$225 million fines for mishandling state aid

Two US authorities have imposed fines totaling $225 million on Bank of America, accused of improperly blocking the payment of unemployment benefits at the height of the pandemic. “Bank of America automatically and illegally froze people’s accounts through a flawed fraud detection program, then gave them little recourse when there was, in fact, no fraud“Says … Read more

the screening campaign will cost more than 6 billion euros in 2021

Thirty million tests were carried out in December alone, or one seventh of the total tests since the start of the pandemic. The government is counting on an invoice for Covid-19 screening tests at 6 billion euros for 2021, said Budget Minister Olivier Dussopt on Tuesday, up due to massive use of screening in December. … Read more

As the holidays approach, the race for PCR tests is straining laboratories

While France passed the 200,000 contamination mark on Wednesday, it is very difficult to find an appointment a few hours before Christmas Eve. Whether you have symptoms, whether you are in contact or looking for a sesame to celebrate New Year’s Eve, it is better to be patient to be screened by a PCR test. … Read more

increase in contamination, chain cancellations … restaurant owners very worried about their New Year’s Eve

Amputated from this New Year’s Eve, the profession expects sales at half mast in December, one of the most important months of the year. Despite the relief of not seeing a New Year’s Eve curfew, morale is at an all-time low in restaurants. “Generally on the evening of December 31, establishments install a festive decoration, … Read more

the return to teleworking welcomed with reservations by employees

In order to fight against the multiplication of contaminations, the government wants to force employees to stay at home three to four days a week. Prime Minister Jean Castex strongly insisted, Monday, December 27, on the importance of remote work to fight against the new outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The government wants employees to … Read more

the Council of State rejects the appeal against the closure

The body considered that the alternative measures to closure, proposed by professionals, were “not likely to limit the risk of contamination”. The Council of State rejected the appeal of the National Union of Discotheques and Leisure Places (SNDLL) against the closure of discotheques decided by the government, deeming it justified in view of a “clear … Read more