Luxembourg -State paid reduction of working hours -May 01, 2015

Stabilization of the ‘chômage partiel’ programme, where companies can reduce labour costs by cutting hours, while employees are compensated by the State is seen.

The use of the so-called ‘chômage partiel’ scheme will stabilise in the next month. Under the programme, companies can reduce labour costs by cutting hours. Employees meanwhile are compensated by the state for the wages lost as a consequence. In May the state will help pay the wages of 748 private sector employees, with eleven companies covered by the partial unemployment scheme. The measure will cost the state 700,500 euro in May, a significant decrease from April, during which the state paid wage compensation worth 954,000 euro to 927 employees on reduced hours.

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