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Temporary unemployment following corona: proactive application for approval is the message

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Companies that have had to invoke temporary unemployment for at least 20% of the total number of working days in the second quarter of 2020, or are covered by a select number of joint committees, can exceptionally continue to use the relaxed regime of temporary unemployment due to corona until December 31, 2020.

Companies covered by Joint Committees 140.02, 227, 302, 303.03, 304, 329 or 333 need not take further steps. They are automatically recognized as a company in difficulty, and can continue to freely use the relaxed procedure.

Those companies that have invoked temporary unemployment for 20% of work days before the second quarter of 2020, or belong to Joint Committees No. 100, 109, 111, 126, 139, 140.01, 140.04, 149.01, 200, 209, 215, 226, 314 or 315, must, however, seek prior approval from the NEO.  This can be done by this form submit to one of the regional offices.

If your company belongs to one of the above categories but you believe that there is no need for your company to use this system today, we still recommend that you apply proactively. In the cases where there is a need to act fastFor example, consider the situation in which you, as business manager, would have to go into quarantine and thus temporarily close down your businessAt that moment it is often too late to submit such a request. Obtaining an extension does not mean that you are obliged to file for temporary unemployment, but it does mean that you can make use of it whenever necessary. Gouverner, c'est prévoir.


My employee's child must be quarantined: what now?

The government has now also provided the option of applying for temporary unemployment on grounds of force majeure for parents whose child must be quarantined.

On the basis of an attestation from the nursery, school or center for the care of disabled persons, the employer can apply to the NEO for temporary unemployment on grounds of force majeure for an employee facing such a problem. This regulation should enter into force on October 1, but still needs final approval in Parliament.