Employees leaving their position will be presumed to have resigned.

The National Assembly voted majority and LR amendments on Wednesday to limit access to unemployment insurance, despite criticism from the left.

“The employee who has voluntarily abandoned his position and does not return to work after having been given formal notice for this purpose (…) is presumed to have resigned”, stipulate the amendments adopted by 219 votes against 68 within the framework of the examination in first reading of the unemployment insurance reform bill.

The government, through the voice of Minister Delegate Carole Grandjean, said it was in favor of this measure on job abandonment, “a constantly increasing phenomenon”.

These employees no longer come to work, without justification, and end up being fired by their employer.

They can then receive unemployment insurance.

Stormy atmosphere

The left has taken issue with this phenomenon, citing “marginal” cases and arguing not to “weaken the protection of employees”.

“What is the cause of these job abandonments?

asked Communist Pierre Dharréville, thinking of working conditions.

Conversely, Dominique Da Silva (Renaissance), on the same line as Horizons and MoDem, argued that job abandonments disrupted companies and that it was a question of providing a "clear and fair" measure for each.

“We are not depriving employees of any rights.

They always have the possibility of an appeal "before the industrial tribunal, also underlined Jean-Louis Thiériot (LR), criticizing among some on the left "the choice of the right to laziness".

In a stormy atmosphere again, the Socialists assured that the measure adopted was unconstitutional, and not compatible with the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Unemployment insurance is in principle reserved for people who are involuntarily deprived of employment.

For resigners, there are some limited exceptions.

But a dismissal for abandonment of post constitutes a dismissal for fault and does not currently deprive the dismissed of his right to benefit from unemployment insurance, although the abandonment of post is "voluntary".


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