Entering into New Collective Agreements will now be Easier in France

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | Published by

Act of Parliament known as the “loi Travail” – new arrangements for conventions de forfait en jours In principle, working hours in France are recorded on a weekly basis, in hours.  Unlike many other countries though, arrangements known as conventions de forfait are possible, i.e. lump-sum remuneration agreements, designed to cover X number of days or […]

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France Adopts new Dispositions on Whistleblowers and Class Actions

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | Published by

Whistleblowers On November 8, 2016, the French Parliament passed a law reinforcing the whistleblower’s status. In so doing, France finally caught up with other European countries. Definitions The law defines the whistleblower as an individual (1) who selflessly and in good faith (2) reveals or reports (3): a crime or an offense (i) ; a […]

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Lessons from Recent Reforms to French Labour Law

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | Published by

The El Khomri Law (“loi Travail”), published on 8 August 2016, contains the most recent reforms to French labour law. The law, introduced by Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri in February 2016, was subject to extensive debate, both within society and before both houses of the French parliament. France has not been isolated in such […]

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Sick or Sick of Work?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | Published by

The burnout syndrome has been well known for several years now. An increasing number of employees have already felt its symptoms, such as ongoing or intense stress at work, chronic fatigue, anxiety, headaches, emotional upsets, etc. This illness can be quite costly for both companies and the State. Indeed, when an employee cannot work anymore, […]

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Tracking Employees by GPS: A Dangerous Road for Employers

Thursday, March 31, 2016 | Published by

In today’s world, employers have access to otherwise inaccessible information. Many employees now have cell phones, laptops, or other technical devices to increase efficiency. Some employers monitor their employees’ productivity through smartphone apps. On several occasions, Courts in the United States have ruled on the issue of GPS tracking in criminal matters and its compatibility […]

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International Efforts to Address Disability in the Workforce

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | Published by

Approximately 15% of the world’s population (estimated 1 billion people) live with disabilities.1 Despite such vast numbers, the rights of the disabled to obtain decent work is frequently denied. People with disabilities consistently face barriers to equal opportunities in the workplace. In comparison with non-disabled people, they experience higher rates of unemployment and economic inactivity […]

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New China Foreign Investment Law Proposed

Friday, July 17, 2015 | Published by

On January 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) announced a draft PRC Foreign Investment Law (the “FIL”) for public comment. The Chinese government aims to adapt foreign investment to the current situation of China´s development with this draft, as well as to create a stable and transparent legal environment. The spokesman of […]

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ECJ clarifies Minimum Wages for Posted Workers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | Published by

Strategic elements to protect workers’ interests and to prevent against social dumping, “minimum pay” raises legal issues in its practical implementation. On this point, Directive 96/71 provides additional clarifications by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ). In this regard, the European Court, in its ruling of February 12th 2015, considered that a […]

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Revisiting the Issue of Employees vs Independent Contractors

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Published by

In March of 2014, L&E Global published its first annual international practical guide on Employees vs Independent Contractors – Analysis on the difference between a contractor and an employee and the re-characterization of a contractor into an employee. One year later, this topic remains all the more relevant. Today’s globalized and mobile workforce demands flexibility […]

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Bear Scotland Part II: UK Limits Holiday Back Pay Claims to 2 Years

Monday, January 26, 2015 | Published by

As a follow up to our December 2014 Blog (http://blogs.leglobal.org/2014/12/12/new-court-ruling-impacts-holiday-pay-calculations/) and in the wake of the landmark ruling by the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Bear Scotland1, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service has proposed to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to ensure that claims […]

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