Law 34/2016 was published on August 24 2016. It amends Decree-Law 220/2006 by removing the obligation on unemployed people to present themselves at an employment exchange every two weeks in order to maintain their unemployment benefits.

Further, Law 34/2016 introduces a system of personalised employment support, which involves integrated support for the recipients of unemployment benefits. The law's objective is to guarantee:

  • support, monitoring and guidance for beneficiaries;
  • assistance in the search for employment through training and the acquisition of skills; and
  • monitoring and supervision of compliance with the legally established obligations, in order to guarantee the proper use of benefits.

Support offered to beneficiaries includes:

  • the joint preparation of a personal employment plan;
  • regular updating and revaluation of the personal employment plan;
  • accompanied job-seeking sessions;
  • collective information sessions;
  • information sessions on job offers and training plans appropriate to each beneficiary; and
  • training sessions to develop employability skills.

Law 34/2016 came into force on October 1 2016.

For further information on this topic please contact Filipe Azoia at AAMM Sociedade de Advogados RL by telephone (+351 211 940 538) or email ([email protected]). The AAMM website can be accessed at