Conditions for granting short-time working - Family support leave extended

25 May 2021


Dorothée David


  • Conditions for granting short-time working from 1 July 2021

According to the statement issued by the Ministry of the Economy on 21 May 2021 relating to the Economic Committee (‘Comité de Conjoncture’) which met on 20 May 2021, the conditions for granting short-time working from 1 July 2021 will be as follows:

  • Granting short-time working under the so-called “structural, simplified short-time working” conditions introduced in March 2020 in order to help businesses keep employees during the COVID-19 health crisis (see in particular our Newsflash of 3 March 2021), will end on 30 June 2021.
  • The temporary measure allowing businesses in the building and construction sector affected by the exceptional shortage of raw materials to benefit from short-time working due to force majeure for the second half of May and for the whole of June 2021 (see our Newsflash of 29 April 2021), will not be extended beyond this period.
  • 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, Section 1: “Preventing redundancies and protecting jobs”. This means that, where appropriate, access to short-time working may be due to cyclical economic problems, structural economic problems, force majeure or economic dependence.
  • Family support leave extended until 25 November 2021

The Law of 20 May 2021 modifying the modified law of 20 June 2020 introducing family support leave within the context of combating the Covid-19 pandemic, was published in Mémorial A no. 392 on 21 May 2021, and came into effect on 25 May 2021..

The law extends family support leave (see in particular our Newsflash of 26 June 2020) until 25 November 2021, when it will cease to apply.