2. State Aid
- Government subsidies and special relief resources allocated to support employers, and workers, in their efforts to maintain employment and pull through the crisis.
- The major government assistance has been in the form of the “Short Time Work” or “Activité Partielle” scheme that allows employers affected by the pandemic to be reimbursed by the State for the wages paid to employees who cannot continue to work full time.
- Relief packages have also been enacted by parliament for many small businesses.
- There have been deferred or even cancelled social charges and contribution dues for certain categories of businesses.