Elected President of the Republic on 7 May 2017, Emmanuel Macron made numerous proposals to reform social law in France. In particular, he plans to reduce employers’ social security contributions, restore social welfare exemptions (employer and employee) from overtime, penalize employers who use short contracts “unreasonably”, merge the employee representative bodies, and increase the level of negotiation at company level. He also wants to implement a mandatory ceiling for redundancy payments without a real and serious cause. He also wishes to intervene in health law and promote vocational training.
In order to act very quickly, he is considering reforming via ordinance, that is, by enabling Parliament to authorize the government to take measures that must then only be ratified by the Parliament. However, this still requires an authorization from Parliament. Obtaining a majority in Parliament in the elections of 10 and 17 June is therefore essential to enable him to embark on his reforms this summer.