In exceptional circumstances, exceptional extension.
The unemployed at the end of their rights will see their compensation extended again until the end of March in the face of the Covid-19 crisis, the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne said on Sunday.
“Since November, we have extended the rights of those who have reached the end of their rights and I can confirm that we will extend these rights again until the end of March,” the Minister announced on BFMTV.
Unemployed people at the end of their rights: @Elisabeth_Borne confirms that the government "will extend these rights until the end of March" pic.twitter.com/IKn0m8CDDN
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Until then and after two extensions, these rights concerned the unemployed arriving at the end of their rights between October 30, the start of the second confinement, and February 28.
Unédic estimated in early February that a one-month extension would affect some 120,000 additional people.
The organization had estimated the number of unemployed concerned at 480,000 for the months of November, December, January and February.
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The exceptional extension of unemployment insurance rights had already been adopted during the first confinement which lasted three months, from March 17 to May 10.
A government "attentive to the situation of the most vulnerable"
The Minister also recalled the establishment of exceptional aid of up to 900 euros for all those who had short contracts or seasonal contracts and who were unable to work during the year 2020.
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According to her, "460,000 job seekers were able to benefit from this aid which is on average nearly 400 euros".
Faced with criticism from the opposition, Élisabeth Borne assured that the government remained "very attentive to the situation of the most vulnerable".