In application of the provisions of Article L. 911-8 of the Social Security Code stemming from the national inter-professional agreement dated 11 June 2008, companies are required, as from 1 June 2014, to maintain the benefit of employees’ “healthcare costs” coverage free of charge for a maximum period of up to 12 months, in case of termination of their employment agreement (except for gross misconduct “faute lourde”).

The same measure will be extended to the benefits plan (“prévoyance”) as from 1 June 2015 – for the time being, portability is limited to 9 months and may require a financial contribution by the former employee.

Ifthey have not done so already, companies should renegotiate their “healthcare costs” policies with their complementary health insurance provider, and review the document having introduced such coverage in the company (CBA, agreement ratified by staff or unilateral decision by the employer), before making such new measures known to staff. Lastly, the information given to departing employees must be accordingly adapted (particularly the certificate of employment).