On account of the corona pandemic, during 2020 the Riksdag decided on a number of forms of crisis support in order to save jobs and to enable healthy companies to make it through the pandemic. Now, the Riksdag believes that this crisis support needs to be adjusted to enable it to reach its intended recipients to a greater extent. The Riksdag therefore called on the Government by way of two announcements to act as follows.
- The Government should, as quickly as possible, review the rules for short-term layoffs to help companies in severely affected sectors to retain their employees.
- The Government should, as quickly as possible, address certain shortcomings in existing crisis support for sole traders. The regulatory framework should be made more flexible as regards the period used for comparison for self-employed sole traders who have been on parental leave or sick leave during previous years. The rules should be reviewed so that adjustment support can be granted for self-employed sole traders who have been receiving unemployment benefit.
The proposals for announcements are both committee initiatives. This means that the committee in question has presented the proposals on its own initiative and that they are not based on proposals from the Government or private members' motions.