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Government announces new stimulus measures as Coronavirus impact escalates australia

The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new,time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight. This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment,Youth Allowance jobseeker,Parenting…

Cash transfers, Unemployment, Employment of young workers covid19, Emergency grants, youth employment, family Published Measures summary https://westernweekender.com.au/2020/03/government-announces-new-stimulus-measu… socpro
Bangladesh - Government and institution measures in response to COVID-19 bangladesh

Direct cash assistance of BDT 7.6bn (approx. USD91mn) for informal sector workers.

Cash transfers covid19 Published Measures summary https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2020/04/bangladesh-government-and-institu… socpro
Unemployment assistance expanded to self employed persons outside of tourism sector

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest has announced the expansion of the unemployment assistance programme for self-employed persons outside of the tourism sector. They too will receive a benefit payment of $200 per weeks for the length of the quarantine period which at…

Unemployment, Extension of coverage covid19, extending coverage, self-employed Published Measures summary https://ewnews.com/govt-announces-200-weekly-payments-for-eligible-self-employed socpro
Bangladesh - Government and institution measures in response to COVID-19 bangladesh

Prime Minister launched the disbursement of BDT 12.5bn (approx. USD 142m) cash aid for 5 million poor families. Each family will get BDT 2,500 (USD 30) cash through mobile financial services (MFSs).

Cash transfers covid19 Published Measures summary https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2020/04/bangladesh-government-and-institu… socpro
Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave flexibilities now available australia

An entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been introduced for private sector state system employees. New flexibility provisions enabling employers and employees to agree to an employee taking twice as much annual leave at half pay or to agree for the employee to take annual leave in…

Cash sickness benefits, Safety and health at work, Unemployment covid19, OSH Published Measures summary https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/unpaid-pandemic-leave-and-annual-l… socpro
Applications for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit are now open canada

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students,and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (…

Unemployment, Employment of young workers covid19 Published Measures summary https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/applications-canada-emergency-student-benefit-n… socpro
Korea: Text alerting on COVID-19 outbreak areas/zones korea, Republic of

sciencedirect.com (05.05.2020) One of the most effective ways that the Korean government rapidly dispersed these daily updates is emergency SMS messages. All citizens receive daily alert messages through their mobile phones from their local authorities. The alert message arrives with a 40–60 db…

One of the most effective ways that the Korean government rapidly dispersed these daily updates is emergency SMS messages. The government provided free smartphone apps and flagged infection areas with text alerts for testing and local cases. Other free mobile applications have been used for…

ICT has played a vital role in fighting against COVID-19 in Korea.
Mobile devices were used to support early testing and contact tracing.
Advanced ICT was particularly useful in disseminating key emergency
information on virus and helping to maintain extensive ‘social distancing

Health promotion, Health Insurance, E-services, Communication communication, covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590198220300221 mmarquez
Korea: Subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated or hospitalized korea, Republic of

oecd.org (16.04.2020) Provision of a subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated (both self-isolation and hospitalisation) to support their living costs and penalises those who are suspected to be infected if they refuse to receive diagnostic test or subsequent treatment or go through self-…

Provision of a subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated (both self-isolation and hospitalisation) to support their living costs and penalises those who are suspected to be infected if they refuse to receive diagnostic test or subsequent treatment or go through self-isolation.

Korea provides tests and subsequent treatment free of charge to patients and the cost is covered by central and local governments and the health insurance public corporation. South Korea also provides a subsidy to individuals who need to be isolated (both self-isolation and hospi

Health, Health Insurance, Financing covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/beyond-containment-health-sys… mmarquez
Korea: Zero out-of-pocket payment when suspected of infection with coronavirus korea, Republic of

oecd.org and mhis.or.kr (02.02.2020) Korea provides tests and subsequent treatment free of charge to patients and the cost is covered by central and local governments and the health insurance public corporation (the National Health Insurance covers 80% and the central government the remaining 20…

Korea provides tests and subsequent treatment free of charge to patients and the cost is covered by central and local governments and the health insurance public corporation (the National Health Insurance covers 80% and the central government the remaining 20%).

