May 14, 2022

Jean Castex announces “exceptional aid” for two months for certain hotel, catering and event companies

This aid will be equal to 20% of the amount of their gross payroll, i.e. the cost of salaries and charges, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday evening.

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Extended help. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced new support measures for the catering, hotel, event and travel agency sectors in the face of restrictions linked to Covid-19, Tuesday January 18.

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Companies with less than 250 employees in these sectors will be able to benefit from a “exceptional assistance with the payment of employee contributions” from a loss of turnover of at least 30% in the months of December and January. This aid will be equal to 20% of the amount of their gross payroll – i.e. the cost of salaries and charges – said Jean Castex.

As for companies with less than 250 employees in the same sectors which will lose more than 65% of their turnover, they will receive, for December and January, this same aid for the payment of employee contributions of 20%, but they “will also be exempt from employer charges”, added Jean Castex.

The Prime Minister also welcomed the adoption of an agreement “historical” on rising wages in the hotel and catering industry, after the deadline for unions to sign it expired on Monday evening. The latter provides for a minimum salary 5% higher than the Smic and an average increase of 16.33% of the entire current salary scale. Its application could start between March and April.