Employer

Employer

Last update: 16/11/2020

Yes. Employers and self-employed workers in the Principality who are experiencing a significant drop in business as a result of the coronavirus epidemic and are unable to make the next payments due may submit a request to the Monaco Social Security Funds Collection Office, describing the nature of the difficulties encountered and full contact details, including the registration number of the self-employed worker and/or company.

Please note that employers must, in all cases, continue to complete the usual declarations. This measure covers Social Services Compensation Fund (CCSS), Independent Pensions Fund (CAR) and unemployment insurance contributions, as well as Sickness, Accident and Maternity Insurance for the Self-Employed (CAMTI) and Independent Pensions Fund for the Self-Employed (CARTI) contributions.

Reviews are carried out on a case-by-case basis. A response will be sent by email as soon as possible.

More information on www.en.caisses-sociales.mc

Yes.  Companies and self-employed workers in the Principality who are experiencing a significant decrease in trade can ask to stagger their payments to the SMEG and Monaco Telecom.

More information : spe.gouv.mc

The Prince’s Government has decided to allow the Principality’s employers access to its supply lines for masks, offering them the opportunity to purchase alternative masks for their employees working in the Principality at cost price, subject to availability.

You can order the masks online and collect them according to the procedures that you will receive following your order.

Please note : The distribution centre will close on Wednesday, July 15. Requests can be made until July 14 at 6 pm. After this date, companies will no longer have access to the online service and will no longer be able to purchase masks.

Find out all the information about this procedure on Public Services  for Businesses website.

The Prince’s Government has made changes to support measures in light of the resumption of activities. Measures will focus on gradual, sector-based adjustments to the strengthened provisions for total temporary layoff, coverage of social security contributions for the sectors hardest hit by the health crisis, transitional support and assistance provided via the Guarantee Fund.

CTTR

Changes have been made to the strengthened provisions for total temporary layoff (CTTR) since they were introduced in March 2020.

It has been announced that the provisions will be extended to 31 March 2021. From 1 November 2020 therefore, in all sectors that have been heavily impacted by the crisis (events, culture, recreation, sport, travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, local shops, transport, nightclubs, etc.), no supporting documentation will be required. In sectors which have experienced an indirect hit, such as wholesale trade, printing or consultancy and management firms, applicants will need to prove that their revenue has fallen by at least 30%.

More information on: How-to-declare-Total-Temporary-Layoff

Partial exemption from employers’ contributions

The Prince’s Government intends to go further in supporting sectors that have been particularly hard hit by the crisis: tourism, the events industry, culture, sport and some shops, potentially covering up to 620 businesses.

This measure partially exempts companies that have experienced a severe and lasting impact as a result of the COVID-19 crisis from their obligation to pay employers’ CAR (retirement) and CCSS (social security) contributions for the months from October to December 2020.

It is important to note that this measure has been opened up to new economic sectors. An updated list is available on the webpage. It is also now available to businesses with revenue of less than €5 million in 2019, rather than €1 million.

More information on How-to-apply-for-Partial-Exemption-from-Employers-Contributions

Economic Recovery Support Commission (CARE)

Companies which received assistance from the Economic Recovery Support Commission (CARE) this summer, in sectors where business has experienced a severe and lasting hit as a result of the current economic crisis, can apply for this assistance to be renewed for the final quarter of 2020, provided certain criteria are met. The recipients concerned have received an email with further details

More information on Commission-d-Accompagnement-pour-la-Relance-economique-C.A.R.E

Home working (Flexible teleworking)

Home working allows businesses and employees to introduce a more flexible approach to organising work at employees’ homes. This is designed to enable business continuity while meeting any constraints resulting from the health crisis (including the need to comply with social distancing, protecting vulnerable people or school closures).

Home working is open to all employers and employees in the Principality, on condition that the employee’s home is in Monaco, France or Italy.

This approach to working will remain an option until the end of 2020.

More information on How-to-declare-home-working

Employers in the Principality may pay a special COVID-19 bonus to some or all of their staff.

