The exceptional aid created in November to guarantee a monthly income of 900 € net to precarious workers is extended by three months, that is to say until the end of May, announced Monday February 15 the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne, in a press release to the ‘AFP.
“Given the uncertainties linked to the evolution of the health situation and the current difficulties of the labor market, I wanted this aid to be extended until the summer to protect precarious workers. Those and those, who worked a lot in 2019 but had short contracts, were severely penalized by the crisis “, explained Élisabeth Borne.
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This aid, which has already benefited 400,000 people, allows all those who worked at least 138 days on a fixed-term or temporary basis (i.e. more than 60% of annual working time) in 2019, but who were unable to work enough in 2020 to recharge their rights to unemployment insurance due to the crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, to benefit from a minimum income guarantee of € 900 per month. Initially planned to cover the months of November, December, January and February, it is extended for the months of March, April and May.
165,000 young people have already benefited
“More than 400,000 people have already benefited from it for the months of November and December, including 165,000 young people under the age of 30”, indicates the ministry.
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This aid was announced at the end of November by Jean Castex and should notably benefit seasonal workers or event workers. The first payments were made on February 5, for the months of November and December. The bonus for January will be paid between 21 and 24 February, that for February at the end of March. The last payment, for the month of May, will take place in June.
Pôle emploi also sent a letter to more than 100,000 potential beneficiaries who still have to provide additional documents to be able to receive this aid.