Tax credits of up to €30,000 would be introduced for smaller businesses in Malta to set up teleworking and flexible hours systems under the next Labour administration, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said today.
Speaking at a press conference, he said that these measures would help people who would not have considered working, to join the workforce, to the benefit of employers.
Dr Muscat said the government wanted to introduce two changes to workers’ leave. He said the government wanted to keep its promise to allow employees to use their sick leave to care for their children or loved ones, and that this would be implemented by 2018. Additionally, he also promised a reform of the parental leave system will also be introduced.
Dr Muscat also said that the government would like to increase family-friendly measures, especially in the private sector. He promised that a new Labour administration would broaden the free childcare scheme, by allowing for more flexibility in dealing with absentees, opening the scheme up to those who enrol in a full-time course, as well as offering a night childcare service. Employers offering childcare services would benefit from a tax deduction of €50,000.
He insisted that all the proposals would be discussed with social partners and stakeholders, adding however, that since the economic outlook continued to be positive, Malta could take it.