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Vroutsis: Greek Gov’t Succeeded in Controlling Job Loss during COVID-19 Crisis

ATHENS – The government's plans to limit loss of jobs after the coronavirus outbreak in Greece will continue, Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis said on Wednesday, through July.

At a joint press conference with the ministers of Finance and Investments following a televised address by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Vroutsis said the labor force's database Ergani showed zero layoffs after March 18, when job retention measures kicked in, through April.

For those who have seasonal employment and are out of work this summer (nearly 120,000 people), they will receive unemployment benefits and employers will be provided incentives to rehire them.

Vroutsis also said employees whose jobs are suspended will receive up to 534 in support through July, while hard-hit businesses will be allowed to reduce work hours by 50 pct. In such cases, up to 60 pct of monthly wages will be covered by the state, while employers will be responsible for the same level of insurance payments, regardless of their staff's reduced schedules.

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