In order to help the most vulnerable populations find employment, i.e. job seekers aged 45 or over, employees with reduced work capacity and disabled workers, the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi – ADEM) can, under certain circumstances, propose that an employment reintegration contract is entered into with an employer.
The aim of this contract, which alternates between practical and theoretical training, is not only to enable job seekers to provide employers with a practical demonstration of their skills and abilities, but also to open up their options.
The employment reintegration contract lasts for 12 months.
Who is concerned
The employment reintegration contract is concluded between the ADEM, the job seeker and the employer.
This type of contract can be signed by job seekers:
- aged 45 or over; or
- who are currently in an external redeployment programme; or
- who have the disabled worker status.
Employers wishing to enter into an employment reintegration contract must be in a position to offer real job prospects at the end of the contract.
Job seekers must be registered with the ADEM for at least one month before they are eligible to sign an employment reintegration contract.
How to proceed
The employment reintegration contract is concluded for a duration of 12 months.
If the contract is signed following professionalisation training, the duration of the training is taken into account in the 12-month contract.
Conclusion of the contract
Jobseekers can not refuse, without a valid reason (example of a valid reason: the contract does not meet the suitable work criteria), to enter into an employment reintegration contract offered by the ADEM, or else they may incur the sanctions stipulated by law.
The employer appoints a mentor who is responsible for assisting and guiding the job seeker throughout the employment reintegration contract. In the first month following the signing of the contract, the company, the mentor and the job seeker prepare a training plan, one copy of which must be sent to the ADEM's Employer services.
During the contract, the job seeker is entitled to 2 days of leave per month.
Payment of an allowance
Job seekers who do not receive unemployment benefit receive an allowance equal to the social minimum wage for unskilled workers.
Persons receiving unemployment benefits, a tideover allowance, a professional tideover allowance, a waiting pension or income for severely disabled people, retain this income whilst also receiving an allowance of EUR 41.67 per month (index 100), i.e. EUR 339.36 (index 814.40) from the ADEM.
If the amount received in allowances or income listed above is less than the social minimum wage for unskilled workers, the job seeker receives an allowance equal to the social minimum wage for unskilled workers, as well as an allowance of EUR 331 per month (index 331) from the ADEM.
Each month, the employer will send the ADEM a record of attendance for the payment of the allowance.
Employers who wish to do so can also pay the job seeker a performance bonus. Such bonuses form an integral part of the job seeker's allowance and, as such, are liable for tax.
End of the contract
The employer informs the ADEM, in writing, of the job seeker's employment opportunities within the company.
Hiring the job seeker
If the job seeker is hired at the end of the employment reintegration contract, the duration of the latter, plus that of any professionalisation training, is considered as a trial period.
Please note that jobseekers are entitled to re-employment support if they meet the various conditions.
Jobseekers who are not hired
If the job seeker is not hired at the end of the employment reintegration contract, the employer must provide the ADEM with a document listing the competencies acquired during the contract, as well as any shortcomings identified.
The job seeker is then advised to contact their ADEM guidance counsellor to decide on what future actions to take.
If the employer subsequently decides to hire staff, they must give priority to the former beneficiary of the employment reintegration contract, provided that the required qualifications and profile match, and the contract had expired no more than 3 months prior to the hiring.
The employer is then required to inform the job seeker in a timely manner. The job seeker has 8 days to give their decision.
Forms / Online services
Who to contact
Employer services - Department for third-country workers19, rue de Bitbourg
Phone : (+352) 247-88000Fax : (+352) 247-90410
Joint Committee (Secretariat) – ADEM19, rue de Bitbourg
L-1273 Luxembourg - Hamm
Phone : (+352) 247-88888
Occupational Counselling and Redeployment Panel1, boulevard Porte de France
Phone : (+352) 247-88888Fax : (+352) 26 19 08 22
Vocational guidance department(Maison de l'Orientation) 58, boulevard Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, Place de l’Etoile / Stäreplaz
Phone : (+352) 247-854 80Fax : (+ 352) 40 61 39Mon.-Fri. from 8.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 17.00
Financial management of support measures - young persons10, rue Bender
Phone : (+352) 247-88888Fax : (+ 352) 29 65 90Mon.-Fri. from 8.30 to 11.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00
Job protection department1, boulevard Porte de France
L-4360 Esch / Alzette
Phone : (+352) 247-88888 demandeurs d'emploi ou 247-88000 (employeurs)Fax : (+ 352) 40 59 88
Department for workers with reduced working capacity19, rue de Bitbourg
Phone : (+352) 247-88888 demandeurs d'emploi ou 247-88000 (employeurs)Fax : (+352) 247-85402
Disability and Redeployment department19, rue de Bitbourg
Phone : (+352) 247-88 888 demandeurs d'emploi ou 247-88 000 (employeurs)Fax : (+ 352) 247-26 19 08 22