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France — Plans to extend Transition payments to temporary employees and contract workers

28 May 2010

Prime Minister Francois Fillon, Economy Minister Christine Lagarde and Secretary of State for Industry and Employment Laurent Wauquiez will today announce the government's plans to extend the Professional Transition Scheme (Contrat de Transition Professionnelle) to temporary employees and contract workers, Le Figaro reports.

Under current legislation, the Professional Transition Scheme applies to permanent employees who have been made redundant. The permanent employee must have worked for his/her employer for at least two years prior to the redundancy. This entitles him/her to 80% of previous gross salary for the period of one year during which ex-permanent employees receive professional training and help with job applications. The scheme does currently not apply to contract workers and temporary employees.

The government now plans to run an experimental pilot project on extending the scheme to temporary employees and contract workers, starting within the next few months.

Employers and unions are eagerly waiting to hear answers to fundamental questions such as how long temporary employees and contract workers will have to have worked for in order to be eligible and what amount of money they will be entitled to.

The planned pilot experiment has already been delayed once before precisely because there was no agreement on the finer details of the scheme.



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