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Factsheet for measure FR-2021-3/1907 – measures in France
|Country||France , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 10 January 2021 – 31 March 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||16 May 2021 (updated 27 May 2021)|
As part of the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, and in order to encourage people to self- isolate as quickly as possible, the government announced on 8 January that the waiting period for compensation for work stoppages (normally three days, during which the employee is not compensated) has been waived for employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are symptomatic.
A decree published on 9 January sets out the details of this arrangement. Thus, the three-day waiting period is waived for the benefit of social security allowances and for supplementary allowances paid by the employer as from 10 January and until 31 March 2021. An online declaration is available on the website of the health insurance and the agricultural social mutuality.
The following will be eligible for daily social security benefits and the employer's supplement without a waiting period:
It applies to all employees of the private sector.
Employees in standard employment
Other groups of workers
Older people in employment (aged 55+)
Workers in care facilities
Migrants or refugees in employment
Workers in essential services
|Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
As social partners on national level manage the National health insurance, they are consulted wen the government takes such measure.
Eurofound (2021), COVID-19: sick leave within the waiting period, measure FR-2021-3/1907 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2021-3_1907.html
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