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France: The labour law reform

Following his election, President Macron announced major reforms starting with a large-scale overhaul of labour law. So, what are the most important changes that will impact your day-to-day HR management? The main goals of this reform are to provide more security for work relationships, to give companies more flexibility, more power to negotiate working conditions directly with employees and to reduce their financial exposure in cases of wrongful dismissals.

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France: Major changes to whistleblowing laws

Until recently, there was no obligation to implement a whistleblowing policy in France. However, when such a policy was put in place very strict regulations applied. These included obtaining prior authorisation, which was only very reluctantly granted, from the French data protection agency (the “CNIL”). Law of 9 December 2016 on transparency, the fight against corruption and the modernisation of the economy (referred to as “Sapin II”) created general protection for whistleblowers. It also introduced the following new compliance obligations for companies. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Religion in the workplace: French perspective

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently issued two rulings, on 14 March 2017, regarding religion in the workplace, one a Belgian case, the other a French one. On 15 March 2017, we reported on the Belgian case in detail (see: European Court of Justice Rules for the first time on Discrimination Based on Belief). In what follows, we set out our reaction to the French case. Ganzen Artikel lesen


EURO 2016 or work, do we really have to choose?

We’ve just put the rackets away and it’s already time to take out the football cleats. The EURO 2016 started on Friday 10 June and with it arises the perpetual question of whether it is possible to watch matches at work. Both the astute and the disgruntled may be surprised to see this type of article flourishing around the time of the EURO, since the rest of the time they are not used to seeing titles like “Can I read magazines at work?” or “Can I watch my favorite TV show during my working hours?”, because the answer is so evident. Ganzen Artikel lesen


Employers must look for a purchaser before closing a site in France

Multinational employers with smaller sites in France quite often are surprised to hear that, during international restructurings, the requirements of French law may cause them to rethink their timeline, strategy and/or general approach when implementing measures that affect their French entity. We describe one such special requirement which has the potential to make restructurings grind to a halt. Ganzen Artikel lesen