Camp cancelled or child quarantined: is temporary corona unemployment possible?

Author: Catherine Legardien (Legal Expert)
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During the period from 1 July to 31 August 2021, an employee who has to be absent from work to care for his child as a result of a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus may receive temporary unemployment benefits for force majeure corona.

Which situations are targeted?

According to the ONEm/RVA, temporary unemployment benefits for force majeure corona can be granted in the following two situations:

  • if a minor child who is cohabiting with the employee cannot attend a holiday camp or organised after-school care for which he or she is registered, because the camp or care is cancelled or interrupted as a result of a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus;
  • if a minor child who is cohabiting with the employee cannot attend a holiday camp or organised after-school care for which he or she is registered, because of a quarantine obligation imposed on him or her as a result of a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus. 

Please note! For the same period, only one person who is cohabiting with the child may appeal to temporary unemployment for force majeure corona.

What are the formalities to be completed by the employee?

The employee who wants to make use of this right must respect the following obligations:

  • immediately inform his employer;
  • provide, without delay, to his employer:
    • the “Child care summer holidays cancelled corona” certificate signed by the employee and the organiser of the holiday camp or the extra-school care, if the child cannot attend a holiday camp or organised after-school care for which he or she is registered, because the camp or care is cancelled or interrupted as a result of a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus;
    • the “Child care summer holidays quarantine corona” certificate signed by the employee and the organiser of the holiday camp or the extra-school care, if the child cannot attend a holiday camp or organised after-school care for which he or she is registered, because of a quarantine obligation imposed on him or her as a result of a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus. This certificate must be accompanied by the child's quarantine certificate.

Source: ONEm/RVA

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