The agreement supports improving the quality of training courses while allowing companies to benefit from greater flexibility. The agreement will enter into force on August 31 and expire on December 31, 2020. However, partial unemployment, which will be in place before the end of the year, may last until 30 April 2021, thus extending the scope of the agreement until that date. The parties agreed to evaluate the agreement in early November with the possibility of an extension. His comments were shared by the main private sector unions, the United Federation of Danish Workers (3F) and the Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees (HK). The employers` organisations, the Danish Employers` Confederation (DA) and the Danish Industries Association (IDE), are also convinced that the new agreement meets their skills needs. As a result of this agreement, the government and social partners agreed to urge employers to exercise flexibility and agreement if one of their employee`s children is tested positive or is sent home because of close contact with an infected person. On 15 March 2020, the government and social partners agreed on a tripartite agreement on a temporary wage compensation system for private sector workers. The agreement is an important contribution by the government and social partners to ensure that COVID-19 affects the work and livelihoods of Danes as little as possible.
The agreement introduces a new subsidized employment program for private companies wishing to hire or hire apprentices. By the end of the year, these companies will receive 75% of the current wages of apprentices. In addition, companies receive a wage subsidy of 45 per cent for new apprenticeships and up to 90 per cent of regular training contracts. The wage subsidy plan applies from May 1 to December 31, 2020. Later this week (week 12), the government will seek Parliament`s approval of the wage compensation system, which is expected to result in appropriate legislation. In this context, a number of labour law issues need to be addressed, for example. B with regard to dismissal from the new holiday year, the base of the detachment of home staff without payment, which must be sent home with dismissal dates already terminated and/or unpaid, etc. In addition, it is likely that it will be possible to extend the compensation system necessary for the operation of the business, so that companies can, after the first group, send additional staff home and be compensated for the wage costs of that subsequent group.
The Corona crisis significantly changed the labour market in 2020 and triggered the adoption of new tripartite agreements between the Danish government and social partners to protect workers. The government and social partners have agreed on a new compensation model for the seven municipalities in northern Jutland that are affected by new local restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The agreement aims to prevent further layoffs of workers and support companies affected by the high rate of infection in northern Jutland. Under normal circumstances, companies help finance the cost of unemployment by paying the first two days of unemployment for laid-off workers. In order to finance the costs of this partial unemployment programme, employers pay a monthly fee corresponding to all workers affected by the agreement during the first three days of unemployment.