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Entering into New Collective Agreements will now be Easier in France

Act of Parliament known as the “loi Travail” – new arrangements for conventions de forfait en jours In principle, working hours in France are recorded on a weekly basis, in hours.  Unlike many other countries though, arrangements known as conventions de forfait are possible, i.e. lump-sum remuneration agreements, designed to cover X number of days or […]

Extended Employment Contractual Notice Period Clauses

Background Currently, there is a trend amongst corporations utilizing extended employment contractual notice period clauses as a strategy to retain key employees. Extended notice periods are gaining popularity in all parts of the globe including Switzerland, South Africa, India and Hong Kong. Where talent is limited and the market is competitive, specifically executives and industry […]

Lessons from Recent Reforms to French Labour Law

The El Khomri Law (“loi Travail”), published on 8 August 2016, contains the most recent reforms to French labour law. The law, introduced by Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri in February 2016, was subject to extensive debate, both within society and before both houses of the French parliament. France has not been isolated in such […]

A Slap in the Face in the Workplace: Implications for Employers and Employees

French employment law requires proportionality in implementing disciplinary measures. In other words, the employer must take into account not only the reproached facts, but the context in which the misconduct was committed, before enacting a sanction. The circumstances will determine the degree of the employee’s fault/liability. The judge has the power to annul disciplinary measures […]

French Dismissal Procedure Questioned

In order to end an employment contract, French labor law requires employers to follow a particular multi-step procedure. Firstly, the employer has to summon the employee to a preliminary interview. This interview cannot take place less than five days after the employee has received the convocation letter. Such a delay aims at allowing the employees […]

Sick or Sick of Work?

The burnout syndrome has been well known for several years now. An increasing number of employees have already felt its symptoms, such as ongoing or intense stress at work, chronic fatigue, anxiety, headaches, emotional upsets, etc. This illness can be quite costly for both companies and the State. Indeed, when an employee cannot work anymore, […]