France: Obligations in relation to private health insurance

An employer must give to each employee (in French) at the commencement of their employment contract an explanatory note (notice d’information) clarifying their rights to private health insurance for health expenses (additional reimbursement coverage including for medical expenses, hospital expenses, pharmacy costs, dental costs, etc) and life assurance coverage (benefits for death, work incapacity or … Read more

France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 4

This briefing summarises the Macron reforms in relation to the introduction of a new codified right to make collective terminations by agreement (outside of a social plan). This is a change from the current situation, permitted by case law, where an employer can ask for volunteers for redundancy, but only within the scope of voluntary … Read more

France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 3

This briefing summarises the Macron reforms in relation to the simplification of redundancy processes: limiting the economic difficulties test to the business sector in France exclusively; refining what is a business sector; reducing the redeployment obligations – limiting these to France; for companies making less than 10 redundancies in 30 days : simplifying the scope … Read more

France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 2

This briefing summarises the Macron reforms to consolidate works councils and other employee representative bodies, through the ordonnance on “the new organisation of social and economic dialogue and encouraging the exercise and importance of trade union responsibilities”. Read more

France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 1

This is the first of our detailed briefings in relation to the Macron labour law reforms and will cover the subject of caps on tribunal damages. Budgeting for a dismissal? This is one of the reforms which has generated the most press interest and challenges by the trade union representatives. The key points to note … Read more

France: The Loi Travail – Introduction

One of Emmanuel Macron’s key campaign promises was the reform of laws relating to employees partly, in order to help French companies respond in a more flexible manner to the challenges they are facing to become more competitive in the global market and encourage the creation of jobs. Read more

France : New rules on unemployment benefits (convention d’assurance chômage)

On 14 April 2017 the latest unemployment insurance agreement (convention d’assurance chômage) was agreed by trade unions and employers’ organisations and entered into for a period of 3 years. The provisions of this agreement come progressively into force from 1 October 2017 and will be applicable for a period of 3 years under the supervision … Read more