Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to France as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

France: Ex-employee’s retrospective data protection rights

May a company use the photographic image of an employee or ex-employee’s image for publication without the individual’s consent? In a recent Supreme Court case, the company had used, amongst others, the employee’s photo on company brochures …

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France: Union office held by company manager

The Supreme Court has ruled that a member of a company’s executive committee may be appointed as a union representative …

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France: Holiday vouchers for private sector employees

The ‘holiday voucher’ is a French scheme provided through the National Association of Holiday Vouchers (ANCV) …

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France: 2024 Apprenticeship and disability guide

In 2023, apprentices with disabilities represented only 2% of apprenticeship contracts …

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France: Cap on severance packages

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, is reportedly planning to announce very soon a change in the law that would set the maximum monthly salary used for calculating severance payments at €46,368 (US$50,400) …

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France: Online licence checking system

Employers may now readily check the validity of a driving licence and other relevant details (including restrictive conditions) in respect to those employees required to drive for business purposes using the new “License Check Portal” …

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France: Hiring assistance ceased

Since 1st January 2023, companies recruiting work-study students (apprentices and young people on ‘professionalization’ contracts) have benefited from hiring assistance of up to a total of €6,000 …

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France: New employer obligation on traceability of worker exposure to toxic chemical agents

Employers have until 5th July 2024 to establish a list of workers exposed to, or likely to be exposed to, carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxic chemical agents – even if only on a temporary basis …

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France: De minimis does not apply to unequal pay

In France there is no petty difference that cannot be judged as relevant to the issue of equal pay …

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France: Hair discrimination

The National Assembly (Parliament) agreed on 28th March 2024 to amendments under the Labour and Penal Codes banning discrimination on grounds of hair length, style, colour or texture …

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France: Can on-call duty be reclassified as actual working time?

A dismissed employee requested past overtime payments from his employer …

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France: Abolition of the green card car insurance certificate

Company car fleet managers should note that with effect from 1st April 2024, the green card insurance sticker that is currently affixed to a car windscreen, known as a carte verte, will be abolished in favour of a digital version …

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France: An accident whilst employee suspended was still a work accident

An employee, whose contract was suspended due to a succession of work stoppages, suffered discomfort when she appeared before the Commission called to rule on the dismissal measure envisaged against her …

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France: May an employee take leave without their employer’s consent?

Under the French Labour Code, it is an obligation on the employer to give two months notice to employees prior to the start of the holiday year – seeking to secure their expected holiday dates …

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France: Higher penalties for illegal employment

The criminal fine for employing a foreign worker illegally, or in the wrong category, has now risen from €15,000 to €30,000 …

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