On March 22, 2014, employer and employee unions agreed to a new
agreement on unemployment benefits (Accord National
Interprofessionnel) which must be approved by the French
government before becoming effective. This agreement impacts the
extent to which an employee's unemployment benefits are
accumulated when starting new employment and also extends the
period of time before which an employee is able to receive
unemployment benefits if he/she received a termination payment
which exceeded the amount legally required to be paid on
Specifically, the new agreement allows job-seekers to carry over
their rights to unemployment benefits when they find new
employment. Under the current system, employees starting a new
position can partially lose their unemployment benefits when they
start new employment until such benefits are reaccrued.
The second change provides that employees who receive
termination payments in excess of the legally required payments may
have to wait an additional period of time before they can receive
unemployment benefits. The length of the delay before the employee
can receive unemployment benefits is dependent on a specific
formula. The length of the delay is capped at 180 days, and applies
when the amount of the additional termination payment exceeds
16,200 EUR. Previously, the delay was capped at 75 days for amounts
exceeding 6,750 EUR. Due to the additional delay, this provision
has been sharply criticized.
Once approved by the French government, the new agreement will
apply to all the employees whose employment terminates after June
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