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Seasonal workers: Tips for dealing with unemployment insurance reform – Relations de Force

The unemployment insurance reform will take effect in October 2021, and will significantly reduce the amount of benefits that seasonal workers receive. Here are some tips to try to mitigate the effects as much as possible.

be careful ! If you’re a seasonal worker, work in November, December, and January, your unemployment benefits expire and you’re about to get a job in June, July, and August, you can fall from a height. The amount of allowances you will receive at the end of these six months of work will be much less than what you could have claimed before the unemployment insurance reform.

Unemployment: How much will you lose after October 1?

As a reminder, in your case, since the reform implemented by Elizabeth Bourne came into effect (October 1, 2021), the amount of the Return to Work Allowance (ARE) amount is no longer calculated based on those six months you worked, but taking into account the entire period of November to August, ie 10 months. So you will unlock rights for 10 months, as against 6 previously, but your monthly allowance will be reduced.

Note in passing that you need 6 months of full-time work now to unlock the rights, versus 4 before the repair.

Seasonal workers are the first victims of unemployment reform

This is the spirit of this particular reform: the Arab Republic of Egypt is now spread over a longer period and therefore the amount received per month is lower. The goal, moreover, is to compel the “licensed” (workers who alternate between short contract periods and periods of unemployment) to return to work as quickly as possible…dedicated. It is also to save money, because by extending the period of compensation more unemployed people find work before their rights are exhausted, which always leads to less money from the treasury.

Good operation for the government, less for the unemployed. According to Unédic’s forecast, the latest reform will penalize 1.15 million people within the first year of implementation and their benefits will decrease by an average of 17%. Even more dangerous: 400,000 people will suffer a 40% decrease. Most affected among them? Seasonal employment: one million people, according to the Ministry of Labor figures.

In Morbihan (56), the unemployed CGT decided to take on the problem. It must be said that Brittany, a tourist area, welcomes many seasonal workers. “ Many of them have not yet encountered the decline in their area. Not everyone has yet realized the effects of reform, and our first role is to inform them ‘,” maintains Vladimir Bizet Guilron, the 56th unemployed CGT activist.

In addition to a massive poster campaign warning of the ticking time bomb that reform poses to seasonal workers, the union offers valuable advice for trying to escape what it calls “ Macron’s Uneasy Haircut This means the reduction in the amount of the Arab Republic of Egypt due to the recent reform of unemployment insurance.

Aiming at six months of continuous work

Since the reform, the period that allows the granting of entitlement is 6 months (and is no longer 4), the best strategy for those who do not yet have entitlements is to work for at least 6 consecutive months to unlock rights without deduction, summarizing the document.

It’s not a matter of finding a single six-month contract, which is practically impossible because the tourist or agricultural seasons rarely last that long. But the idea remains to determine the number of vacation days between different contracts (through a sequence of 2 or 3 contracts?) during these six months. Thus you will largely escape the opponent.

In order not to get trapped by a bad boss and/or into a job with unsustainable working conditions, the unemployed CGT 56 has another trick.

Before your appointment, it is possible, at the initiative of the employee, to conduct a simulation period in a professional environment. It is a Pôle emploi agreement, during which you are not an employee. So it is not a period that could create an uneasy opponent for Macron.

This strategy is not infallible, however, as the union proves (at the end of the article) that even alternating between 6 months of full work and six months of lifelong unemployment, Macron’s “anti-risk opponent” will wind up. After 8 years of work. This is due to the month of waiting, the month without compensation between your employment contract and the receipt of your benefits, which ends in forming the moment your new rights are calculated coinciding with the unemployment period. Making unfavorable calculations is inevitable.

Deplete your unemployment balances

For those with residual unemployment (the rights are open but not exhausted because you tied another employment contract before the contract runs out), the task becomes more complicated. And the best thing is to sell it before accepting a new contract.

In fact, Pôle emploi will pay you these balances between your various seasonal contracts, once you have had your unemployment period. As long as it is not exhausted, it will prevent you from accessing the new rights account.

A priori, this is not necessarily a problem, since these balances can constitute a completely satisfactory allocation. However, concerns arise when the balance runs out and it is time to calculate the new rights.

At that time, Pole emploi will take into account the last 24 months (36 for recipients age 53 or older) in your ARE account! Among them, there will inevitably be periods of non-work – during which I received the famous rest. Result: the period during which your expenses are charged back only beyond those of your employment contracts … and you will receive a reduced allowance.

Concretely, the seasonal worker who receives the minimum wage will eventually receive an allocation between two contracts that will increase from 950 euros to 720 euros per month. ‘, CGT is considered unemployed 56. Ironically, trying to exhaust what’s left before starting a new decade amounts to staying voluntarily unemployed…everything Elizabeth Bourne seemed to want to avoid.

Despite these ploys, unemployment insurance reform forced Bill and seasonal workers into unsustainable long-term distortions.

Many people work as seasonal workers, not by choice but by default. They did not choose their tenures. The union concludes that others are in dire need of periods of inactivity to replenish their workforce.

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