This bonus will be exempt from social security contributions up to a limit of €1,000 per recipient.

The amount of the bonus can be adjusted for different recipients on the basis of working conditions related to the COVID-19 epidemic, time spent at the company during the health crisis, specific working conditions related to the company’s business, whether or not there was contact with customers, and the length of time to which staff were exposed to these specific working conditions.

Bonuses can be paid in one or more instalments, but no later than 31 August 2020.

The Prince’s Government is putting in place a social safeguard clause. If you are an employer and you hire an individual who has worked in Monaco for more than 20 years and recently lost their job due to COVID-19, you will be exempted from paying social security contributions. There are currently nearly 5,000 employees who have worked in the Principality for more than 20 years.

Yes, support measures such as total temporary layoff (CTTR) and reduced social security contributions are still in place.

To learn more about the measures for companies, see: service-public-entreprises.gouv.mc/Covid19/

NO, however it is strongly recommended in both the private and public sectors.

It is compulsory to wear a mask in all industrial and office buildings, unless an operator is working alone and does not receive the public, or if screens of sufficient height have been installed between the workstations (at least 95 centimetres in height from the desk top).

It should also be noted that masks must also be worn in all enclosed areas that are open to the public, in all establishments that are open to the public and in queues inside and outside.

These measures apply to everyone except children under the age of five, for whom the wearing of masks is not required.

No.  It is not possible to organise screening of employees on site (notice by the CCIN, May 2020).

You (employer) should ask him or her (the employee) to go home immediately, specifying that they must observe enhanced barrier measures with regard to the people around them.  You should also contact the Office of Occupational Medicine to report this positive case (97.98.46.46 / info-covid19@omt.mc).

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

Symptoms that are suggestive of the disease (loss of taste, of smell) may also be justification for the employee to return home immediately and observe the enhanced barrier measures.  The Office of Occupational Medicine should also be contacted.

For other symptoms, the employee may be advised to consult a local doctor.

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

No. The results of a PCR test are subject to medical confidentiality.

You should contact the Office of Occupational Medicine on 97.98.46.46 and/or by email (info-covid19@omt.mc) to inform them of the COVID+/highly probable case, give them the contact details of the person involved (surname, first name, date of birth, mobile phone number, email address, CCSS or SPME social insurance number) and draw up a list of persons with whom the employee has been in contact with this same information (last name, first name, date of birth, mobile phone number , email address, CCSS or SPME social insurance number)

An epidemiological investigation can then begin for the occupational doctor.

In theory, no employee needs to stop working if teleworking can be undertaken.

In this case, it will only be possible for high-risk contacts to benefit from a certificate of absence from work from the OMT, until the results of their PCR test are available.

Low-risk contacts can return to work while respecting the enhanced barrier measures among those around them.

Definition of high-risk contact (if no mask is worn):

  • Sharing the living space of a symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID case (for example  family, same bedroom)
  • Face-to-face discussion at less than 1 m, regardless of duration
  • Contact at less than 1m50 for more than 15 min
    (These two situations often occur when a meal is taken together, during a coffee break or cigarette break or when taking part in sport in close proximity)
  • Meeting in an enclosed space for more than 15 min. at a distance of less than 1m50

 

Definition of low risk contact:

  • Pupils or teachers in the same class
  • Immediate neighbour in the office at a distance of less than 1.50 m who is wearing a mask
  • Situations in which barrier measures are frequently not observed:  for example, being present in or having close contact in a changing room/cloakroom or refectory at the same time as a positive case.

 

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

While an epidemiological investigation is taking place following the presence of a COVID+ case, contacts who test negative will be able to return to work as soon as they receive their results, while respecting enhanced barrier measures until 14 days after their last contact with the positive case.

Positive contacts will be followed up by their general practitioner (with regard to stopping work, treatment, etc.).

Definition of enhanced barrier measures:

  • Wearing a mask at all times
  • Strict hand hygiene
  • Not sharing work tools (such as computers, telephones, tools, personal protective equipment, etc.)
  • No breaks or meals to be taken together

An employer cannot ask to receive the results of the PCR tests of his or her employees. The employer can contact the office of occupational medicine (OMT) to obtain confirmation of the possible response of the work of its employees following the epidemiological investigation carried out.

