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After announcing a bonus for all healthcare workers, Muriel Pénicaud confirmed on Thursday the creation of another bonus, this time for second-line workers.

Muriel Pénicaud confirmed Thursday the creation of a bonus for second-line workers.
Muriel Pénicaud confirmed Thursday the creation of a bonus for second-line workers. JACQUES WITT / AFP

It’s confirmed! After the announcement on Wednesday by the President of the Republic of an exceptional bonus (the amount and terms of which remain to be defined) “For all healthcare workers and civil servants mobilized” who form the front line in the fight against the coronavirus, Muriel Pénicaud confirmed on Thursday the creation of another bonus, this time for workers in the second line. That is to say, employees, freelancers and self-employed who continue to work and move to go to their office or carry on their activity. “The idea is to offer them a bonus because they play a key role in the war we are waging against the virus”, decrypts a relative of the Minister of Labor.

This bonus, provided for in an ordinance that Muriel Pénicaud and Bruno Le Maire must sign this Friday, and subject to the remarks of the Council of State, will be desocialized (exempt from employee and employer contributions) and tax exempt (not subject to tax on Income). Like the “Macron premium”, it will be optional and left to the good will of companies. “We want to give a legal basis to reward those who fight alongside caregivers”, insists the Ministry of Labor. The question of its cap, at 1000 euros or more, was still in arbitration Thursday early in the evening.

Until now, only the payment of a so-called “Macron” bonus, but on simplified terms given the situation, was in the pipeline

The question of rewarding people who continue to work has been on the table for a week. So far, only the payment of a so-called “Macron” bonus, but on simplified terms given the situation, was in the pipeline. Employers, on the other hand, are campaigning for a bonus to be paid by the public authorities, on the grounds that companies will not have the means to reward their employees after the crisis when activity picks up again.

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