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…

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 […]

Introduction under French Law of the duty of care for the parent and ordering parties

Following a lengthy debate, a new principle of a duty of care for companies with respect to their subsidiaries, suppliers and subcontractors has been introduced into French law by the “law on duty of care for the parent and ordering companies”, published in the Official Journal on 28 March 2017. This new act aims at […]

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 […]

Negotiating, but how? The example of cross-border intellectual property disputes

To resolve cross-border conflicts, in the intellectual property field in particular, companies are more inclined to try to settle them themselves before referring the matter to the country’s courts or to arbitral tribunals, due to the specific nature of this subject, which, in essence, has an “affective” aspect that does not necessarily exist in other […]

La loi Travail, le verre à moitié vide ou à moitié plein ?

Après six mois d’opposition ininterrompue des syndicats et d’une partie de la rue, le projet de loi relatif « au travail, à la modernisation du dialogue social et à la sécurisation des parcours professionnels » (cf. Less is more de BMHAvocats de mars 2016), appelé communément Loi Travail, a été, en l’absence de motion de […]