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COVID-19: Paid Leave and Solidarity Fund of November 2020

Covid19 - Paid leave

You will find here two useful and topical information, namely an update on the State’s coverage of part of the paid leave for closed companies, as well as an explanatory scheme of the Solidarity Fund of November 2020.

> State coverage of part of the paid leave

As regards paid leave, the State is introducing a one-off, non-renewable economic aid package for sectors that have been heavily impacted, and is committed to paying for part of the paid leave for companies that have been hardest hit by the health crisis.

To be eligible for this aid, companies must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • The activity has been partially or totally interrupted for a total period of at least 140 days since 1 January 2020;
  • The activity has been reduced by more than 90% (drop in turnover) during the periods in 2020 when the state of health emergency was declared (24 March 2020 to 10 July 2020, reactivated since 17 October 2020).

The following are thus eligible:

  • Cafés, restaurants, hotels (which have not been administratively closed but which have been forced to close due to a lack of customers during periods of travel restrictions);
  • The sectors most affected by the administrative closures and the consequences of the crisis (events, discotheques and sports halls), as long as they also meet these criteria.

This aid is limited to 10 days of paid leave.

It will be paid in January 2021 on the basis of days taxed for the year 2019-2020 and days taken in advance with the employee’s agreement for the year 2020-2021.
Paid leave must be taken between January 1 and 20, 2021, during a period of part-time activity corresponding to the prolonged closure of the establishment over this period.

For the payment of this aid, the Government will use the payment channels of the part-time activity via the Services and Payment Agency (ASP).

Please note: To date no decree has been issued to clearly determine which companies are eligible for this aid, however it is important that employers organise themselves now to respect the 30-day notice period and convene the CSE when necessary. 

> Explanatory scheme of the Solidarity Fund of November 2020

As every month, the characteristics of the Solidarity Fund have evolved further. You can find below a summary of these evolutions for the month of November 2020.

Solidarity Fund of November 2020

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