirements. Hiring these particular categories of individuals is a benefit for both employer and society and we strongly support both sides. Our team is always available to provide any supplementary detail related to this topic.  

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