A Decree of 19 November 2012 (n°2012-1271) re-establishes the employer's obligation to ask for an authorization before implementing short-time work. It came into force on November 22, 2012. From March 2012 to November 22, 2012, it was not necessary to obtain authorisation. It has been reintroduced to secure the legal situation of the employer.
What is new is that after fifteen days from the date the application was received, the authorization is now considered as tacitly approved.
After receiving express or tacit authorisation, the employer shall ask the DIRECCTE to be awarded a special short-time work allowance "allocation spécifique de chômage partiel".
A Circular from the Minister of Employment dated November 21, 2012 (n°2012/22) provides forms that can be used to ask for authorization and apply for the related allowance.