Macron Delivers On Promise To Prioritize Agenda For French Employment Law Changes

Author:Ms Karine Audouze, Sarah Haouchine and Rebecca L. Marks
Profession:Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

When Emmanuel Macron was campaigning, he said that if elected, he would revise French employment laws. It looks like President Macron will act on his promise.

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the French government issued its Program for the Renovation of the French Social Model.

The government announced that 6 reforms would be implemented within the next 18 months:

Aligning employment goals with economic performance by adapting the current labor law to company needs Improving the purchasing power of employees by reducing certain employees' social security contributions (effective on January 1, 2018) Efficiently strengthening professional training (effective in 2018) Granting unemployment benefits to independent contractors and employees who resign from their positions (effective as of the summer of 2018) Improving the apprenticeship program in order to increase job placements for workers under 25 years old Overhauling the current pension system (in 2018) The French government indicated that the implementation of those reforms would be done in close cooperation with the national unions through a negotiation process including over 40 meetings scheduled between June of 2017 and August of 2017. 

The draft law is scheduled to be on the agenda of the government on June 28, 2017. The legislature will review and...

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