Unemployment with company supplement: new amounts as of September 2021

Author: Laurence Philippe (Legal Expert)
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The central index was exceeded in August. As a result, certain social benefits will be indexed by 2% in September 2021. This has an impact on the company supplements paid in the context of unemployment schemes with company supplements (RCC/SWT).

New minimum amounts of unemployment benefits on 1 September 2021

As from 1 September 2021, the minimum amounts of unemployment benefits (RCC/SWT) will be increased as follows:

 

Daily amount (6 days/week)

Monthly amount

Head of household

€54.50

€1,417.00

Single person

€44.17

€1,148.42

Cohabitant (amount up to the 24th month)

€39.25

€1,020.50

New maximum amounts of unemployment benefits on 1 September 2021

From 1 September 2021, the maximum unemployment benefit (RCC/SWT) will be €55.01 (or €1,430.26 per month).

Reference wage for calculating the company supplement

The ceiling for the reference wage will also be raised on 1 September 2021 and will now be €4,263.13.

Effect on the existing company supplements?

Company supplements granted before 1 September 2021 will be indexed by 2% on 1 September 2021. However, in some sectors, such as the upholstery sector (JC 126) or the hides and skins industry (JC 128), this indexation takes place at the same time as the indexation of the sector scales.

Thresholds for the withholding of 6.5 % to be borne by the unemployed person receiving a company supplement

The RCC/SWT is not subject to normal social contributions. A 6.5 % social contribution intended for the NSSO will be deducted from the total amount of the unemployment benefit and the (legal and extralegal) company supplement.

However, the application of the above withholding may not cause the total amount of the system of unemployment with company supplement to fall below certain thresholds.

As of 1 September 2021, the thresholds for applying these withholdings in case of conventional RCC/SWT (CLA No 17) or half-time bridging pension (CLA No 55) are determined as follows:

Application date

Unemployed with company supplement

without dependant (€/month) (1)

Unemployed with company supplement

with dependant (€/month) (1)

.

CLA No 17

CLA No 55

CLA No 17

CLA No 55

01.09.2021

€1,532.53

€766.26

€1,845.95

€922.97

NB: The 6.5% withholding will be limited or will not be applied when the (full) withholding would cause the amount of the unemployment benefit + the company supplement to fall below the above minimum amount based on the dependent family members.

Sanction for not replacing an employee with RCC/SWT

On 1 September 2021, the amount of the penalty imposed when an employee with RCC/SWT is not replaced will also be adjusted. The fine is now €16.46.

Source: ONEmTech.

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