A new opportunity arises regarding Internship Law

On 13 September 2017 the Government adopted the Internship Law Project and sent it to Parliament with a urgent request for its approval. The Internship Law Project provides that both newcomers and employers will join forces for a specific period to facilitate the transition of teenagers who are at least 16 years old from school to the workplace.

Private and public entities who enter into an employment agreement with an intern within 60 days of the completion of the internship will receive a bonus from the program. The bonus is about Euro 1,000. The government will pay the bonus after 24 months of continuous employment based on the employment agreement.

During a calendar year, the enterprise conducting the internship program may simultaneously conclude internship agreements for multiple interns, but not for a number exceeding 5% of the total number of employees. To be eligible for a qualifying internship agreement, the employer must have at least five current employment agreements. These internship agreements are then registered with the National Register of Internship Agreements in the National Employment Agency.

An intern is entitled to a monthly payment granted by the enterprise conducting the internship program. The compensation must equal 50% of the minimum gross salary established at the national level. During the internship program, the employer must register the intern with the social health insurance system and pay the related contributions if the intern is not already insured.

The intern`s activity is governed by an internship agreement. The maximums allowed are six hours per day, 30 hours per week, and five days at work must be followed by two consecutive rest days. Overtime is strictly precluded. At the completion of the internship program, the intern receives an internship certificate.

As a general rule (and subject to certain further restrictions), the enterprise conducting the internship program is not eligible to enter into an internship agreement if:
• the enterprise has previously entered into an employment agreement with the intern;
• the enterprise is insolvent or has entered into bankruptcy proceedings;
• in the last 12 months the enterprise has reduced the number of the employees because of collective redundancies;
• the enterprise as a legal obligation to hire graduates.

The Internship Law Project can be amended by the Parliament before approving the final version. Please refer to future editions of our newsletter to keep abreast of further developments in the proposal.

If you have any questions or need further clarification about this topic, please contact our Partner, Andrei Albulescu, at andrei.albulescu@stratulat-albulescu.ro or the Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law office at: office@stratulat-albulescu.ro

Phone no: +40 (21) 316 87 49.

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