It is an additional respite. The Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, announced on Tuesday February 16 that the current conditions for partial unemployment benefit would be maintained in March, the remainder of which for companies to be increased next month.
“We are going to extend the current rates of partial activity to March, so [il n’y aura] no remainder to charge for the sectors which are struck by the crisis and one will maintain the rate of 15% for the others, to answer the uncertainty on the health situation ”, declared the Minister on BFM Business.
Currently, the general rule is that the employee is compensated up to 70% of his gross salary (84% net) with a remaining charge of 15% for companies. This was to rise to 40% in March (with employee compensation falling to 60%), a date that had already been postponed several times due to the extension of the health crisis linked to Covid-19.
100% support for the most affected sectors
The sectors most affected by the crisis (tourism, culture, sport and leisure, hotel and catering, transport… and dependent activities) will continue to benefit from 100% support. “Partial unemployment protected nine million employees in the spring and three million in November”added Mme Thick headed.
The Minister invited companies in sectors less affected by the crisis which anticipate a more lasting decline in activity to “Sign long-term partial activity agreements (APLD)”.
This device allows a reduction in working time of up to 40% of non-working hours on average for six to twenty-four months, subject to a company or branch agreement, validated by the administration and including commitments on employment and training. Currently, more than 7,000 companies and 530,000 employees are covered by an APLD agreement, she said.