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Private sector salary: is seniority pay mandatory?

Verified 02 July 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

No, the regulations do not require the employer to pay the employee a seniority bonus.

However, the payment of a seniority bonus must be paid to the employee only if it is provided for under one of the following conditions:

The amount of the seniority bonus can be, for example:

  • A lump sum
  • A percentage of the basic salary or the total gross salary or the conventional minimum wage
  • Casual (non-monthly) rewards

This bonus is in addition to the basic salary and must be shown separately on the payslip.

If payment of the premium is due and the employer refuses to pay it, the employee may seize the prud'homme council to assert his rights.