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- French National Assembly’s Committee Approves Bill on Internet Parental Control
On 12 January 2022, the French National Assembly’s Committee on Cultural Affairs and Education (the “Committee”) unanimously approved a draft bill seeking to “encourage the use of parental controls on certain equipment and services sold in France and allowing access to the Internet” (the “Bill”). Background In 2021, the French Supervisory Authority (“CNIL”) conducted a...
- COVID-19: France and Hong Kong
We will be featuring contributions from our global Employment and Benefits team on this blog, highlighting particular topics and issues of interest to UK employers with operations overseas. The new year has started with a range of new COVID-19 measures in different jurisdictions. Here are two recent updates from our teams in France and Hong...
- France takes over the Presidency of EU institution, vowing to implement European Green Deal
With the turn of the year, France took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), following Slovenia. The Council consists of a representative of each Member State at ministerial level and is the EU co-legislator together with the European Parliament. While it is the European Commission, EU executive, that has the...
- Study finds climate change could worsen microbial contamination of raw milk
Climate change could have a big impact on the microbiological quality of raw milk in Europe, according to a study. While many organisms suffer from the increased temperatures of climate change, some E. coli strains seem to be thriving. The danger is they have the potential to adapt to withstand the pasteurization process. Unpasteurized, raw...
- Mieux Vaut Tard Que Jamais- France Approves CBD Sales but Prohibits Hemp Flower
France recently announced a liberalization of its laws governing hemp. The French import and export market for hemp and hemp products is open. Continue reading “Mieux Vaut Tard Que Jamais- France Approves CBD Sales but Prohibits Hemp Flower”… The post Mieux Vaut Tard Que Jamais- France Approves CBD Sales but Prohibits Hemp Flower first appeared...
- Large drop but France still records more than 1,000 outbreaks in 2020
The number of outbreaks fell by more than 40 percent in France in 2020, largely because of COVID-19 measures, according to new numbers from the French public health agency. Overall, 1,010 outbreaks were declared in 2020 affecting 6,814 people. Of these, 396 went to hospitals and nine died. Officials are compiling outbreak numbers for 2021....
- Payment Terms in France: Updated Sanctions by the Regulator
Non-French companies need to pay attention to the French Payment Terms Regulations when paying (or being paid by) any French company. On December 2, 2021, the French regulator in charge of investigating and sanctioning noncompliance with the French payment terms regulation, the “DGCCRF,” published a “Review of the sanctions taken by the DGCCRF in the...
- Salmonella and Listeria outbreaks discussed at EU event
Almost 50 people fell ill in France with Salmonella infections this past year linked to chicken from one slaughterhouse. Salmonella in beef from Germany was also documented. Without whole genome sequencing (WGS), the persistent low-level outbreak could have gone undetected, according to a presentation at the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology conference,...
- An Introduction to France’s New Restructuring Laws
In the context of the EU Directive 2019/1023/UE of 20 June 2019 (“Directive”) and in the aftermath of the Covid crisis, France has reformed its insolvency legislation. The purpose of the legislation is both to implement the requirements of the Directive into the French legislation, but also to tackle the consequences of the Covid crisis...
- Procédure disciplinaire : avertissement et entretien préalable
Attention : un entretien préalable peut s’avérer nécessaire avant de notifier un avertissement ! La procédure disciplinaire en France est strictement encadrée. Néanmoins, la notification d’un simple avertissement n’implique en principe pas l’obligation d’organiser un entretien préalable avec le salarié. Il s’agit simplement d’indiquer au salarié par écrit qu’il a commis une faute et, que si son...
- ESOPs as seen from France
Indeed a small world. Seniorcsopie.com, an on-line French publication for seniors/baby boomers carried this article today, “The employee stock-ownership plan : a way to save for retirement”, that originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on January 22, 2007. It’s about the ESOP that the New...
- Air France Flight 447: Lightning, Thunderstorms, and the Airbus
Did the Pilots Attempt to Fly Through a Thunderstorm Intentionally? That’s very unlikely. Pilots avoid thunderstorms at all costs, because they know a thunderstorm can destroy any aircraft. Pilots use the aircraft’s on-board weather radar system to make sure they keep a safe distance. During the...
- The European Droit de Suite – An EU Effort to Strengthen the US Contemporary Arts Market?
In 2001, the European Parliament passed Directive 2001/84/EG, which requires all EU Member States to incorporate a so called “Droit de Suite” into their respective national copyright law codes by December 31, 2009. A key goal of the Directive is to eliminate competitive barriers that existed in the ...
- Champagne Producers Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Lightening the Weight of Their Bottles
Recently, the New York Times published on-line an article in its Energy & Environment section regarding a movement among champagne producers in France to make their bottles about 2.3 ounces lighter. According to the New York Times article, this reduction in bottle weight will lower the carbon...
- French Supreme Court Invalidates Agreement between Employers Not to Solicit Each Other’s Employees
In Europe, the validity of post-employment noncompete covenants is generally viewed with great suspicion by the courts and legislatures. Thus, in France, Spain and Germany, an employee’s agreement not to compete with a former employer is often rejected as an infringement of the principle of freedom ...
- British Thompson & Morgan Seeds Linked to French E. coli Outbreak – Is There a Connection to German Outbreak Too?
Thursday night I received an email that the Regional Health Authority of Aquitaine France was set to announce that at least eight people (now ten) from the Bordeaux area of France had been sickened, and several hospitalized, because of E. coli infections (with two testing positive for E. coli O104:H...
- Another Resistant Salmonella Strain Emerges
In a study published online Wednesday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, an international team of researchers led by France’s Pasteur Institute describes the emergence of a multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella, this one a variant of S. Kentucky. The new strain is highly resistant to several ...
- French Appeals Court Suspends U.S. Company’s Whistleblower Program
On September 23, 2011, a French Labor Court in Caen suspended a whistleblower program implemented by a U.S. company's French affiliate despite the fact that the French Data Protection Authority had inspected and approved the program prior to implementation....
- France – A ‘Sunshine Act’ for the Healthcare Industry
Originally published as Covington E-Alert on January 20, 2012 Law No 2011-2012 of 29 December 2011 on the Strengthening of Health Protection for Medicinal and Health Products (“loi relative au renforcement de la sécurité sanitaire du médicament et des produits de santé”) (the “New Law”),creating...
- France: Electronic Communications Providers Must Now Immediately Notify a Data Breach to the CNIL
This post was written by Daniel Kadar. On 28 May, the French CNIL released new practical guidance related to data violation. A new Article 34 bis has been added to the French Data Protection Act as part of implementing the Telecom Package obliging Electronic Communications Providers (ECPs) to...