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- Mutual Termination Agreements: Between Temptation and Risk for Employers
Over the past few years, the “individual mutual termination agreement” ("rupture conventionnelle individuelle") has become an increasingly popular method of terminating employment contracts.
- Secondment of employees in France: What’s new? Review of the new regulations on the secondment of foreign employees in France
The “Professional Future” law of 5 September 2018 entered fully into force last summer, after publication of decree No. 2019-555 and the order of 4 June 2019, leading to the reform of the system for the secondment of foreign workers in France. Moreover, order No. 2019-116 of 20 February 2019, transposing EU Directive No. 2018/957 of 28 June 2018, provides for new regulations which increase workers’ rights and employer obligations, applicable beginning 30 July 2020. Please see full Publication below for more information.
- Bonne nouvelle pour le barème Macron : la cour d’appel de Paris emboite le pas de la Cour de cassation
Dans la foulée de l’avis rendu par la Cour de cassation le 17 juillet 2019, la cour d’appel de Paris, par un arrêt du 30 octobre 2019, valide à son tour le barème Macron. Ce dispositif légal, qui plafonne les indemnités pouvant être accordées aux salariés licenciés sans cause réelle ou sérieuse, est contesté par les juridictions prud’homales depuis sa mise en place par une ordonnance du 22 septembre 2017.
- Competition Newsletter November 2019
The French Competition Authority sanctions a grouping of road hauliers for customer allocation - On October 28, 2019, the French Competition Authority fined the first European grouping for transport and logistics Astre €3.8 million for having implemented since 1997, i.e. over twenty years, an unlawful agreement between its members, aimed as allocating customers, on the grounds of a non-competition obligation. In this decision, the French competition watchdog clarified two aspects of the conditions for the application of the settlement procedure.
- Nuovi obblighi per le aziende con più di 11 dipendenti in Francia : l’elezione del CSE, istanza di rappresentanza del personale
Entro il 1° gennaio 2020, tutte le imprese aventi più di 11 dipendenti in Francia devono aver eletto il proprio “Comité social et économique” cd. CSE.
- Employment Alert – November 2019 - An elected CSE member, whether incumbent or substitute, cannot be appointed as trade union representative on the CSE
In a decision dated September 11, 2019 (Cass. soc., September 11, 2019, No. 18-23.764), the French Supreme Court ruled that an employee cannot, in a same body and at the same time, hold the deliberative duties of his mandate as CSE member and the advisory duties of his mandate as trade union representative.
- The French Competition Authority Can Now Be Notified Online of Concentrations
For concentrations meeting the conditions set forth in Article L. 430-2 of the French Commercial Code, a notification to the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence) is mandatory. To facilitate merger control procedures, an online pre-notification and notification procedure for concentrations that are eligible for the simplified procedure is available on the internet site of the Competition Authority as of Oct. 18, 2019.
- Première convention judiciaire d'intérêt public pour fraude fiscale
La sixième convention judiciaire d’intérêt public (« CJIP ») intervenue depuis la création de ce mode transactionnel par la loi n° 2016-1691 du 9 décembre 2016 (« Loi Sapin II ») a été validée le 28 juin 2019 par le tribunal de grande instance de Paris.
- France Prohibits Use Of Facial Recognition Technology To Control School Entry
The French Data Protection Authority, CNIL, has prohibited the use of facial recognition to control entry into a school as disproportionate saying that alternative less intrusive means are available, such as badge control.
- Competition Newsletter October 2019
The General Court of the European Union validates the principle of the Commission’s approach in the fight against tax advantages to multinationals but orders it to be rigorous - By two decisions, Starbucks and Fiat, of September 24, 2019, the General Court of the European Union has validated the principle of the Commission’s approach in its fight against the tax advantages granted to multinationals by some Member States, in the context of tax advance rulings under state aid rules. However, in the first of these decisions, the Court condemned the Commission for its lack of rigor in demonstrating the illegal aid.
- French Court Orders French Competition Authority to Disclose Antitrust Investigation Documents
On 24 August 2011, the Commercial Court in Paris ordered the French competition authority, the Autorité de la concurrence (Autorité), to disclose documents relating to the settlement of an antitrust investigation in the context of a private damages action. This order could significantly strengthen ...
- One year of Data Protection Enforcement in France: what the CNIL's Activity Report Reveals
The French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) has recently issued its activity report for 2011. It provides us with some interesting data and allows us to reflect on the ever-growing importance of privacy and data protection in France. Video-surveillance, the right to be forgotten on the Internet,...
- Cour de cassation Rules on Automotive Quantitative Selective Distribution Agreements
The Cour de cassation, France’s highest court for judicial matters, rendered a judgment on 15 January 2013 in a case involving Jaguar’s distribution agreements in France. The judgment follows an earlier ruling on the matter by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), from which the Cour...
- CNIL Cracks Down on Employee Video Monitoring and Password Strength
In a recent decision (deliberation CNIL May 30, 2013 n°2013-139), the French Data Protection Agency (CNIL) sanctioned a company for implementing a CCTV system without informing employees and because the CCTV enabled the constant monitoring of one employee making the recording disproportionate to...
- What Are The Main Differences For Dismissing An Employee Between The US And France?
Contrary to the U.S., which has the concept of “at-will” termination, to dismiss an employee in France, an employer must have a “real and serious cause” and must comply with a specific procedure. The cause is not pre-determined by the employment contract....
- Important changes to French Insolvency Legislation
Article 2 of Law no. 2014-1 of 2 January 2014 enabled the French government to simplify and secure the legislation relating to companies in difficulty. Following consultation with practitioners, the French government issued an Ordonnance (the Order) on 12 March 2014 which was...
- "French Government Extends Its Veto Rights on Foreign Investments in Country’s Strategic Sectors"
On May 15, 2014, the French government published a decree extending its veto rights over foreign investments in French strategic sectors (the New Decree). The New Decree has been dubbed the “Alstom Decree” by the media, as it comes in response to the French government’s concerns regarding the $16.9 ...
- One year of Data Protection Enforcement in France: what the CNIL’s Activity Report 2013 Reveals and what to expect in 2014
- France: Taking into Account Absences Due to a Strike While Calculating Bonuses Does Not Necessarily Infringe the Right and the Freedom to Strike
Under the French Labor Code, the exercise of the right to strike shall not lead to retaliation by the employer in terms of employee compensation or benefits....
- First Class Actions introduced in France by consumer associations (French version)
Depuis l’entrée en vigueur le 1er octobre 2014 des dispositions de la loi Hamon introduisant une action de groupe en droit français, plusieurs actions ont déjà été initiées témoignant d’un vif intérêt des associations de consommateurs agréées pour ce nouveau dispositif. Reste maintenant à attendre...