Socially useful works

This article is written according to the legal status current as of: 2021-01-22

What is it?

It is a labour market instrument aimed at the unemployed. It is organized by commune offices, social welfare institutions and charity organizations. Socially useful works are carried out on the basis of the agreement between the district labour office and the commune office where the unemployed person lives or resides. The district labour office returns up to 60% of the minimum allowance (paid out to the unemployed) to the commune office.

Who can be assigned to carry out socially useful works?

The person can be assigned to carry out socially useful works if he/she:

  • is an unemployed person without the right to the benefit who receives any social welfare benefits;
  • signed a social contract as a result of assignment issued by the district labour office;
  • participates in an individual program whose aim is to help an unemployed person become independent, individual program of social employment or any other program of the social welfare if the unemployed person was assigned to participate in such a program by the district labour office.

The assigned person can carry out socially useful works for up to 10 hours per week.

What institutions can organize socially useful works?

It may be organized by:

  • commune offices,
  • social welfare institutions,
  • charity organizations.

Useful information

The assigned person will receive an allowance, that is subject to valorisation.
While performing socially useful works you maintain the status of an unemployed person.

Legal basis
Act of 20 April 2004 on employment promotion and labour market institutions (Article 73a)

Regulation of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy of 22 July 2011 on organisation of socially useful works.

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