Since 1 January 2012, not only the employment contract of blue-collar workers, but also the employment contract of white-collar workers can be suspended due to economic reasons in a company in difficulties.
Initially, the following criteria were applied to qualify a company as a company in difficulties:
- a legal entity facing a substantial decrease of its revenues or its production (minimum 10 %);
- a technical business unit or a legal entity facing a temporary unemployment of blue-collar workers due to economic reasons of at least 10 % of the total number of working days declared to the National Social Security Office;
- a legal entity facing a substantial decrease of the total number of orders (minimum 10 %).
As of June 2016, a company can be qualified as a company in difficulties on the basis of unforeseen circumstances that have caused on short-term a substantial decrease of the revenues, the production or the total number of orders.