France: Transfer of employees between group companies – an update

1.    Previous practice Previously, transferring French employees to another group company (whether in France or overseas) with their consent was a fairly simple process, involving a simple tri-partite agreement between the employee, the existing group company in France and the new group employer (whether in France or elsewhere). This mechanism enabled a clear termination of … Read more

Europe: ECJ rules that obese employees may be disabled

In a decision on 18 December 2014[1], the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recognised that obesity can, in certain circumstances, entail limitations amounting to a disability for the purposes of the European Directive 2000/78 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation. Read more

France: Law requiring employees to be informed two months in advance of an intention to sell shares or assets in small and mid-size companies (Loi ESS – 31 July 2014)

Following our earlier post on the controversial Law of 31 July 2014, setting out an obligation for small and mid-size companies to inform employees in advance of an intention to sell 50% of the assets or shares (and to give the employees the opportunity to make an offer to buy), the French Parliament has been … Read more

France: Proposed abolition of the risk of imprisonment for breaches of obligations towards the works council

France's President, François Hollande, announced yesterday plans to replace the possibility of criminal sanctions (including imprisonment) for délit d'entrave (breaches of obligations vis-à-vis works councils) with simple fines. These proposals are to be included in draft law to be presented to the French Council of Ministers in December and debated in the French Parliament in … Read more