A decree of 4 May 2012 approved the national cross-sectoral agreement (NCA) of 13 January 2012 on short-time work (Decree of 4 May 2012, OJ 8 May 2012).

Thus, the NCA has been made obligatory for all employers and employees included in its territorial and sectoral scope of application.

To recap, the NCA of 13 January 2012 contains provisions concerning:

  • the base for calculating hourly remuneration paid by the company;
  • short-time work periods taken into account in calculating the length of paid leave;
  • how short-time work will affect the distribution of mandatory and optional profit-sharing.

A second decree dated 4 May 2012 approved the national cross-sectoral agreement (NCA) of 6 February 2012 concerning long-term short-time work (Decree of 4 May 2012, OJ 10 May 2012).

Thus, the NCA has been made obligatory for all employers and employees included in its territorial and sectoral scope of application.

Under the terms of the NCA of 6 February 2012, the social partners asked Unédic to conclude an amendment to the agreement signed with the State concerning the financing of long-term short-time work. This amendment should provide in particular for the sum of Unédic’s contribution to the financing of long-term short-time work to be set at 2.90 euros from the first hour onwards.