Less is more – Equal pay for men and women: the measures to take in 2019

watch the Video   Equal pay for men and women: the measures to take in 2019 The French President has decreed gender equality in the workplace to be a « major national cause » for his administration. Law n°2018-771 issued on September 5, 2018 concerning the freedom to choose one’s future career has made the […]

Development of PV projects in France : beware of protected species! November 2018, Le Journal du Photovoltaïque

Watch our video here below (< 2 min) On the basis of European Union Directives[1], French regulations have for more than 10 years established a principle of strict protection regarding the “protected species” (“espèces protégées”).  Developers of PV projects in France have for a long time and often because of a lack of information missed […]

International corporate mobility: the CJEU allows companies to change nationality without effectively transferring their activity

In a highly notable judgment issued on 25 October 2017 – Polbud[1], the Court of Justice of the European Union opens up the possibility for companies to submit to the law of another Member State by transferring their actual place of incorporation, whilst continuing their economic activity in the original Member State. The CJEU thus […]

France has introduced a flexible and efficient security trustee for syndicated loans

Since 1 October 2017, French law has been giving members of banking pools security agents comparable to the security trustees of the Anglo-Saxon system. The security agent can now manage all securities and guarantees (personal, real, French or foreign). As a special fiduciary, he or she holds securities and acts without an additional mandate to […]

The reform of the Labour Code: What the Macron orders contain (Focus 1/5): Although rules regarding grounds for dismissals have been relaxed, companies must remain cautious when drafting termination letters

”Technicalities must not override substance”, was one of the leitmotivs of the Macron government as it presented its orders on the reform of the Labor Code. In other words, employers should not be punished (too harshly) if they fail to comply with a complex and constraining procedural rule when their decision to terminate a work […]

More flexibility in reducing workforce through collective agreement termination

The recent reform of French labour law provides a number of simplifications for companies to reduce their workforce. One of these reforms consists of a so-called collective termination agreement, without any justification for economic reasons within the meaning of the provisions on termination for economic reasons. In particular, the collective agreement is not subject to […]

What if Customs decided to no longer defend your brands in France…, June 2017

In France, Customs plays an important role in the fight against counterfeiting, particularly through customs withholding. In practice, increasingly brand holders pass off the cost, risk, and responsibility for the fight against counterfeiting of their brands onto the customs administration. Customs often serves as a relay for economic entities, when they don’t want to take […]

The fate of multi-tiered arbitration clauses – welcome clarification of the consequences of a lack of compliance with multi-tiered arbitration clauses in Germany and in France

Whereas multi-tiered arbitration clauses used to be rather exceptional two decades ago, they are increasingly used nowadays and can be found in a large number of contracts. These clauses aim to meet the growing need for the reduction of time and costs by foreseeing arbitration only as a last means in case the previous proceedings […]

Nouveaux plafonds d’exonération des frais professionnels en France pour 2017

Le remboursement au salarié des dépenses qu’il a engagées en contrepartie ou à l’occasion du travail est représentatif de frais professionnels qui peuvent être exclus de l’assiette des cotisations sociales et donc exonérées de cotisations sociales, dans des conditions et limites prévues par l’arrêté du 20 décembre 2002 (modifié depuis). Si le remboursement des frais […]