Yellow jackets, the executive is working on an exceptional bonus for employees


The government plans to encourage companies to grant a bonus to employees, after tax and contribution, on the model of what Nicolas Sarkozy had done in 2011.

In search of measures to appease the rage of "yellow jackets", the government is firing on everything. For example, Bercy announced on Thursday 6 December the cancellation of the fine imposed on tax payers who pay by check a tax of more than € 1,000. A symbolic measure even if it is the first in the field of purchasing power that the executive is working to find answers.

Exceptional bonus

After announcing a "moratorium" and then a definitive "cancellation" of rising fuel taxes, a freezing of gas and electricity prices, the government is now working on a swift introduction of an outstanding amount premium paid from the companies.

The measure would have the merit of being very directly perceivable by the employees. And not to cost too much to the state, while the 2019 budget in the process of being defined is already amputating about 4 billion euros with cancellations of fees granted by the beginning of the week.

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To encourage businesses, the government plans to ensure that this premium is tax-free for employees and social charges for businesses. The topic was to be the meeting of the social partners, organized on Friday 7 December around Muriel Penicaud, Minister of Labor.

Companies have requested to participate

Faced with the social emergency, he insisted that the companies of the Ministry of Labor also have a responsibility, because " everyone can do something, so everyone has to do something in this dynamic ".

This urgent appeal was accepted fairly well by Medef. Ensuring that companies do not have to become " scapegoat Of the crisis, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, president of the employers' organization, has judged that this bonus could be " good idea ".

" A voluntary premium free of social security charges and taxes would be an urgent response to an emergency, which can be seized by businesses based on their capacitys ", assured Medef, a good way to insist on the need for this award to remain optional, and not mandatory.

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The idea of ​​an exceptional tax-free bonus was originally advanced by the leaders of the ethical movement. And it was quickly detected by some right-wingers, such as Xavier Bertrand or Valérie Pécresse. "I support this proposal above all because for months I have said that net wages must increase", then assured the president of the Île-de-France region on France Info.

The previous one of 2011

The award to which the government works could be inspired by the one implemented during the five-year period by Nicolas Sarkozy. Announced in 2011 and entered into force the following year, the provision was intended to require companies that have distributed increasing dividends to assign a bonus to their employee. It was therefore exempt from taxes and contributions, with the exception of the social package (at the time of 8%).

The scheme, however, concerned only companies with more than 50 employees and the company was free to set the amount of the premium. It had spread from a few euros (only € 8 for example to Securitas) to more than € 1,000 in some large groups (€ 1,200 expensive Hermes). With fixed amounts for all employees or based on the amount of salary.

About 1.3 million employees therefore benefited from this bonus, for a total amount estimated at around 400 million euros in 2012, then 350 million in 2013. At the end of 2014, the socialist government had put an end to the system, to judge which has not benefited SMEs' employees enough.

Mathieu Castagnet


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