Luxembourg -Use of state paid reduction of working hours increases -March 25, 2015

927 employees will work reduced hours as against 692 in February, thereby an increase of state paid compensation.

The number of employees working reduced hours under the so-called ‘chômage partiel’ scheme is set to increase for the third consecutive month in April. 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. The measure is aimed at helping companies in difficult financial circumstances. The economic committee decided to grant all of the 15 applications submitted for April. Out of 2,038 workers employed by the involved companies, 927 will work reduced hours (in February 692 employees were working reduced hours).

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