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French Works Council takes alcohol into court
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • December 18 2012

"It is illegal to prohibit in a general and absolute manner" the consumption of alcohol in a French workplace, said the French State Council ("Conseil


French Supreme Court offers guidance on monitoring in the workplace
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • December 10 2012

In two key judgments this year the French Supreme Court reminded employers that whilst they may control and monitor their employees’ activities during working hours, the use of unlawful measures to do so is strictly forbidden and any evidence acquired via such means will be inadmissible for disciplinary or dismissal purposes


French Supreme Court confirms ability of employers to waive non-competition clauses in dismissal letter
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • July 18 2013

In France, as in many other mainland European countries, if an employer wants to restrict the ability of an employee to compete post-employment


Risky business French employers’ liability for over-work illness
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • January 17 2013

Under French law, the employer must take all necessary measures to protect the "security" as well as physical and mental health of its employees


“Aux barricades!” Courts attack compulsory French usage
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • October 10 2012

“As the official language of the Republic according to the Constitution, French represents an essential part of both the personality and the national heritage of France”


Mystic Meg’s crystal balls and other French HR tools
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • September 4 2013

We already knew that the employment division of the French Supreme Civil Court ("Cour de Cassation") expected something close to "perfection" from


New French Labour Code
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • June 3 2008

A revised Labour Code came into force on 1 May 2008


New arrangements on trial
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • October 30 2008

Following the recent introduction of the new Labour Code, French employers are now required to give employees advance notice if they wish to terminate their contracts during a trial period


French Supreme Court seeks to curtail employers’ discretion
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • June 26 2009

The Employment Chamber of the French Supreme Court recently ruled that whilst employers retain the right to grant bonuses to some employees and not others, any difference in treatment must be justified in an objective manner


Minimum service bill adopted in France
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • France
  • September 28 2007

On 2 August 2007 the French Parliament adopted a Bill relating to minimum public transport services