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Factsheet for measure LU-2020-14/840 – measures in Luxembourg

Automatic extension of unemployment benefits

Prolongation automatique des indemnités de chômage

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 03 April 2020 – 25 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Measure added 11 May 2020 (updated 27 July 2020)

Background information

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, the government decided not to discontinue employment benefits during the crisis. The legal basis is the following: Règlement grand-ducal du 3 avril 2020 portant modification du règlement grand-ducal du 27 mars 2020 portant dérogation aux articles L.521-9., L.521-11., L.524-5., L.543-11., L.543-20., L.552-2. du Code du travail et aux articles 8 et 10 du règlement grand-ducal du 14 octobre 2002 concernant le mode de désignation et d’indemnisation des membres, les règles de fonctionnement et les délais de procédure de la commission mixte de reclassement des travailleurs incapables à exercer leur dernier poste de travail.

Content of measure

Based on a grand ducal legislation of April 2020, the aim of the measure is to protect jobseekers during the current COVID-19 crisis and beyond the compensation period. Paid by the national employment fund, the measure is aimed at jobseekers who are registered at the National Employment Agency ADEM and has as an objective to protect all jobseekers from experiencing social hardship at the moment when their period of unemployment benefits ends.

During the COVID-19 crisis, and as long as the crisis status lasts, the payment of unemployment benefits to registered jobseeker is not to be stopped by the national PES.

Use of measure

The measure concerns all jobseekers registered at ADEM.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public employment service
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


No involvement

Views and reactions

Social partners are not involved.


  • 06 April 2020: Mesures supplémentaires relatives à la situation liée au COVID-19 (


Eurofound (2020), Automatic extension of unemployment benefits, measure LU-2020-14/840 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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