The government is said to be on the verge of putting a stop to “whatever the cost” because it is starting to cost way too much. Élisabeth Borne, Minister of Labor, announced on April 22, 2021 following a meeting with the social partners, that the partial unemployment benefit system as it was put in place during the health crisis will soon be to cease.
Companies will have to take more charge
No precise data has been put forward by Élisabeth Borne, arbitrations undoubtedly still to be made, especially according to the sectors since we already know that the reopening of the closed sectors will be done gradually. But the advanced date is as follows: the rules of partial unemployment “are intended to be able to change from June”. Early June or late June? The minister did not come forward.
Jean-François Foucard, of the CFE-CGC, believes that the evolution could be as follows: companies will see their remaining charges increase to 25% in June 2021, then to 40% in July 2021, i.e. the normal rate. Currently, apart from the sectors concerned by partial unemployment covered at 100%, that is to say those closed administratively such as restaurants or culture, the remainder is 15%.
It is therefore a sharp increase in business spending that is coming, and which could logically be accompanied by layoffs if activity does not follow.
Employees will lose more than a quarter of their net salary
The decrease in aid for partial unemployment will also translate into a change for the employees concerned who will see their net wages fall. They already only receive 84% of their net salary except in the event of compensation from the company (with a minimum of 100% of the minimum wage): it will fall further.
As soon as the rules for partial unemployment return to normal, so in July 2021, the net salary of an employee on short-time work will be reduced by 28% since he will only receive 72%. A consequent drop in income.