Latest developments in 2019

AuthorLopes, Dulce; Vicente, Joana
12.1 Legislative amendments
Law 4/2019
The Portuguese Parliament has approved Law 4/2019 of 10 January 2019, which regulates
the system of employment quotas in private enterprises for people with disabilities with a
degree of incapacity equal to or greater than 60 %. According to Law 4/2019, the obligation
to meet quotas for the employment of people with disabilities is imposed on medium-sized
and large private enterprises. In a medium-sized enterprise with a workforce of more than
75 employees, employees with disabilities must make up at least 1 % of the total number
of employees, while large enterprises with more than 250 employees are required to fulfil
an employment quota of at least 2 %.
Law 90/2019
The Labour Code was recently changed by Law 90/2019 of 4 September, which introduced
amendments to Articles 85, 86 and 87. Those Articles established a duty on employers to
provide reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities or chronic diseases, and to
give an exemption from overtime, night work and other types of flexible working as and
when necessary. The new legislation extends the right to reasonable accommodation and
other measures to employees with cancer.
Decree-Law 6/2019
The General Regime for Contract Work for the Public Sector provides the termination of
the employment relationship when the employee reaches the age of 70 (Article 292). The
new legislation introduced a provision (Article 294(a)) which establishes that the
employment relationship can be continued as a fixed-term employment contract (or limited
executive tenure) at the request of the employee, if it is in the public interest.
Law 13/2019
The Portuguese Civil Code was recently changed by Law 13/2019 of 12 February, which
introduced a provision (Article 1067-A) on non-discrimination in respect of access to a
lease. According to this Article, no one can be discriminated against on the grounds of sex,
ancestry or ethnic origin, language, territory of origin, nationality, religion, belief, political
or ideological convictions, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability (1). It concluded
that the announcement of a dwelling for lease cannot contain any restriction, specification
or preference based on the discriminatory categories mentioned above
Law 83/2019, the Basic Law on Housing, establishes that all have a right to housing for
themselves and their families, regardless of ancestry or ethnic origin, sex, language,
territory of origin, nationality, religion, belief, political or ideological convictions, education,
economic situation, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or health conditions.
Law 95/2019
The Basic Law on Healthcare includes the right for patients to the protection of health in
respect of the principles of equality, non-discrimination, confidentiality and privacy in
Principle 2(1)(a). Equality and non-discrimination are also established as foundations of
the Portuguese Health Policy in Principle 4(2)(d).

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