France is on the move [fr]
The French Ambassador in Denmark organized today, in partnership with the regional advisor for social affairs, a breakfast seminar during which Pierre-André IMBERT, former director of cabinet of French ministers of labor, presented to companies and unions how France is moving through reforms to the labor market.
He highlighted the main measures taken in order to introduce more flexibility for companies, strengthen social dialogue and develop new protections for workers:
A simple, cheaper and more predictable social dialogue has been set up.
The negotiated flexibility has been increased with a flexible fixed term contract, new partial unemployment benefit to avoid layoff, a possibility to enter into new company-level agreements and a greater leeway for companies to organize working hours through agreements. There is a priority to company or group level agreement and a possibility of validating an agreement by referendum.
New rights have been created for employees with the personal activity account. The reforms eventually aim at providing all the people with social security rights whatever their worker status. The personal activity account especially allows training hours and days of leave.
The framework for single dismissals has also been improved: the contractual termination is an original and more flexible way of termination of employment contract. It is a major flexibility tool: almost 400.000 contractual terminations in France in 2015.
A new framework for economic dismissals has been created, by a new definition of economic grounds for dismissal. There is no longer uncertainty about the duration of collective dismissals procedure.
Improvements have been made in French dispute resolution: the limitation period has been reduced to go to court. Moreover the dispute resolution rules have been improved, with new alternatives to court.