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Gas, business support, teleworking: what changes on September 1 – France


Increase in gas prices

The regulated sales tariff (TRV) for natural gas sold by Engie will increase by 8.7% (i.e. 7.9% including tax) on September 1, due in particular to the rise in world prices. This increase, in line with the trend of recent months, will be 2.7% for customers using gas for cooking, 5.5% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and 9% for those who use gas for cooking. gas-heated fireplaces.

Three days of teleworking possible for civil servants

Public officials will be able to telework for a maximum of three days a week under a framework agreement signed in mid-July by the nine trade unions, public employers and the government. This agreement has the particularity of being binding on employers, which is not the case with the national inter-professional agreement signed in the private sector.

For state and hospital public services, the agreement provides for lump-sum compensation for teleworking costs up to a maximum of “220 euros per year”. Local authorities have until December 31 to negotiate locally.

On the other hand, there will be more “minimum number of days” of telework required by the state in private companies. A new protocol will allow “the management of the company, in discussion with employee representatives, to define the rules for teleworking”, announced Monday the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne.

Meal voucher ceiling doubled for another six months

The doubling of the daily cap for meal vouchers when they are used in restaurants is extended until February 28, 2022. It therefore remains at 38 euros, instead of 19, for the next six months.. This measure aims to support the sector’s activity, which has been particularly challenged by the health crisis linked to the covid-19 epidemic.

Solidarity fund extended but under conditions

Companies will now have to achieve at least 15% of their pre-crisis turnover to benefit from it, in order to avoid “windfall effects” and encourage companies to reopen. The solidarity fund has been extended until the end of September, before switching to “tailor-made” aid based on fixed costs.

Social security tax exemptions from which certain companies affected by the health crisis were benefiting have also been terminated.

Le 3919 available 24/7

The helpline for women victims of violence, 3919, is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the extension of hours started in June also covering weekend nights. Open at night, the anonymous and free service is now more accessible for women living in overseas territories, despite the time difference with the metropolis.