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Published 27.04.2020 16:54
Botswana Cabinet donates 10% of their salaries to Covid-19 Fund.
Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his cabinet ministers have agreed to donate 10 percent of their monthly salaries for six months to support the country’s Covid-19 relief fund. The Covid-19 relief fund was set-up by the government to allow members of the public, Non-Governmental Organisations, companies as well as institutions…
Published 27.04.2020 16:32
In Bulgaria, the government will cover 60% of the wages of the employees that would have been otherwise laid off.
In addition, the deadline for the annual financial statements and declarations will be extended to 30 June. The pandemic has especially harmed medium and small businesses. About 42% of startups in the country are at risk of going bankrupt in the next three months, according to the Bulgarian Startup Association.
Published 27.04.2020 13:45
In Sweden, employees receive more than 90 percent of their salary despite work reduction.
The government will take on 75 percent of the cost of the reduced hours. The measure will be applied from 16 March 2020 to 31 December 2020. This is one measure of an aid package that also includes temporary discounts for rental costs in affected industries and state credits guarantees…
Published 27.04.2020 13:39
In Poland, the government will contribute 40 percent of wages of employees.
It is within an aid package called ‘Tarcza antykryzysowa’ (“anti-crisis shield”). Companies will have to cover another 40 percent of the wages. Employers may cut their workers’ hours to part-time status and their salaries by 20 percent. Companies registered in tax havens will not receive aid. In Denmark, the government…
Published 27.04.2020 13:25
In Canada, the government announced a $2,000 stimulus check for workers and parents.
It will be paid every four weeks for four periods (8000$ in total). People can apply for the benefit by accessing it on a website or by calling a toll free number. A young man from Vancouver uploaded a video that has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube showing…
Published 27.04.2020 07:30
Hong Kong will fund half of the affected workers’ wages for six months.
Although it may not seem as a large economic relief, it is one of the longest in the world, as most countries are focusing on short-term help, for a month or two. However, the government has also previously given away a one-time payment of $1,285 to every adult permanent resident…
Published 26.04.2020 21:45
In Germany, the government expanded access to the short-term working scheme.
The programme, known as Kurzarbeit, allows employers to make hours shorter or send their workers home without having to lay off them. The measure allows the cut the production, but once the crisis is over, companies will get their staff back without having to look for new employees. Some 470,000…
Published 26.04.2020 21:00
In Denmark, the government offered private companies to cover 75 percent of salaries.
This measure aims at firms in danger of having to cut at least 30 percent of their workforce or at least 50 people. It will last for three months from the 9th of March to the 9th of June. The self-employed or temporary workers are not covered by this scheme.
Published 26.04.2020 20:45
In the Netherlands, the government has announced the scheme, known as “NOW”.
It includes temporary emergency salary subsidies to all employers whose revenues have fallen by 20 percent since the outbreak. It will pay their employees’ wages. Previously, an unemployment benefit for short-time working was cancelled. For small and medium businesses, a credit guarantee scheme was introduced.
Published 26.04.2020 12:17
In Spain, the government approved a €700-million aid package.
This is for vulnerable tenants, families and temporary workers. It includes suspension of evictions of vulnerable households for six months and the prohibition to cut supplies to all households. In addition, there is an aid of about 440 euros for temporary workers and benefits for domestic workers; the moratorium on…

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