The State will bear the cost of ten days of paid vacation for “the companies most heavily impacted by the health crisis”, from various sectors such as the hotel industry, Restoration, the event, the discos or sports halls, the Ministry of Labor announced Wednesday evening.
This “one-off, non-renewable economic aid” is “targeted at highly impacted sectors”, having experienced “closures over a large part of 2020,” said a statement released at the end of a videoconference meeting between the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne and professional and inter-professional trade unions and employers in the hotel and catering industry.
To benefit from this aid, companies “must meet one or the other” of these two criteria: having seen their activity “partially or totally interrupted for at least 140 days in total” since January 1, 2020, or else having seen their turnover fall “by more than 90% during the periods in 2020 when the state of health emergency was declared”.
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Limited to ten days of paid leave, this assistance will be paid in January 2021 “on the basis of days imposed for the year 2019-2020 (generally five) and days taken in advance with the agreement of the employee for the year 2020-2021 “, specifies the ministry.
Employers must, to benefit from it, “organize themselves now to respect the thirty-day notice period and bring together the CSE when necessary”, because these paid holidays “must necessarily be taken between 1 and 20 January 2021, during a period of partial activity corresponding to the prolonged closure of the establishment over this period “.
Are concerned, in addition to cafes and restaurants, “hotels which have not been administratively closed, but have been forced to close due to a lack of customers, during periods of travel restriction”, as well as the companies of “the events, discotheques or sports halls “, which” also fall within these criteria “. This support is targeted at professionals “who encounter difficulties in coping with paid leave accumulated during a period of partial activity” and responds to an urgent demand on their part.
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“We are generally satisfied with the number of days supported, but we would have liked the aid to be paid from a 70% loss in turnover”, reacted Hervé Becam, vice-president of the Union hospitality trades and industries (Umih). “We now need a reopening date,” he added.
In a joint statement, the various professional organizations (GNC, Umih, GNI, SNRTC and Snarr) congratulate themselves on having seen their concerns “understood by the government”. They defended the assumption by the State of fifteen days of paid leave – thus reduced to ten at the end of the negotiations – and the “need to benefit all the companies affected by the health crisis and not only the businesses closed administratively “.
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