Like many professions on the front line during the epidemic, thousands of employees of two large French banks (BNP Paribas and Société Générale) should receive "the Macron bonus": a reward for going to an agency or in the offices during confinement, believe they know the Agefi (the Economic and Financial Agency), and Les Échos .
As a reminder, this premium, which was part of the arsenal of measures in favor of purchasing power following the crisis of "yellow vests", is fully tax exempt and exempt from social contributions and contributions: it does not cost the the employer only what he pays directly to the employee, and the employee does not pay charges on it. It aimed to give a boost to workers earning up to three smics. Renewed in 2020, it was capped at 1,000 euros, an amount increased to 2,000 euros at the time of confinement.
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From 400 to 750 euros
At BNP Paribas, 400 euros should be paid to employees who have come to work in an agency or in central services for three to ten days, and 800 euros beyond ten days of presence during confinement (from March 17 to May 10). About 16,000 bank employees, earning less than 80,000 euros per year, are expected to receive the bonus in July.
At Société Générale, negotiations are underway with the unions and management has refused to confirm any details. But to believe Les Echos and l'Agefi, the rewarded employees could receive 500 euros for 10 to 19 days of presence, and 750 euros for more than twenty days on site. 16,700 people, earning less than 65,000 euros per year, would be eligible, for a budget of 10 million euros, according to these two media. In the two banks, this reward would come in part "to compensate for the drop in profit-sharing linked to the abolition of the dividend, requested by the regulators from all the banks", specifies Agefi.
As for employees who worked at home, at Société Générale, they would receive a catering allowance of 100 euros for the confinement period.