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France-Luxembourg extend social security break to 15 November



Archive photo shows cross-border workers from France taking the train Frédéric Antzorn

Archive photo shows cross-border workers from France taking the train Frédéric Antzorn

Luxembourg and France have extended the period for which cross-border workers can continue teleworking from homes in France without impacting their social security affiliation.

In normal times, a Luxembourg employee who spends more than a quarter of their working hours outside of the grand duchy will see their social security affiliation switch countries.

This threshold was suspended under an agreement reached at the start of the pandemic, and that was due to expire on 30 September.

Under the latest agreement, announced on Wednesday, the threshold suspension will be extended to 15 November, 2021. This date coincides with the end of the state of health emergency in France.

Luxembourg counts close to 210,000 cross-border workers, of which more than 110,000 live in France, according to figures published by Statec.

The announcement comes a day after Belgian and Luxembourg governments permanently extended the annual threshold of work from home days for Belgian cross-border workers to 34 days per year.  The “Luxembourg-Belgian compromise”, as it was described, comes into force in January 2022. Belgian residents make up around a quarter of Luxembourg’s cross-border workers.