Unemployment with company supplement: new amounts as of May 2024

Author: Laurence Philippe (Legal Expert)
Read time: 2min
Publication date: 07/05/2024 - 11:58
Latest update: 07/05/2024 - 11:59

The central index was exceeded in April 2024. As a result, certain social benefits will be indexed by 2% in May 2024. 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 May 2024

As from 1 May 2024, the minimum amounts of unemployment benefits (RCC/SWT) will be increased as follows:

  Daily amount (6 days/week) Monthly amount
Head of household €64.67 €1,681.42
Single person €52.42 €1,362.92
Cohabitant €46.58 €1,211.08

New maximum amounts of unemployment benefits on 1 May 2024

From 1 May 2024, the maximum unemployment benefit (RCC/SWT) will be €65,10 (or €1,692.60 per month).

Reference wage for calculating the company supplement

The ceiling for the reference wage will be raised on 1 May 2024 as a result of the index.  The ceiling will now be €5,047.06.

Effect on the existing company supplements?

Company supplements granted before 1 May 2024 will be indexed by 2% on 1 May 2024. 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 May 2024, 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
01.05.2024 €1,814.34 €907.16 €2,185.40 €1,092.70

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 May 2024, the amount of the penalty imposed when an employee with RCC/SWT is not replaced will also be adjusted. The fine is now €19.29.

Source: ONEmTech.

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