The bill for the 2019 social exemptions for companies was voted by parliament but has yet to be published. The text provides in particular for tax exemptions for overtime, the transformation of certain fiscal alleviation devices into social charges devices with the same purpose, and new provisions sanctioning illicit work. The measures will enter into force on January 1, 2019. However, many of these measures will need to be implemented via decrees that have yet to appear.
The French supreme court’s labour and employment division has characterised the existence of an employment contract between a delivery worker and an online platform, justifying its decision on the fact that the application used GPS tracking, allowing the company to follow in real time the delivery worker’s position, counted the total number of kilometers traveled, and that the company had the authority to sanction the worker.
In order to make wage equality between women and men effective, employers of at least 50 employees are obliged to measure pay gaps and to negotiate or establish catch-up measures within 3 years. Failing this, they will be face sanctions. This obligation will come into force by 1 January 2019 for companies with more than 250 employees and 1 January 2020 for companies with 50 to 250 employees. Decrees specifying the rules of application are expected shortly.
A succession of fixed-term employment contracts, with no waiting period (“gap”) between each contract, is lawful, for the same employee and the same position, only if each contract has been concluded for the one of the reasons provided for by the Labor Code, namely the replacement of an absent employee, a seasonal contract, or, finally, a “contrat d’usage”.
Non-executive employees may not claim, on the basis of equal treatment, the payment of a 13th month bonus that was reserved for executives, no matter the modalities of hte payment. This bonus is linked to annual remuneration paid in exchange for the work performed, and in this respect, executives and non-executives are not placed in an identical situation.
A new law that aims to improve the dynamics between civil society and the public administration ( «un État au service d’une société de confiance ») aims to put in place the right to rectify one’s mistakes vis-à-vis the administration. This allows the individual to escape financial sanctions or avoid being punished by having benefits revoked. The law provides for a control by the administration
An employee dismissed by the director of the parent company overseeing its activities is valid, since the latter is not completely detached from the subsidiary. This holds true even in the absence of any written delegation of authority.
A recently passed law creates new measures to combat sexual harassment. Companies with at least 250 employees will have to appoint a point of contact for sexual harassment and sexist behavior (in practice it may be the human resources manager). In addition, the law reinforces the posting requirements in this area. A decree to be issued must set the conditions for the application of these measures, which will come into force by 1 January 2019
When a first mutually agreed termination agreement is refused by the labour administration (Direccte), the new agreement entered into by the employer and employee requires a new, separate cooling off period of 15 days. The employer must absolutely respect this period before sending the new agreement to the Direccte for approval
A bill to be debated in Parliament in the fall plans to reform the impact of crossingheadcount thresholds. It provides, inter alia, for harmonizing the method of calculation of the number of staff and granting a five-year period, once the staffing threshold has been reached, to meet the corresponding obligations. A number of obligations related to the threshold of 20 employees would be transferred to companies with more than 50 employees