Inspections and audits of aquatic facilities in tourist resorts continue to be lacking more than a year after the latest legislation was passed. In question is Law 61/2017 of August 01 which exempted resorts from contracting lifeguards for their pools. According to this legislation, the presence of a lifeguard became optional, provided that permanent supervision was in place, secured by a duly identified technician with first aid training. According to the National Tourist Registry, there are currently 4,426 resorts registered in Portugal. “AL” units outnumber these registrations by almost 20 fold. Despite the disparity, the rules for tourist developments continue not to apply to Local Lodging Accommodations.
Recent changes in legislation broaden social protection benefits for sole traders in the eventualities of illness, unemployment and parenthood. The waiting period for subsidised medical leave reduces from 30 to 10 days. The eligibility period for unemployment benefits decreases. Maternity and paternity entitlements have also been enhanced for freelancers.