France: Major labour law reforms continue

January 7, 2017

Labour law reform was a major topic of newly elected President Macron’s election platform, in order to tackle unemployment and inflexible rules on hiring and firing.

Following the first round of consultations with trade unions and employers’ organizations, the Government issued a “work program to renew France’s social model”. The plan foresees a number of major reforms to come into force within the next 18 months, with some of them adopted at this summer’s end.

The proposed labour law reform includes:                                

What does this mean for employers?

Businesses with a presence in France should continue to monitor developments, as these changes represent an attempt to significantly change French whole working culture.  For further information on the Labour Reforms in France, please contact Fidere Avocats on

Provisional timetable of consultations with trade unions

Two meetings per topic are planned for each organisation, amounting to a total of 48 meetings. There will be other consultations with business organisations and non-representative trade unions.

Provisional parliamentary timetable


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