Covid-19: the partial unemployment scheme at 100% renewed until the end of February

Faced with the risk of a new outbreak of the epidemic, the government, which announced this Thursday, January 14, new measures against Covid-19, reopens the tap of partial unemployment. The main anti-unemployment weapon, which allows companies to maintain jobs while activity starts up again, without spending a cent, and the employees concerned to receive 84% of their net salary, is extended for one month. A decree published on December 31 provided for this total support from the state to be maintained until the end of January, “unless the health crisis worsens”, the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne had promised.

Concretely, the sectors closed totally or partially, in particular culture, sport, ski resorts, will continue to benefit from a partial coverage of the activity at 100%. This applies as long as the administrative restriction measures are in effect.

A system maintained for as long as the situation requires

For protected sectors such as hotels or events, 100% coverage will also be maintained until the end of February. From March, this rate will remain unchanged if the turnover is down 80% compared to last year. Otherwise, the employer will have to pay a remainder of 15%.

The other companies are not affected by the 100%. Until the end of February, the employer will have to put 15% out of his pocket. And from March, this remaining charge will be 40%.

Is this calendar likely to be revised, depending on the evolution of the epidemic? A month ago, the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne undertook to adapt it, assuring that the State will support companies as long as the health situation requires in order to protect jobs, as long as necessary.

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