“Zero” Out-of-Pocket Payment
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> A verage cost of COVID-19 treatment is approximately 8,000 USD in
Korea. But the cost is “0” for patients. When a suspicious case or a case
recommended for medical examination is found in Korea, National Health
Insurance covers 80

Health Insurance, Financing covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/beyond-containment-health-sys… mmarquez
Saudi Arabia: Training programs for employees saudi arabia

pension.gov.sa (03.09.2020) The Public Pension Agency has implemented training programs for its employees during remote working so as to better cater their customers during the confinement period.

The Public Pension Agency has implemented training programs for its employees during remote working so as to better cater their customers during the confinement period.

See pdf sent by the PPA from Saudi Arabia (also added as a complete pdf).

Service quality covid19, customer_services Published Measures summary https://www.pension.gov.sa/MediaCenter/AgencyNews/NewsDetails/4/468 mmarquez
Saudi Arabia: Extension of entitlement period of 3 months saudi arabia

pension.gov.sa (03.09.2020) Entension of entitlements period of 3 months for beneficiaries who were to suspend their entitlements.

Entension of entitlements period of 3 months for beneficiaries who were to suspend their entitlements.

Old age Pensions covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.pension.gov.sa/MediaCenter/AgencyNews/NewsDetails/4/468 mmarquez
Saudi Arabia: Increase in customer attention hours at the Public Pension Agency saudi arabia

Public Pension Agency (28.04.2020) The call center is fully prepared and staffed (remotely) throughout the month of Ramadan to receive all incoming calls, and to deal with them as determined by the nature of the required service throughout the week from Sunday to Thursday from ten in the morning…

E-services, Client, Service quality, Service delivery communication, covid19, service delivery Published Measures summary https://www.pension.gov.sa/MediaCenter/AgencyNews/NewsDetails/3/491 mmarquez
Monitoring COVID-19 impact on older persons Asia

Help Age Asia (2020) As part of an Asia-Pacific regional initiative, HelpAge International and partner organisations are producing bimonthly briefs to summarise trends in the situation of older people and responses to their situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Old age Pensions covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://ageingasia.org/monitoring-covid-19-impact/ pmassetti
Chile: Early withdrawal of up to 10% of mandatory individual accounts chile

Luego que esta tarde la Cámara de Diputadas y Diputados aprobara el proyecto de reforma constitucional que permite retirar el 10% de los fondos de pensiones de las cuentas de capitalización individual obligatoria, la Superintendencia de Pensiones (SP) emitió dos oficios con instrucciones con el…

To help provide financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chile's president approved a law on July 24 that allows participants of the country's mandatory individual account pension program to withdraw up to 10 percent of their account balances; for most participants, the minimum withdrawal…

Old age Pensions, Covid-19 covid19 Published Measures summary https://diariolaquinta.cl/2020/07/23/superintendencia-de-pensiones-instruye-a-l… mmarquez
Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings

Reuters (14.09.2020) A collective failure by political leaders to heed warnings and prepare for an infectious disease pandemic has transformed “a world at risk” to a “world in disorder”, according to a report on international epidemic preparedness.

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-pandemic-warning/pandemic-… pmassetti
Netherlands: Agreement on the details of the pension agreement netherlands

The government website (04.07.2020) The cabinet and social partners have reached final agreement on the details of the pension agreement. The new system will be more transparent. Workers and retirees gain a clearer insight into the accumulated assets. It also provides a realistic expectation and…

Old age Pensions, Service quality adequacy, services quality Published Measures summary https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/pensioen/nieuws/2020/07/04/overeenstem… siha
Netherlands: Parliament agrees to Dutch pensions reform but questions remain netherlands

IPE (15.07.2020) Despite heavy opposition resistance against “breaking down the world’s best pensions system”, the Dutch parliament agreed yesterday to the switch to a new defined contribution (DC) contract which includes a lifecycle system and personal pension pots. However, many questions on…

Old age Pensions, Service quality policy reponse Published_SS_Monitor https://www.ipe.com/news/parliament-agrees-to-dutch-pensions-reform-but-questio… siha
France : Covid 19 - La facture très salée des tests PCR pour la Sécurité sociale france

capital.fr (07.09.2020) Le coût des tests généralisés du COVID 19 est très important et la Sécurité sociale est directement impactée.

