Infotech Unemployment insurance reform: “A complete unraveling of the foundations of 1958”

Unemployment insurance reform: “A complete unraveling of the foundations of 1958”




The government does not intend to back down. Barring a new twist, its reform of unemployment insurance, which toughens the rules for compensating the unemployed, is due to enter into force on 1er next october. A draft decree was sent to the social partners, repeating almost word for word the content of that of March 30, the application of which had been partially suspended by the Council of State on June 22.

A passage in force for a reform ” which calls into question the whole philosophy “Of the system, decrypts Mathieu Grégoire, sociologist at the University of Nanterre, co-author of the report” What evolution of unemployment insurance rights? », Retracing all the reforms between 1979 and 2019, both on compensation and on employment. Interview.

The Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, insists: “In some cases, you can earn more by being unemployed than by working. »Does this hold true?

No, that’s the most absurd idea ever. In the Labor Code, there is a simple principle: that the daily unemployment benefit is lower than the salary. And it turns out that the allowance is always – very – lower than the salary allowance. By construction, it is impossible to earn more by being unemployed than by working.

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However, at the start of the reform, the former Minister of Labor, Muriel Pénicaud, affirmed that “one in five applicants” received an allowance.

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