EmploymentLast update: 10/02/2021
The Government strongly recommends limiting smoking, coffee or meal breaks between several people and the need to adopt a static position in such a situation.
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.
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.
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%.
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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.
Period covered by the measure : The Partial Exemption from Employers' Charges covers contributions from August 2020 to March 2021.
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Economic Recovery Support Commission (CARE)
The companies benefiting from CARE aid this summer, whose business sector is strongly and durably impacted by the current economic crisis, can - according to certain criteria - apply for renewal of the aid, for the first quarter of 2021.
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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.
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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.
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.
Your employer cannot force employees to take leave without giving prior notice.
Act No. 619 enacting the system for annual paid leave, stipulates that the notice period must be a minimum of one month. This can be reduced to 15 days by special agreement.
Employees who usually receive a gross base salary of less than or equal to EUR 2,075.16, for 169 hours per month, will not lose any of their income. They will receive their usual net salary, since this is less than EUR 1,800.00.
Employees who usually receive a gross base salary of between EUR 2,075.17 and EUR 2,571.43, for 169 hours per month, will be entitled to the safeguard clause at a rate of EUR 1,800.00.
If your employer wishes to pay the extra 20% so that you continue to receive your full salary, the State will exempt the employer from social security contributions on this additional portion.
In the case of higher salaries, a cap has been set at 4.5 times the minimum wage.
As with the opening of shops, home services are authorized in accordance with the health measures in force.
Concretely, when an employee or civil servant of the Principality has a work stoppage providing for a professional absence, while awaiting the completion of a PCR screening test, for isolation measures, he will receive daily allowances paid either by the CCSS or by the SPME from the first day of shutdown.
The implementation of this measure is subject to the prescription of a "COVID PCR screening" work stoppage.
This measure takes effect from January 15, 2021 until February 28, 2021.