To follow up on our previous memos, please find below information related to the following topics:
The government published on March 23, 2021 a new version of the health and safety protocol applicable in companies.
Here are the main contributions:
The DGT thus reminded that “the controls carried out by the labour inspectorate must necessarily concern the employer’s compliance with his obligation to assess the risks and the methods he has chosen to determine the most appropriate prevention measures and to monitor their application“. Pursuant to article L.8113-5 of the French Labor Code, the labor inspector may thus “request communication of the elements attesting to the rate of effective presence on site“.
As regards non-teleworkable tasks, the employees concerned must “be the subject of increased vigilance, in view of the evolution of the health situation”, in particular workers in contact with the public or in groups. Therefore, “particular attention will be paid to the social premises (changing rooms, toilets, etc.), to the conditions of transport of personnel and to the catering premises, in particular in relation to the evolution of the protocol on the subject“.
When carpooling is necessary, the presence of several employees in a vehicle is possible on the condition that each one wears a mask, that hand hygiene is respected and that there is an effective procedure for regular cleaning/disinfection of the vehicle, as well as very regular ventilation of the vehicle for a few minutes.
The extension of the current partial activity regime in April has been announced by the Ministry of Labour, as well as the implementation of specific measures for confined departments.
We will come back to you later in detail when the related decrees are published.
Following the latest government announcements, the Ministry of Labor has specified that establishments and companies under opening restrictions in the confined departments would benefit, under certain conditions, from a 100% coverage of partial activity.
This would include:
In other situations, a remaining expense of 15% would apply for the employer.
This financial support would remain applicable as long as the health restrictions are implemented in the departments concerned.
During the Social Dialogue Conference of March 15, 2021, the Ministry of Labor confirmed that the rules of the partial activity would again be extended identically until the end of April 2021.
As a reminder, the scheme breaks down as follows:
At the Social Dialogue Conference on March 15, 2021, the extension of aid for hiring young workers was approved:
The eligibility criteria for the solidarity fund have been updated.
We invite you to refer to the practical note published by the government in order to determine your eligibility.
Shops that are administratively closed due to the March lockdown will benefit from the solidarity fund in its strengthened version with an option right of up to :
The Ministry of Economy and Finance has announced the introduction of a scheme to cover the fixed costs of companies that are not covered by their revenue, insurance or public aid, operational from 31 March 2021.
This scheme, which complements the solidarity fund, will see the State cover 70% of operating losses for companies with more than 50 employees and 90% of operating losses for companies with fewer than 50 employees, up to a limit of 10 million euros over the first semester of 2021.
The scheme is opened to companies established before 1 January 2019 for the January-February scheme, before 28 February 2019 for the March-April scheme and before 30 April 2019 for the May-June scheme and which:
And which, furthermore, meet the following requirements :
From 31 March 2021, eligible companies will be able to submit their application for the months of January and February 2021 from their professional space on the impots.gouv.fr website.
A certificate from their accountant will be required.
For the months of March and April 2021, the application will be made in May.
For the months of May and June 2021, it will be possible to apply in July.
You will find here the practical note published by the government.
The Assist Entreprises service offers small and medium-sized businesses in the Ile-de-France region affected by the health crisis access to experts to prevent the risk of failure and quickly identify the solutions to be implemented.
You can access this service here.