Partial unemployment: The decree exceptionally extending the duration of the partial activity scheme at SXM and St-Barth came into force!


The Minister of Labor, Mrs. Muriel PENICAUD, signed on May 2, an order extending the duration of the partial activity mechanism in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy.

Published in the Official Journal on May 12, this decree exceptionally increases the annual quota of compensable hours for partial activity allowance from 1000 to 1600 hours per employee. This derogation from the partial activity system under ordinary law aims to take into account the economic shock of the passage of Hurricane IRMA and to help companies operating in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy to keep their employees until 'to the next tourist season.

Set up in the weeks following the passage of Hurricane IRMA, the adapted partial activity system appears today as an important social shock absorber for the Northern Islands. On May 3, 2018, 705 Saint-Martin businesses benefited, representing 5404 employees and a potential cost of 26,5 million euros in the event that the beneficiaries first use all of the 1000 hours of partial legal activity .

In Saint-Barthélemy, 423 companies were affected by the adapted partial activity scheme, representing 2 employees at a potential cost of 933 million euros.

Partial activity has helped stabilize the number of job seekers in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy in recent months. According to the latest figures from the DIECCTE de Guadeloupe, in Saint-Martin the number of job seekers required to look for a job (categories A, B and C) stood at 4645 people in the 1 st quarter of 2018, a figure almost stable compared to the 4th quarter of 2017 (+ 26 people) and down 4,7% over one year. In Saint-Barthélemy, the number of job seekers in categories A, B and C stood at 646 people in the 1st quarter, a stable figure compared to the 4th quarter 2017 (+ 5 people) but up by 18,5 .XNUMX% over one year. Partial activity is a tool for preventing layoffs, making it possible to keep employees in employment when the company faces cyclical economic difficulties. For each compensable unemployed hour, the company is required to pay its employees an hourly allowance but in return obtains an activity allowance from the State.

Order of May 2, 2018 setting the annual quota of compensable hours provided for in article R. 5122-6 of the labor code and applicable to the islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy for the year 2018 - https: // www.


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