Élisabeth Borne announces the extension of the rights of the unemployed until the end of March


The Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne, announced on Sunday February 28, 2021 that the government would once again extend the benefits of unemployed workers at the end of their rights until the end of March 2021.

A further extension of the rights of the unemployed

Unemployed people at the end of their rights will once again see their benefits extended. The Minister of Labor announced, Sunday February 28, 2021, that the unemployed at the end of their rights would see their benefits extended until the end of March 2021. Thus, Élisabeth Borne recalled on BFMTV “ Since November, we have extended the rights of those who have reached the end of their rights and I confirm that we will extend these rights again until the end of March “.

The Unédic estimates that 120,000 additional unemployed would be affected by the extension of rights measure taken by the government. So far, the measure only affected the unemployed who saw their rights end between the start of the second confinement on October 30 and February 28, 2021. Thus, for the months of November to February, Unédic estimates that 480,000 unemployed people at the end of their rights have benefited from this extension.

Discussions around the reform of unemployment insurance

Élisabeth Borne also announced that Tuesday, March 2, 2021 will be a final videoconference meeting with the various social partners to discuss the reform of unemployment insurance. The purpose of this meeting is to achieve the preparation of a reform text that would be adapted to the exceptional economic situation. However, the unions invited to the negotiating table believe that a “ deep disagreement “.

The meetings, which began in September 2020, bring together the Minister but also five trade unions and three employers’ organizations. The primary purpose of the March 2 meeting is to enable “ to discuss the exit points from the consultation “. Following this meeting, the government will present its findings and launch the reform through a series of decrees.