Recent news

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

France: Is France about to introduce a 32-hour working week?

A public debate has started amongst politicians and journalists about reducing the working week from 35 to 32 hours and introducing the 4-day week …

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France: Strengthening health protection

An overhaul of occupational health systems is being undertaken by incorporating a national inter-professional agreement into French law …

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France: Agreements for the employment of foreign nationals

Once the periods of lockdown are over, employers should not forget that France has a number of agreements in place for the employment of foreign nationals, particularly from the French-speaking world …

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France: BNP Paribas to let some bankers work from home half of the time

A new collective teleworking agreement between BNP Paribas and unions SNB and the CFDT will allow eligible employees to work on a hybrid basis from September 2021 …

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France: Health pass requirements

With effect from the 30th August 2021, any employee who is required to justify their health status because of exposure to the public, or to vulnerable people will be required to have a health pass …

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France: Deadline for post-Brexit permit applications extended until September 2021

The deadline for British citizens to apply for residence permits under the UK Withdrawal Agreement has been extended until 30th September 2021 …

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France: Wages in the private sector (2019)

According to the latest data from the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), in 2019, the average net monthly salary for a full-time private sector employee rose by 1 …

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France: Splitting of annual paid leave

When an employer requires an employee to split their annual paid leave, or take it outside normal holiday periods, it is an obligation for the employer to compensate them through additional leave …

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France: Purchasing power bonus

The government has renewed the facility to offer a special “purchasing power bonus” for employees whose gross pay is below three times the minimum wage …

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France: Duty of confidentiality

Employers should take great care when distributing information to trade unions or works council representatives …

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France: Paternity leave increased from 11 to 25 calendar days

Paternity leave (and leave for de facto fathers) has now been increased …

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France: Pôle emploi will refuse obsolete employer certificates

Employers with 11+ employees must now issue a new format Pôle emploi certificate to departing employees …

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France: A new home-work mobility plan at Orange

The French telecom company Orange has reached an agreement with trade unions CFDT, FO and SUD on a new, environmentally sustainable, travel to work plan …

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France: Susbidised payment during COVID pandemic

An upper limit to the total subsidised compensation level for hours not worked during a period of partial activity due to the health crisis was initially intend to be introduced on 1st January 2021 …

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France: Government to ratify ILO Convention 190 against violence and harassment in the workplace

In spite of trades union opposition, the Council of Ministers has voted to ratify ILO Convention 190 on the elimination of all forms of violence and harassment in the workplace …

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