ammannet.net (05/09/2022) Over the past years Jordan has been facing many challenges including a substantial population increase that includes many refugees; lower rates of economic growth; rising public debt, unemployment and poverty; the COVID-19 pandemic; and challenging geopolitical regional events. Expectedly social protection has moved into the centre of the policy agenda. This Policy Brief discusses Jordan’s expanding needs for social protection as well as the need for structural reforms.
Official Gazette Jordan (16.04.2020) The Tadamun (Solidarity in Arabic) I and II programs is a work suspension allowance targeted to both work institutions covered under social security (Tadamun I) and for those excluded from it (Tadamun II). Tadamun I applies to employers that have contributed for at least 12 months to the Social Security Corporation (SSC).
The first programme, Tadamun (solidarity) 1, will cover institutions that are already covered by the SSC. Jordanians, Gazans and children of Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians will benefit from this programme, with employees receiving 50 per cent of their salaries provided that the amount ranges between JD165 and JD500. The employer will pay 20 per cent, with a maximum of JD250, Rahahleh said.
Private-sector employers can choose to suspend employer and employee contributions to the country's old-age pension program for 3 months starting in March. In the case where firms will choose to do so, they will only pay 5.25% as contribution rate, instead of 21.75%. Employers who choose not to do so may instead defer their contributions for this 3-month period and pay them over a period extending to the end of 2023 with no interest.
almamlakatv.com (17.04.2020) The Minister of Social Development Basma Ishaqat has announced the largest social protection programme to support daily wage workers. Cash transfers will be delivered starting from next Wednesday through digital means. Applying for the programme is possible online through the pre-existing 'bread support cash assistance application website.' The programme will support 200,000 households no longer able to work due to the crisis.
Labour Ministry announces 2-week official paid leave for public sector employees and will not be deducted from employees’ annual leave quota.