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By Dr. Bahieldin HZ Elibrachy, Mag. Mona O. Abdel Hafiz, Gordon Barr, Roxanne Vesuvala and Ghazal Hawamdeh
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KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2020
Introduction of a New Social Insurance Law
A new Social Insurance Law has recently been implemented in Egypt and is aimed at unifying the laws relating to insurance and pensions across different sectors. In particular, the Social Insurance Law addresses the issue of insurance evasion, by increasing fines payable if an evasion is identified.
The key provisions in the Social Insurance Law are as follows:
- A minimum pension entitlement to the value of not less than 65% of the minimum insurance subscription wage.
- The value of existing pensions have increased due to inflation at a rate of up to 15% per year.
- Establishment of incentives to insure employees who work informally.
- An unemployment allowance is provided for, funded in part by the employer's 1% contribution from the employee's monthly wages.
- The retirement age should reach 65 years by the year 2040, provided that the retirement age gradually increases from the year 2032.
- A fine shall be imposed for those seeking to evade the obligations set out in the Social Insurance Law to the value of up to EGP 100,000 (approximately $6,330 USD).
KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2019
Rights of disabled people in Egypt
On 19 February 2018, the Egyptian President ratified the Law for persons with disability No. 10/2018. The Law provides many positive reforms and covers health and media rights for persons with a disability; their right to education; vocational training and work. It also imposes legal and criminal protection for persons with a disability and their political rights and their rights to sports and entertainment.