The Extraordinary Benefit for Cessation of Activity, still raises the need for some clarifications.Following the sector meeting on this benefit held last week at AMAT (Association of Workplace Accident Insurance Companies), the mutuals have provided us with details of a number of important clarifications.
These aspects are summarized below by our experts.
Extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity. Clarifications.
The extraordinary benefit of CATA (PECATA) is considered a single flat-rate benefit which is received from the first day of the alarm state until the last day of the month in which the alarm state ends.
A few days ago, the extension of the alarm state until 9 May was approved. Therefore, as long as this date is maintained or the alarm state ends in May, the PECATA benefit will be a single flat-rate benefit received from 14 March 2020 until 31 May 2020. Even if it is being paid in instalments. This means that you will be paid the amount you have planned for as many periods as the alarm condition is extended.
The PECATA can be requested until the last day of the month following the end of the alarm state. In the current situation, the last day to request it would be 30.06.2020.
What does “lump sum benefit” mean?
It means that, even if it is paid in different instalments, it is a benefit which, when you access it, you are entitled to ALL the benefit from 14.03 to 31.05, regardless of when you apply or are approved, except in cases of death, IT, SREL, maternity, paternity and total retirement. All self-employed persons will receive the same benefit, regardless of the date of application or the reason for it (closure, drop in income in March or drop in income in April).
Can a self-employed waive the benefit?
Yes, but by the nature of the benefit, the waiver can only be for ALL the benefit. This is a personal decision of the worker and not of the Mutual Insurance Company. If you have received any amount, it will be claimed back from you. As this is a one-off lump-sum benefit, no partial waiver can be made for return to work or other reasons.
Is it necessary to renew the application in order to continue receiving the benefit?
You do not have to renew your claim. If it is already approved, you will continue to receive it until the last day of the month in which the alarm condition ends, both for applications for suspension of activity and for applications for reduction of income approved between March and April.
If I apply in May, from what date am I entitled to benefit? PECATA is a one-off benefit. You are entitled to the benefit from 14.03.2020 until 31.05.2020.
What is planned to be paid on the next payment date of 30 April?
For the thousands of applications already approved that on the 17th received the benefit from 14.03 to 13.04. They will now receive the benefit for the period from 14.04 to 30.04.
The applications that remained pending due to some incident. Provided they have been rectified, they will receive the benefit for the period from 14.03 to 30.04.
As for the applicants who have been informed of an invitation to pay because they have a social security debt. If they update their payment with the Treasury and send the corresponding receipt, they will receive the benefit from 14.03 to 30.04.
All new applications approved from 12 to 27 April will receive the benefit for the period from 14 March to 30 April.