Restaurant coupons. As part of the Affordable Care Act, Parliament has legalized several measures related to the use of food vouchers. When will they be effective?
[Mise à jour du mardi 16 août 2022 à 14h41] VDo you use restaurant tickets to make your purchases? Good news, you will be able to pay soon Any food product, whether or not directly edible, And this, till December 31, 2023, within the limits of the prescribed daily ceiling. From what date will it be possible? This should happen as soon as the pro-purchasing legislation, which allows this device, is enacted. It was ratified by Parliament on August 4th and passed before the Constitutional Council on August 12th, so should be announced in the coming days. Until now, brands have limited the list of eligible products to foods that can be consumed immediately.
Another innovation, on September 1, 2022 the employer’s share of exempt meal vouchers was 5.92 euros. The maximum face value is now set at 11.84 euros. During the parliamentary review, the economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, said he was in favor of setting a new ceiling of €25 per day. In July he told MPs, “I am ready to increase the daily consumption price. According to the minister, this is by regulation, not by law. The announcement comes as the government ends the €38 ceiling on July 1, 2022 as part of a health crisis to support the catering sector. Currently, he It is no longer possible to use meal vouchers on weekends..
There is no law on restaurant tickets and the matter is not covered by collective agreements. It is the labor code that regulates the distribution of these tickets: employees cannot take their meals on premises designed for work, so the employer must provide a catering structure when the company employs more than 25 people. In this case, the company has several choices: distributing restaurant vouchers, setting up a company catering structure or an inter-company restaurant, or providing a lunch bonus.
What is the maximum limit of restaurant tickets per day? 25 euros?
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the maximum limit for the use of restaurant vouchers has been increased From 19 to 38 euros per day from June 12, 2020and this, Until June 30, 2022. The maximum payment limit for restaurant vouchers remains in 2022 38 euros per day, including weekends and holidays. This new ceiling is applied only Restaurant, Hotel-restaurant And Similar beverage establishments. Maximum restaurant ticket limit remains fixed 19 euros Food outlets such as hypermarkets or supermarkets. The government has promised to raise the rate to 25 euros a day, without specifying when the measure will come into effect.
Can we still use restaurant tickets on weekends? Saturday and Sunday?
No. From July 1, 2022, the government has ended the exceptional system of allowing restaurant vouchers to be used on weekends. To use restaurant vouchers on Saturdays and/or Sundays, your employer must authorize you to do so.
How much is a meal ticket?
Legally, employers are independent Determine the value of meal vouchers that it provides to its employees. However, in reality, they are rarely worth it More than 11.10 euros, due to tax. According to data from the National Restaurant Voucher Commission, the average face value of restaurant vouchers issued in 2021 was €7.70.
Where can I pay with restaurant tickets?
By law, restaurant vouchers allow food to be purchased or prepared at establishments that accept them. from March 2010, their use in supermarkets is more restricted. Restaurant tickets can only be used to purchase sandwiches, fresh, frozen or canned foods, prepared salads and mixed salads. Alcoholic beverages cannot be purchased with catering tickets.
From their designated locations, employees can make their meal vouchers available on the service providers’ websites Consult the specific list of points of sale Where to pay for restaurant vouchers.
Generally, merchants are not required to make changes to meal vouchers. The law generally allows the use of only one title. However, in practice, payment with two-day vouchers is tolerated. Finally, it’s in theory Meal vouchers cannot be used on Sundays As their use is reserved for working days. Employees working on Sundays are exempted from this rule if there is a special mention in their meal vouchers.
Employees can also use their restaurant vouchers Catering establishment Such as traditional restaurants, fast food establishments, self-service establishments or restaurants located in hotels. Can also be used for restaurant vouchers The Click and collect where Home delivery Food sold by this establishment.
Are restaurant vouchers mandatory?
Employers are not obliged to provide meal vouchers to their employees. Another way is to take care of staff catering.
- A company canteen
- A lunch bonus
But employers should Provide a space dedicated to catering Its employees where they can find equipment to store and reheat their food.
When is the restaurant voucher valid?
Restaurant vouchers have expired By the end of February next year. Unused 2021 restaurant vouchers can be exchanged free of charge Until March 15, 2022.
Can teleworkers take advantage of meal vouchers?
Are teleworkers entitled to meal vouchers? Opinions differ. The March 31, 2021, a ruling ruled in favor of the union and oil group Schlumberger’s Social and Economic Committee who protested against the cancellation of restaurant vouchers for workers who work from home. But in a judgment Dr March 10, 2021The Nanterre court ruled in favor of the companies that created the UES Malakoff Humanis, which no longer allocates meal vouchers to teleworked employees from March 17, 2020.
Indeed, the court reasoned, “teleworkers benefit from the same legal and contractual rights and benefits applicable to employees in comparable circumstances working on company premises”, recalling its contents. Article 4 of the National Interprofessional Agreement on Telework of July 19, 2005. But “in the absence of any additional costs associated with their catering outside their homes”, the employees being teleworked in their homes, Unsa Fesad, in this case opposes UES Malakoff Humanis, “could not legally maintain it without the delivery. of restaurant vouchers, teleworkers to employees working on site. shall not benefit from the same legal and contractual rights and privileges as “Employees of UES […] So it cannot be claimed […] for the allocation of restaurant vouchers”, the Court of Nanterre concluded.
Ursaf and the Ministry of Labor, however, provide information to the contrary: on the Q&A page dedicated to telework, the Ministry indicates that Teleworkers retain rights afforded to all employeesWith meal vouchers. For its part, Urssaf assures on its page dedicated to restaurant vouchers that “if company employees benefit from restaurant vouchers, the same is true for teleworkers at home, nomadic or satellite offices”.
Tax Exemption for Restaurant Vouchers: What are the Benefits for Employers?
Apart from the absence of obligation to have a canteen, restaurant vouchers are offered to the employer Exemption from social and tax charges on his contribution. However, the employer only benefits from a deduction from social security contributions on his contributions €5.55 By title in 2021 and €5.69 In 2022. If it is exceeded, the portion exceeding the ceiling is subject to contribution.
The same goes for employees: restaurant vouchers do not enter into the calculation of income tax, nor do they enter into social charges.
How are meal vouchers funded?
Meal vouchers are co-financed by the employee and the employer. The law sets a range for employer contributions that must be established Between 50% and 60% Title value. Apart from this, the tax benefits mentioned above are no longer accessible. When a company distributes restaurant vouchers to employees, their amount must be the same for all employees, whether a senior executive or a minimum wage employee.
How to order restaurant vouchers?
Can order their meal vouchers from companies Issuer of securities Such as Edenred, Sodexo, Chèque Déjeuner or Natixis Intertitres.