Sick : the government recommends a diagnosis

This is a sensitive subject on which the government has decided to put the pedal soft. At the heart of the summer, all of the employers was drawn up against a project that was wholly unexpected : to be paid by the business daily allowances (IJ) relating to absences of less than eight days.

Today, “the hypothesis of a transfer brutal” of this burden on employers is no longer on the agenda, as recently outlined by the prime minister. But Edouard Philippe does not intend, for all, bury the folder. He said it again to the leaders of the trade union and the employer that he has received these last few days to prepare for the social agenda of the school.

On Wednesday, the prime minister announced that a mission of reflection on the work stoppages had been entrusted to Jean-Luc Berard, HR director of the industrial group, Safran, and Stéphane Councillor, a magistrate of the Court of auditors. An initiative rather surprising to the extent that the general inspectorate of social affairs has handed over, at the beginning of July, a report on this topic. Anyway, a first step will be made in October ; the proposals of MESSRS. Bérard and Mentor are expected for the end of the year or the beginning of 2019.

If the government starts to work on this folder, it is in the optical control of a source of spending very dynamic. According to the latest report of the Commission of accounts of social Security (CCSS), the IJ represented a little more than 10.3 billion euros in 2017, up 4.4 % in a year. Over the period 2014-2017, they increased by 4.2 % per year on average – a force “supported by the judgments of more than three months,” according to the CCSS. The amounts are paid to persons who cease to work for medical reasons, after a “waiting period” of three days in the private sector, and one day in the public service.

Data gaps

Several factors are advanced to explain the increase of the IJ : the aging of the…

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