Cash sickness benefits, Health Insurance covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.capital.fr/entreprises-marches/la-facture-tres-salee-des-tests-pcr-… gfilhon
Readiness of working remotely: Actions taken by the Public Pension Agency of Saudi Arabia (PPA) under the Covid19- pandemic saudi arabia

(May 2020)  The readiness of PPA enabled it to continue providing services electronically immediately after suspending the attendance in wokplaces. Thus, PPA managed to adopt the method of working remotely for all employees (+700 employees) participate in this new method of work, by taking an…

Risk management, ICT, ISSA institution covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://iskm.issa.int/sites/default/files/2020-09/PPA.pdf pmassetti
EU: Telecommuting because of the corona virus - which country’s social security applies? european union, finland

Finnish Centre for Pensions (02.04.2020) The European Commission has published instructions regarding the mobility of workers in EU during the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona epidemic. The Commission states that the regulations on the coordination of social security systems…

The European Commission has published instructions regarding the mobility of workers in EU during the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona epidemic. The Commission states that the regulations on the coordination of social security systems continue to be valid. The temporary exceptional…

Due to the corona virus, many who work abroad now telecommute from their home country. The telecommuting may affect which country’s social security is applied to the worker.

Because of the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona epidemic, work abroad has changed in unforeseen ways.

Extension of coverage, Covid-19 covid19, extending coverage, international_agreement Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.etk.fi/en/topical-issues/telecommuting-because-of-the-corona-virus-… siha
Switzerland: COVID-19 temporary derogation with respect to individual tax and social security agreements for frontier workers finally extended until December 31, 2020 france, switzerland

RSM Switzerland (28.08.2020)With the current worsening of the sanitary situation, further intense discussions, France and Switzerland finally agreed on a new extension of both social security and tax derogation schemes until December 31, 2020, to enable frontier workforce to keep high volume of…

In the view of current worsening of the sanitary situation, the Swiss Federal Social Security Office confirmed on August 17, 2020 that an agreement has been reached with France to extend flexible approach until December 31, 2020. In application, disregarding the number of working days spent on…

SOCIAL SECURITY | FLEXIBLE APPROACH ON ENROLLMENT RULES EXTENDED UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2020 AS WELL.

  • During the health crisis, the overriding rule was that the social insurance liability should not change due to the restrictions on COVID-19 and that a person remained considered to be
Compliance and Contribution Collection, Bilateral agreement, Covid-19 contribution collection, covid19, international_agreement Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.rsm.global/switzerland/news/covid-19-temporary-derogation-respect-i… siha
Switzerland: Simplified regulations for ALV are being extended switzerland

Federal Department of Economics, Education and Research (26.08.2020) Bern, - Additional hours that are built up outside of short-time working phases should not have to be temporarily deducted from lost work. This was decided by the Federal Council on August 26, 2020. In addition, income from…

Two provisions of the AVIV Unemployment Insurance Ordinance remain valid:

Bern, 08/26/2020 - Additional hours that are built up outside of short-time working phases should not have to be temporarily deducted from lost work. This was decided by the Federal

Unemployment, Extension of coverage, Covid-19 covid19, extending coverage, youth employment Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.wbf.admin.ch/wbf/de/home/dokumentation/nsb-news_list.msg-id-80183.h… siha
UNAIDS calls for urgent action to strengthen social protection programmes in the face of COVID-19

UNAIDS (26.08.2020) UNAIDS is calling on governments to strengthen HIV-sensitive social protection responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

People living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are being significantly impacted by COVID-19. Modelling has estimated the potential catastrophic impacts of…

Health, Social Policies & Programmes covid19 Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive… mmarquez
Gender-sensitive policies as response to COVID-19

UNDP (August 2020) The COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker monitors policy measures enacted by governments worldwide to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, and highlights responses that have integrated a gender lens. It includes national measures that are directly addressing women’s economic and…

Cash sickness benefits, Family benefits, Employment, Covid-19 covid19, family_gender_society, gender_and_inequality Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/covid-19-gender-dashboard.html mmarquez
COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor Europe

The Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) has been designed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to collect and organize up-to-date information on how countries are responding to the crisis. It focuses primarily on the responses of health systems but also captures wider public health initiatives…

Covid-19 covid19 Proposition_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://www.covid19healthsystem.org/mainpage.aspx mmarquez