The provision of work should, however, be done in accordance with the recommendations of the health authorities, namely with regard to hygiene and the necessary distance between people.
Decree-Law no. 10-A / 2020, of 13-3, establishes (in its articles 26, 27 and 28) extraordinary financial support for the reduction of the self-employed person’s economic activity.
Granted to self-employed workers who are exclusively covered by the respective regime (and who are not pensioners), subject to the fulfillment of the contributory obligation for at least 3 consecutive months for at least 12 months, this support lasts for one month (and can be extended up to a maximum of six months) and will be paid from the month following the filing of the application.
Its value corresponds to that of the remuneration recorded as a base of contributory incidence, but its maximum limit is the value of the Social Support Index (fixed at € 438.81 for 2020).
And its assignment depends on the self-employed person being in a situation of total stoppage of his activity (or the activity of the respective sector), as a result of the pandemic of COVID-19, which must be confirmed by a declaration of his own, under honor (or the certified accountant in the case of self-employed workers in the organized accounting regime).
Once this financial support is granted, and as long as it is being paid, the self-employed person remains obliged (as the case may be) to the quarterly social security statement. Nevertheless, you will be entitled to defer payment of contributions due in the months in which you are receiving extraordinary financial support (such payment must be made from the second month after the respective termination and within a maximum period of 12 months, in monthly installments and equals).
If the decree of a state of emergency does not determine the closure of your employer, your situation remains as it is: you will remain “low” until the end of the period, after which you are either able to return to work or, not being , you should prolong the “low” until this happens.
Conversely, if, by virtue of the decree of a state of emergency, the company your employer terminates, once the period of “termination” is over, you will remain at home, but receive what your colleagues will also be entitled to – and which will depend on the regime applicable to case. Thus, if the said company is not, at the closing date, in a situation of crisis such that it jeopardizes its own viability and the maintenance of jobs (hypothesis that, if verified, allows it to apply the so-called lay -off), must maintain, throughout the period of suspension of activity, the payment of remuneration to its workers.
However, this obligation does not concern the totality, but only 75% of the amount of the remuneration due, nor does it include non-remunerative benefits (such as meal and transport allowances, when paid to workers). However, if the gravity of the situation in which the company makes it possible to use the lay-off, the respective workers will receive, during the same closing period, two thirds of their remuneration (with this amount as the minimum and maximum limits, respectively, one and three times the minimum wage, set at € 635.00 for 2020).