The new law introduces a series of amendments to various aspects in the field of disabled persons’ rights. The most relevant from an employment perspective are listed below.
The definitions for the following terms are amended: ‘reasonable adaptation of the workplace’, ‘assisted employment’ and ‘authorised protected unit’.
In relation to the integration of disabled individuals within work, the law states that employers must ensure disabled individuals have access of to an adapted workplace, as appropriate, in accordance with the functional potential and the adaptation capacity of the workers in question.
The new rules expressly mention that equality of opportunities, accessibility of the workplace and the adaptation of duties in accordance with the functional potential of the worker in question are guaranteed to disabled individuals in employment relations.
The fine limits applicable in the employment field have been increased, as follows:
Further amendments relating to certain economic operators’ obligation to employ a certain percentage of disabled individuals and the alternatives to this obligation are also close to being promulgated by the President.
The Law no. 145/22.07.2020 on the amendment and completion of Law no. 448/2006 was published in the Official Gazette no. 648 dated 22 July 2020.