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Factsheet for case LU-2020-12/475 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Family care leave for family support introduced

Congé familial pour soutien familial

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 18 March 2020 – 20 June 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 10 April 2020 (updated 14 July 2020)

Background information

To limit the spread of the coronavirus, the government introduced a paid family support leave to assist private-sector employees and the self-employed who are obliged to stop working while an approved facility for persons with disabilities or the elderly is closed in order to care for a disabled adult or a dependent elderly person living in their household.

The legal backgrounds are: the declaration of a state of crisis by the "Loi du 24 mars 2020 portant prorogation de l’état de crise déclaré par le règlement grand-ducal du 18 mars 2020 portant introduction d’une série de mesures dans le cadre de la lutte contre le Covid-19. Mémorial A 178 du 24 mars 2020. Grand-Ducal regulation of 18 March 2020 introducing a series of measures to combat COVID-19 (Règlement grand-ducal du 18 mars 2020 portant introduction d’une série de mesures dans le cadre de la lutte contre le Covid-19. Mémorial A 178 du 24 mars 2020)

Content of measure

The measure applies to employees in the private sector or self-employed persons if they have no other options for caring for a disabled or elderly adult.The following measures should be fulfilled:

  1. the approved structure, which in normal circumstances takes care of the adult person with a disability or the elderly person, has notified the Minister of the cessation of its activities or part of its activities in the context of the state of crisis ;-
  2. the private-sector employee or the self-employed person takes care in the home of the person concerned with whom he resides ;
  3. the applicant does not fall under the partial unemployment scheme during the period for which the leave is requested and no other means of care is available.If several people live in the same home as the disabled or elderly person, they may alternate family support leave.

The household member who is not engaged in a strategically important activity in the current situation (e.g. health professional), should take the family support leave.The leave may be divided among the members of a household but may not be taken into charge by the sickness assurance.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

13 July 2020

This measure ended with the end of the crisis state on 25 June 2020

Use of measure

No information are available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Other groups of workers
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


not available

Views and reactions

In general, the trade union OGBL welcomes the measure. However, the OGBL emphasizes also that the decision of the government to transfer the financial burden of the pecuniary indemnity for the first 77 days of the Employer's Mutuality ("Mutualité des employeurs") to the sickness and maternity insurance, retroactively to April 1 and potentially until June 30, 2020. Nevertheless, in the same time, it denounces the government's decision to provide, at the level of the sectors defined as "essential", that not only can the employer refuse requests for leave (as has been the case since March 18), but that he can now even cancel any leave already granted to the employee. This is contrary to all relevant case law as well as to the principle of mutual agreements between employer and employees.


  • 03 April 2020: Covid-19: Introduction d'un congé pour soutien familia (
  • 06 April 2020: The good, the bad and the ugly – L’OGBL prend position par rapport aux décisions du Conseil de gouvernement du 3 avril 202 (


Eurofound (2020), Family care leave for family support introduced, case LU-2020-12/475 (measures in Luxembourg), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.