 

Yes. Employees who have a season ticket and have been temporarily laid off can ask for their season ticket to be suspended by simply contacting the Public Car Parks Office at spp@gouv.mc .

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Businesses in Monaco that are encountering proven financial difficulties may request a review of their situation with a view to staggering tax payments (corporate tax and/or VAT only). The businesses concerned nonetheless have a responsibility to comply with their reporting obligations by the legal deadlines. For more information on this measure: How-to-declare-and-pay-VAT

The Committee for Assistance to Businesses in difficulty (COMED), will be reactivated in a new form to deliver the best possible response to the economic difficulties faced by Monegasque companies impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Information and submission procedures will be available soon on Public Services for Businesses website, following the introduction of other emergency measures.

For any further information, you can contact the COVID-19 Businesses unit by email : covid19entreprises@gouv.mc

No.  To support traders, Monaco City Hall is making traders who rent municipal premises exempt from paying their rent or other fees for the month of March and until the end of the crisis.

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When a case of COVID-19 is confirmed (positive PCR test) or highly likely within a business, (i.e. presenting symptoms suggestive of loss of taste and smell), the employer must follow the following procedure :

  • If the employee is present in the workplace, the employer should ask him/her to return home immediately and must comply with increased barrier measures with regard to the people in his/her immediate environment
  • The employer must inform the Office of Occupational Medicine promptly by telephone on 97.98.46.46 (on weekdays) and/or by email at info-covid19@omt.mc giving the contact details of the person who has tested positive
  • The occupational physician will send the employer the required protocol for drawing up a list of contact persons at the employer's premises: the employer must inform the occupational physician promptly of the contact details of the persons who are potentially affected
  • The employer must ask the persons he identifies as high-risk contacts to return home and to comply with the increased barrier measures with regard to people in their immediate environment
  • The occupational physician will carry out an epidemiological investigation in association with the employer and, where appropriate, in conjunction with the Department of Health Affairs public health inspector, as concerns civil service departments, or the school doctor, for schools in the Principality
  • The occupational physician will prescribe PCR tests for the persons identified as contact cases and will send them the prescription by email with the appropriate health instructions. He or she can also issue a certificate of cessation of work to high-risk contact persons, if teleworking is not possible. The PCR test is carried out 5 to 7 days after the last contact with the employee who tested positive. The result is given to the prescribing occupational physician
  • The Department of Health Affairs organises the PCR tests
  • High-risk contact persons should remain at home while awaiting the result of their PCR test; low-risk persons can go to work with increased barrier measure
  • The National Screening Center, the occupational physician or the epidemiological investigation unit will inform the persons tested of the results of their PCRs:
    - If the PCR test is positive, the next step is taken by the general practitioner (cessation of work, treatment, etc.)
    - If the PCR test is negative, work can be resumed, with increased barrier measures for up to 14 days after the last contact with the person who tested positive

An employer may not ask to be informed of the test result, which is a matter of medical confidentiality, in order to accept the employee's return to work.  Nor is it permitted to have tests carried out to determine whether employees are COVID-19 positive (advice from the CCIN, May 2020).

A molecular test (PCR) is mandatory for people entering Italy, with the following exceptions:

  • Persons entering Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours for proven needs for work, health or absolute urgency
  • Transit, by private means, through Italian territory, for a period not exceeding 36 hours
  • Qualified health-care professionals entering Italy for the exercise of professional health occupations
  • Cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven work reasons and their subsequent return to their residence, accommodation or place where they are staying
  • Personnel from businesses and entities whose main or secondary office is in Italy, for trips abroad for proven work needs of a duration not exceeding 120 hours
  • Civil servants and officials, whatever their designation, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, and military and police personnel carrying out their duties
  • Pupils and students, to follow a course of study in a State other than their State of residence, dwelling or abode, to which they return every day or at least once a week
  • Crews of means of transport
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