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Articles | 2017-06-05

Legislative Changes in Labour Law | May 2017


  1. Regulation 174/2017, dated as of May 26:


This regulation aims to extend the working conditions contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed between AGEFE - Associação Empresarial dos Sectores Elétrico, Eletrodoméstico, Fotográfico e Eletrónico and FEPCES - Federação Portuguesa dos Sindicatos do Comércio, Escritórios e Serviços e outros, published in the “Boletim do Trabalho e do Emprego”, n.º 5, February 8, 2017.

The referred Collective Bargaining Agreement then includes, in addition to the labour relations between employers and workers affiliated with the associations that settled it:

  • The labour relations between employers who are not affiliated to the granting employers' association engaged in wholesale trade and/or importation of electrical, electronic, computer, home appliance, photographic or watchmaking equipment, as well as related activities, including services, and workers employed by them in the professions and professional categories provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement; and

  • Employment relationships between employers affiliated to the granting employers' association exercising the abovementioned economic activity and workers at their service of the professions and professional categories provided in the agreement not represented by the granting trade union.


However, are excluded from the extension operated by the Regulation:

  • The employers affiliated to the “Associação Portuguesa das Empresas do Sector Elétrico e Eletrónico”; and

  • The workers affiliated to the “Federação Intersindical das Indústrias Metalúrgicas, Químicas, Elétricas, Farmacêutica, Celulose, Papel, Gráfica, Imprensa, Energia e Minas — FIEQUIMETAL”.


 

  1. Law 29/2017, dated as of May 26:


This law transposes, into national law, the Directive 2014/54/EU of the European Parliament and Council, of 16 April 2014, laying down measures simplifying the uniform application and practical implementation of rights relating to the employees’ free movement, particularly in the context of the placement of workers between European Union Member States.

 

  1. Decree-Law 53-A/2017, dates as of May 31:


This Decree-Law proceeds to the ninth amendment to Decree-Law 220/2006, which establishes the legal regime of social protection in the event of unemployment. This modification only affected two articles of the diploma (articles 28 and 30), specifically regarding the reduction of the unemployment benefit’s amounts when the benefit has been provided for more than 180 days and the concept of reference salary.
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