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Law of 12 September 2003 on disabled persons

The term “disabled worker” means any person whose employment capacity is diminished by more than 30%. Applications for recognition of the status of handicapped worker must be made to the Medical Commission of the Employment Administration.

Each employer is in fact required by law to employ disabled workers on the basis of the following quotas:

  • if the number of full-time employees is between 25 and 49, at least one handicapped employee;
  • if the number of full-time employees is between 50 and 299, at least 2% handicapped employees;
  • if the number of full-time employees is equal to or greater than 300, at least 4% handicapped employees.

In the event of refusal by the employer, a levy equivalent to 50% of the minimum social wage is payable each month by him to the public Treasury as long as he refuses; this levy will be charged in respect of each disabled worked who is not duly recruited.

A contribution by the State towards the salary of the disabled worker may be made to cover the lower output achieved by the handicapped worker.

Similarly, some or all of the training expenses, workplace adaptation or provision of suitable professional equipment will also be paid for.

 Law of July 12, 2019 modifying the amended law of September 12, 2003 relating to disabled persons.