Short-time working from 1 July 2021 (Application and statement)

Last update 01.06.2021

The granting of short-time working under the "structural, simplified short-time working" conditions introduced in March 2020 with the aim of helping businesses to maintain employment during the COVID-19 health crisis period will end on 30 June 2021.

These conditions were governed by the amended law of 17 July 2020 introducing a series of measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 1 July 2021, access to short-time working will be defined in accordance with the legal provisions set out in the Labour Code, Book V, Title I: "Preventing redundancies and maintaining employment".

In other words, access to short-time working may, where appropriate, be cyclical or structural, for reasons of force majeure, or for economic dependence.

Short-time working due to cyclical economic difficulties

The short-time working scheme in the event of cyclical economic difficulties is intended to support companies in industries which are part of an economic sector or branch in crisis and are experiencing cyclical economic difficulties.

Please follow this link for more information and/or to start the procedure for short-time working due to cyclical economic difficulties.

Short-time working due to structural economic difficulties

The short-time working scheme in the event of structural economic difficulties is intended to support businesses that are experiencing difficulties of a structural nature and/or are forced to lay off staff for economic reasons but wish to qualify for short-time working benefits.

Resorting to short-time working for structural reasons falls within the set up of a job protection or recovery plan. It should be noted that job protection plans may also provide for other measures which, if the business's economic situation so requires, may be combined and/or applied simultaneously.

Please follow this link for more information and/or to start the procedure for short-time working due to structural economic difficulties.

Short-time working due to economic dependence

The short-time working scheme due to economic dependence is aimed at businesses facing economic difficulties following the loss of one or more of their main customers or due to difficulties encountered by their customers.

Please follow this link for more information and/or to start the procedure for short-time working in case of economic dependence.

Short-time working in the event of force majeure

The short-time working scheme in the event of force majeure can be applied in exceptional circumstances to businesses who encounter economic difficulties following the occurrence of an event beyond their control and which prevents the continuation of their normal economic activity.

Please follow this link for more information and/or to start the procedure for short-time working in case of force majeure.

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