Short-time work for employees in the cultural sector

The Ministry of Culture points out that employees in the cultural sector are eligible for short-time work in cases of force majeure. The short-time work scheme for cases of force majeure may apply to employees:

  • who do not have a certificate of incapacity for work;
  • whom a company can no longer employ full time or no longer employ at all:
    • because its supplier can no longer supply it with raw materials due to the coronavirus; or
    • in the event of a significant drop in customer demand due to the coronavirus; or
    • if the company is no longer able to operate normally or if one or more departments are completely shut down due to the absence of staff caused by external coronavirus-related decisions.

In the event of approval, the Employment Fund may cover 80 % of the normal salaries (capped at 250 % of the social minimum wage for unskilled workers) for a maximum of 1,022 work hours per salaried worker.

The Ministry of the Economy has made a specific form available to companies to apply for short-time work in cases of force majeure linked to the coronavirus.

On gouvernement.lu you can furthermore consult the FAQ on the impacts of the coronavirus on businesses in Luxembourg.

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