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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Newsletter September, 2020

Croatia: tripartite taskforce sets new measures to shorten the workweek and support employers

September, 2020
  • Croatia introduced a shortened workweek to support companies in their recovery phase 
  • Social dialogue was at the foundation of this initiative 
  • Business with over 10 employees significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis can receive financial support to compensate labour costs 
Newsletter July, 2020

Telefónica Spain invests in SMEs

July, 2020
  • The company participates in the digitalisation of SMEs and provide some advanced payment to its small and medium size suppliers

Mastercard new initiative in support of SMEs

July, 2020
  • Mastercard commits USD 250 million for financial, technology, product and insight assets support in US and other countries.
  • Additional USD 33 million will be given to reboot Indian SMEs, especially on business digitalisation and access to finance.
Newsletter May, 2020

New Law Bans Dismissals for Economic Reasons in Argentina, Italy and Spain

May, 2020
  • Governments of Argentina, Italy and Spain enacted a law to ban dismissals to avoid lay off procedures.
  • Employers’ organisations in those countries strongly reacted against this measure.

IOE becomes a Global Information Hub for Covid-19

May, 2020
  • IOE offered a new range of services to its members.
  • IOE called for the creation of a UN-led response fund.

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