Discover electronic meal vouchers!
January 29, 2014
Soon, the employers will have two modern tools for employee individual food allowance: meal vouchers on paper and electronic meal vouchers. Sodexo will keep you informed on all the modifications that appears with regards to this topic!
Although the amendments to Law no. 142/1998 introducing electronic vouchers in Romania were published in the Official Gazette on November 15, 2013, they are not applicable for the moment because the implementation norms are not ready.
The meal vouchers system was adopted first by the British government after the end of the Second World War, being a non - financial instrument dedicated to the employers who wanted to encourage employees to eat lunch. The impact of these measures on productivity and employee health was so great that during the years the system has been adopted and extended and is currently being used on different continents in 40 countries among which 19 are Member States of the European Union. The IT evolution determined also in Romania the emergence of a new support for the meal vouchers: the electronic one.
What is the electronic meal voucher?
The electronic meal voucher is a special cards on which is offered the individual food allowance, which have no account attached and it does not work like a salary or non-salary bank cards. Electronic meal vouchers can be used only for individual food allowance to access food in the affiliated units and will not allow cash withdrawals.
Electronic meal vouchers keeps the same functioning mechanism as paper vouchers
From the point of view of the employers, electronic meal vouchers will work like paper meal vouchers. The employer is the one who decides to provide meal vouchers and what is the support to choose: paper meal vouchers or electronic meal vouchers. This process can be done in consultation with trade unions or employee representatives legally constituted.
The functioning mechanism of the meal vouchers system remains unchanged: the meal vouchers will still be paid in advance to the issuing company, it will be offered to employees with labor contract only for the days in which are present at work, it will have the same fiscal facilities, it will be offered only for the base function., etc .
Paper meal voucher will continue to exist as a main extra salary benefit, the regulations regarding the paper meal vouchers remain in force, in parallel will circulate also electronic meal vouchers, employees having the opportunity to choose the support that is most suitable for their needs. The two instruments simultaneously exist in many European countries, but also in countries from other continents.
As operating for many years and in other European countries, but also from other continents, Sodexo will issue both paper and electronic meal vouchers.
What will be the nominal value of electronic meal vouchers?
The nominal value given of meal vouchers per day / employee remains 9.35 lei regardless of the support in which they are issued - paper or card. As you know, this value is indexed regularly by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly.
Sodexo keeps you updated with the details of the appearance of electronic meal vouchers. Stay tuned for information on how to apply the changes on the electronic meal vouchers as they will be determined by the authorities!