YEREVAN, May 21. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Smbat Saghiyan presented on Wednesday a revised package of amendments to the Law on Employment. Speaking at a meeting of the parliamentary committee on health and social issues, he said the amendments were designed to provide the government and state employment agencies with additional powers.
According to Saghiyan, state-owned employment centers will have to consider first the applications of graduates of orphanages, participants of military actions, as well as persons who have lost a close relative in the course of hostilities.
“This also applies to retired military who have significant experience in military service,” he said.
As Saghiyan noted, employment programs should be specifically targeted at these groups of citizens so that they can find their place in the labor market and learn new skills.
“We will provide applicants with additional rights to make them more likely to be employed. For example, when employers hire these people, they will receive lump-sum compensation from the government,” he said.
According to the deputy minister, the goal of the initiative is to have such employment programs that will make employers hire citizens who are uncompetitive in the labor market.