Laying off home help with French CESU

The Cesu home worker payment system is convenient for employing a gardener, cleaner or childcare help at your home but you must abide by certain rules if you wish to stop the work.

28 August 2019
By Connexion journalist

First, you must clearly identify the reason: for example, a change in circumstances or a fault by the worker.

In the first case, you may wish to offer a change to the contract.

In the second case, if faults are minor, they should be of a repeated nature, eg. not a one-off occasion of arriving late.

You should send a recorded delivery letter with receipt slip, asking the person to attend an interview at a time and date at least five days away with a view to possible redundancy (entretien préalable).

After hearing the employee’s views, you then, after two days, send a letter notifying them of the redundancy and the reason.

Then there is a notice period, except in the case of a serious fault on the worker’s part such as theft or repeated unjustified absences, depending on length of service, from a week to six months.

Compensation is payable, again depending on the length of service. You also need to ensure wages are paid up and that you provide a certificat du travail and attestation Pôle Emploi.

The Cesu service can help with these formalities.

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