As part of the measures adopted by the Government aimed at curbing the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region has drawn up a specific form to be filled in by anyone wanting to request "leave for family support" to enable them to look after a disabled adult or an elderly person following the closure of a day-care structure or a training or employment structure.
Leave for family support may be taken by an employee in the private sector or a self-employed person if there is no other way of caring for the disabled adult or elderly person.
The following conditions must be met:
- the approved structure that would normally take care of the disabled adult or elderly person must have ceased all or part of its activities in the context of the state of crisis;
- the private-sector employee or self-employed person must look after the disabled adult or elderly person in the home where they both live;
- neither the applicant private-sector employee or self-employed person or any other member of the household may be covered by the arrangements for short-time work during the period for which the leave is requested and there must be no other solution available for providing care.
If necessary, where several people live in the same home as the adult disabled or elderly person, they may alternate taking leave for family support. In this case, each person wishing to take the leave must submit a duly completed form.
The leave may be divided among the members of a household, but they may not take the leave at the same time.
If the leave is taken in several stages (divided into separate periods of leave), the person taking the leave does not need to fill in and send a new form each time. The first form is enough, even if the leave for family support is extended.
If more than one member of a household is working and one of the members is carrying out an activity of strategic importance in the context of the current situation (e.g. a health professional), it is recommended that the leave for family support should be taken by one of the other members of the household.
The duration of the leave for family support may not exceed the duration of the state of crisis. The leave shall end before the end of the state of crisis if the day-care structure or training or employment structure notifies the Minister that it has resumed all or part of its activities.
The measure is applicable retroactively, backdated to 18 March 2020.
The person who needs to take leave for family support must inform his/her employer as quickly as possible, either verbally or in writing.
The form must then be filled in by the person who needs to take leave for family support.
The duly signed form should be sent to the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region
- by email to email@example.com (a good quality scan or photo of the signed original or a PDF with a LuxTrust digital signature), or
- by post (not recommended - submission by email should be preferred): 12-14 Avenue Emile Reuter, L - 2420 Luxembourg.
If the conditions are met, the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region will return a signed certificate, in 2 copies to the applicant; the certificate has the same value as a medical certificate as far as employers and the National Health Fund (Caisse nationale de santé - CNS) are concerned.
Lastly, the person who needs to take the leave sends one of the copies of the certificate signed by the Minister for Family Affairs and Integration to the National Health Fund (CNS) and the other to his/her employer.
For more information, please contact the Ministry of Family Affairs, Integration and the Greater Region by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.