To encourage people to continue working beyond retirement age, the decree grants those who have passed that age the right to disability allowances during the first six months of primary disability if they are full-time employees and have not yet received their retirement pensions. The measure will take effect from 1 January 2019.
The second decree has to do with maternity allowances for self-employed workers and assisting spouses. The existing mechanism of payment deadlines sometimes delayed the payment of benefits. The text approved on Friday allows for other modes of payment. In this way, from 2019 onward, self-employed persons will receive their maternity allowances on a monthly basis and not at the end of their maternity leave, which left them without income for months on end. This decree will apply to all maternity leave starting 1 January 2019.