Last update 04.12.2020
In order to continue supporting companies and their employees impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, special arrangements for short-time working remain in force until 30 June 2021. These arrangements, which apply to all businesses impacted by the pandemic during this period of economic recovery, take into account that certain sectors or economic branches have been more severely impacted than others.
These arrangements are divided into 2 distinct 3-month periods during the first 6 months of 2021, provided that the health crisis has improved by 1 April 2021, specifically:
The social partners have agreed on 4 possible scenarios for businesses to benefit from the short-time working scheme during the economic recovery period:
The short-time working scheme can apply to all employees (with a permanent or fixed-term contract - CDI and CDD) who:
Temporary work agencies are also eligible with regard to their employees whose assignment contract continues but who can no longer carry out their activity.
Apprentices are not eligible for the short-time working scheme.
Before submitting an application via MyGuichet.lu, the employer is required to confirm, by means of the declaration provided for this purpose for businesses with or without staff delegation, that the employees respectively the staff delegation, and, where applicable, the trade unions (in the event of a collective agreement) have been informed of the application for short-time working.
Short-time working applications must be submitted at the latest by the 12th day of the month preceding the requested short-time working period (for example, before 12 December for a short-time working application relating to the month of January 2021).
Regardless of the situation that applies to the business, the employer, or their representative (e.g. a fiduciary), must submit the application to benefit from the short-time working scheme electronically using their business eSpace on the MyGuichet.lu platform. The person submitting the application needs:
How to use MyGuichet.lu
There are 3 possible scenarios:
This online application tool was developed by the Ministry of the Economy and ADEM, with the support of the Government IT Centre (CTIE). Each request will be treated confidentially.
Businesses must renew their application each month by logging back into the MyGuichet.lu assistant.
The short-time working scheme in relation with the economic recovery remains in force until 30 June 2021.
The payment of short-time working benefits is made on the basis of a statement.
During the short-time working period, the State reimburses the employer the compensatory allowance corresponding to 80 % of the normal hourly salary received by the employee.
The reimbursement is limited to 250 % of the social minimum wage for unskilled workers aged 18 or over. However, if this calculation indicates that the compensatory allowance ends up being lower than the social minimum wage for unskilled workers, the social minimum wage will be used instead.
After the end of the month in which short-time working occurs, businesses must complete an online procedure on MyGuichet.lu so that ADEM can draw up a statement.
The declarant also has the possibility of downloading an XML list before starting the procedure on MyGuichet.lu.
In practice, for each month of short-time working, the employer or their representative receives an email/mail from ADEM inviting them to fill in the online form.
On this form, only the names and national identification numbers of the employees concerned will need to be filled in. ADEM will receive the other necessary data from the Joint Social Security Centre (CCSS).
All subsidies granted on the basis of deliberate misrepresentations will have to be repaid.
Subsidies granted on the basis of deliberate misrepresentations and as soon as there is deliberate failure to pay the compensatory allowance to one or more employees concerned or if the subsidies were used to other ends than the payment of salaries must be paid back. The beneficiary must reimburse the totality of the amounts received on the basis of all applications submitted and the benefits of short-time working will be withdrawn with immediate effect from the business concerned.
These offences are punishable by a fine of between EUR 251 and EUR 5,000.
For all questions on short-time working, please consult the FAQ.
Déclaration de la délégation du personnel certifiant avoir été informée de la demande de chômage partiel (si une délégation de personnel existe)
Déclaration d’information signée par chaque salarié concerné par le chômage partiel (s'il n'existe pas de délégation du personnel)