If the price of the card increases in the coming months, “companies will automatically see their contribution increase”, explains Benoît Serre.
5, 15 or 25 euros: if the precise figure is not yet known, there is no doubt that the price of the Navigo pass will increase from 1er January 2023. The government and Valérie Pécresse, president of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) in respect of her political responsibilities, are engaged in a showdown. The region urges the government to increase the contribution of companies, but sees itself opposed to an end of inadmissibility. “We are in the process of lowering the business tax, especially industrial ones. You have to be consistent”, explains Clément Beaune, Minister Delegate for Transport. The outcome of the debate should be known on December 7, after an IDFM meeting on the subject.
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Be that as it may, the Ile-de-France employer is already obliged by law to bear at least 50% of the cost of the transport ticket for its employees. Their support will therefore increase with the price: “The contribution of employers to the Navigo pass is expressed as a percentage, so companies will automatically see their contribution increase on a pro rata basisconfirms Benoît Serre, vice-president of the National Association of Human Resources Directors (ANDRH) and himself HRD for the L’Oréal group. In other words, if the Navigo pass increases by 20%, to 90 euros per month, the employers’ contribution will also increase by 20%, from 37.60 euros to 45 euros. The increase in the Navigo pass will therefore be largely borne by the employer.
This obligation to finance half of the transport ticket for employees has been enshrined in the Labor Code since 2008. It applies to annual, monthly and weekly fixed prices for public transport networks, not to unit tickets. As Benoît Serre reminds us, the proportion of 50% constitutes a legal minimum but can be increased by the employer according to his free will.
The constraint also concerns all companies, regardless of their size. This is where the shoe pinches, according to Benoît Serre. “The increase in the contribution of companies will not be experienced in the same way in large groups and in SMEs. For small businesses already wrung out by the Covidthis mandatory increase may add to their financial distress”he worries.
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