Amendments to the Labour Code and Related Legislation

Amendments to the Labour Code and Related Legislation

Decent work agenda and Valuing Young People in the Labour Market framework

Amendments to the Labour Code and Related Legislation

In accordance with Law n.º 13/2023, of April 3, the obligations relating to the Compensation Funds are suspended until the changes to the legal regimes of the Compensation Fund

Additionally, please find below some of the main measures of the “Decent work agenda”

Parental Leave

  • The father's exclusive parental leave is increased from 20 to 28 consecutive days
  • The benefit is increased when parental leave is shared, equally, between father and mother, and, as of 120 days, the leave may be used part-time by both parents, increasing the total duration
  • Exemptions and licenses are extended to those who want to adopt or be foster families.

Bereavement leave

  • Leave for death of spouse increases from 5 to 20 days
  • Gestational bereavement leave (due to the death of the baby during pregnancy) is created, which can go up to 3 days.

Sick leave

  • Sick leave can be taken through the SNS24, without having to go to a hospital or health center. These leaves can be requested up to a maximum of 3 days, twice a year.

Internships and Employment Contracts

  • The payment for professional internships is now at least 80% of the national minimum wage
  • Young workers/students can accumulate family allowance and scholarships with their salary
  • The duration of temporary contracts is now limited and can only be renewed a maximum of four times
  • Digital platform workers (for transport and delivery, such as TVDE) are considered employees.


  • The right to telework, without the need for an agreement, is extended to parents with children with disabilities, chronic illnesses or oncological illnesses.

Informal caregivers

  • Informal non-main caregivers now have a five-day leave and the right to 15 days of justified absence
  • Informal caregivers now have the right to telework, flex time, or part time.

Source: Government Portal. 

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