Coronavirus: flexible unemployment procedure until 31 May!

Author: Els Poelman (Legal Expert)

The National Employment Office (ONEm/RVA) has announced that the flexible rules for temporary unemployment due to corona will be extended until 31 May 2020, following a decision of the Minister of Employment.


Since 13 March, the procedure for temporary unemployment due to corona has been limited to an absolute minimum. For unemployed workers, it is sufficient to submit the monthly declaration of the days of unemployment (social risk declaration DRS/ASR scenario 5) indicating it concerns unemployment due to ‘force majeure’ along with the reason ‘corona’. The standard previous steps no longer apply, in particular the notification of the suspension to the ONEm/RVA and the application for benefits per employee (social risk declaration DRS/ASR scenario 2).

The flexible procedure was initially linked to the (consecutive) lockdown periods, and was therefore guaranteed until 19 April. This created insecurity for many companies, as they can only gradually resume normal activity after the lockdown and will therefore make use of temporary unemployment for longer. The extension meets this concern, at least until 31 May.


Source: notice website ONEm/RVA. No regulatory texts are available yet.

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