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- More cash for less time off – a temporary measure to deal with inflation in France
What helping hand could the French State, traditionally a Welfare state, give to employees with the lowest income and therefore those most affected by inflation? Only a large-scale measure, both attractive to employees and employers, would have had a chance of achieving the dual objective of increasing the purchasing power of employees without jeopardising the...
- Telephone Solicitation: New Rules Regarding Hours and Frequency Effective in 2023 in France
As of March 1, 2023, a series of restrictions on telephone solicitation will be added to those already in place in France. Opening hours Telephone canvassing will only be possible on weekdays (excluding public holidays) and only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. This measure applies even to...
- Major E. coli, and Salmonella outbreaks highlighted at a conference; investigations ongoing
Two major foodborne outbreaks have recently been highlighted at a European conference on infectious diseases. Presentations at the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) covered an E. coli outbreak from Nestlé pizzas in France and a multi-country monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak due to Ferrero chocolate. In February 2022, Santé Publique France identified...
- CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS: DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE FRENCH WORKS COUNCIL
One of the main employment aspects to be taken into consideration in corporate transactions, in particular in multijurisdictional ones, is the potential role of the works councils. This is a particularly hot topic when it comes to France where the social and economic committee (known as the CSE) has important powers and its involvement can...
- France Updates its Whistleblower Protection to Transpose the EU Whistleblower Directive
In December 2016, the “Sapin II” law introduced comprehensive mandatory whistleblowing schemes (amongst other things) for certain private and public sector organizations in France. This law became effective in 2018 and was amended in 2022 to transpose the “EU Whistleblower Directive.” The legal changes came into effect on 1 September 2022, and the implementation decree...
- There’s nothing wrong about wanting not to have fun at work
A French employee, fired for refusing to participate in after-work drinks and other “team building” activities, has won the legal right “not to be fun” at work. The man, named in his lawsuit only as “Mr. T,” was fired for “professional incompetence” — specifically his refusal to adhere to the company’s “fun” values. According to...
- France Fines Discord under GDPR
The French data privacy authority (DPA) announced that it will fine Discord, Inc. 800,000 euros under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Discord is a social messaging platform popular with gamers, technology enthusiasts, and the LGBTQ+ community. The alleged GDPR breaches include failure to establish a written information security policy and data retention schedule, failure...
- 5 Questions On Acquisition of Commercial Real Estate- Part I – ITALY
Acquisition of Commercial Real Estate- Part I – ITALY Aliant Guide on Acquisiton of Commercial Real Estate was created by Aliant’s Real Estate Practice Group, where our experienced and well established lawyers from France, Italy, Finland, Cyprus, and Lithuania have answered some fundamental and up-to-date questions on how to acquire commercial real...
- How the EU’s Draft Gender Balance Directive Compares with France’s Labour Code
Béatrice Pola, French & EU Employment Group partner, authored an article titled “How the EU’s Draft Gender Balance Directive Compares with France’s Labour Code” in IEL (International Employment Lawyer).
- Monthly wrap up: France
In our latest monthly wrap up we highlight some of the key regulatory papers published by the Autorité Des Marchés Financiers (AMF) and the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR) during the period 20 September to 2 November 2022. Marie-Anne Barbat-Layani appointed Chair of the AMF By decree of the President of the...
- Hoping for overnight success!
Chris Carmichael, coach and confidant to Lance Armstrong for many years (and all of his 7 wins in the Tour de France), was talking about overnight successes in the sports field. Some of his athletes ask him how they can reach success quickly, “overnight.” His words apply to all endeavors, even the...
- Pharmaceutical Parallel Trade Ruling in the European Court of Justice and Pharmaceutical Product Liability Rulings in France
Markets outside the United States are increasingly important for life sciences companies, and this post includes articles by Reed Smith lawyers regarding two developments in Europe. The first is by Edward Miller, entitled "Sidestepping the Issue", republished with permission from the...
- Amendment to French HADOPI “three strikes” law adopted by parliament
Part 2 of France's online infringement law, HADOPI 2, is adopted by French parliament....
- French Data Protection Authority Publishes Opinion Regarding New Security Bill
On June 21, 2010, the CNIL published an opinion regarding a recently passed bill intended to strengthen French national security through new law enforcement measures....
- CNIL Simplifies Formalities for Non-EU Companies Using Data processors in France
The French data protection authority (CNIL) recently simplified the formalities imposed on non-EU companies using data processors in France. While limited in scope as it only relates to processes in the fields of human resources and client and prospects management, the simplification can only be...
- 7 Children in France Remain in the Hospital Due to E. coli Infection
Although health officials in France have not yet concluded the investigation of the source of E. coli contamination that caused 8 children to be hospitalized, beef burgers are the prime suspect. The sickened children all reportedly consumed burgers bought frozen from the European grocery chain Lidl....
- E. coli O104:H4 Fenugreek Sprout Outbreak – EU says 44 dead, WHO says 52 – if you include the US
The European Union (EU) as of today, using the new case definition that excludes 7 deaths, the cumulative number of non-HUS STEC cases in the EU is 3,041 (excludes 5 from France), including 16 deaths, and 757 HUS STEC (excludes 156) cases, including 28 deaths. The EU does not count the 4 HUS cases, ...
- CNIL Cites French Yellow Pages Operator for Illegal Use of Social Media Data
The French CNIL found the French provider of universal telephone directory services "Pages Jaunes" guilty of violating several provisions of the French data protection law due to Pages Jaunes' collection of personal data in social media sites....
- ‘Sunshine Act’ à la française adopted on 29 December 2011. Healthcare and cosmetics companies will be subject to a tough transparency regulation in France
New French regulations, mirroring similar rules in the United States, place health care and cosmetics companies operating in France with heavy disclosure requirement if they have any pecuniary relationship with researchers, universities, or any other third parties in connection with the marketing...
- France’s New Breach Notification Requirements
On May 28, 2012, the French data protection regulator (CNIL) released new guidance on breach notification laws. The guidance regards a 2011 ordinance that recently came into force on April 1. Among other things, the ordinance amends existing French data protection law (Law on Information...