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On 10 July 2019, the Chamber of Deputies passed the law 7269 amending the Employment Code by creating an activity to assist in employmentinclusion for disabled employees and employees in external reclassification.

Persons with the status of disabled employees as well as employees in external reclassification have more difficulties not only in finding a job but also sustainably reintegrating into the job market.inclusion often comes up against the fact that companies are not equipped to support the long and sensitive process of including a disabled employee or an employee in external reclassification.

The creation of this new initiative called "assistance forinclusion in employment" therefore has a twofold objective:

  • Facilitate the sustainable professionalinclusion and, above all, the retention in employment of people with the status of disabled employees as well as employees in external reclassification on the ordinary job market by identifying their particular needs and by training members of their professional entourage in the specificities of theirdisability or reduced work capacity.
  • Aim to encourage companies to hire more disabled employees or those in external reclassification by offering them the possibility of using an approved external expert to support the professionalinclusion process in the company of one or more disabled employees or employees in external reclassification.

The law is a step forward in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDPH), which Luxembourg signed in 2011 and which provides in article 27 that States parties must undertake to take appropriate measures to promote employment opportunities and the advancement of persons with disabilities in the job market, as well as assistance in finding and obtaining employment, maintaining employment and returning to work.

"Since the new assistance aims to maintain long-term employment, it contributes to a more inclusive society. The law considerably increases the autonomy of people with disabilities or in external redeployment and allows them to participate in social and professional life on an equal basis with people whose working capacity is not reduced," explained Corinne Cahen, Minister for Family andintegration and Patron of the Lëtzebuerg Diversity Charter.

She also underlined that it was ensured that all decisions relating to assistance were taken, not by the employer unilaterally, but in close consultation with the disabled employee or, where necessary, with the employee in external reclassification. To promote the development of the empowerment of people with disabilities, they were also involved and consulted in the drafting process in various ways.

Discover here the whole process to be able to benefit from theinclusion assistance. 

Published on 26 July 2019