A bill aimed at enabling the government to legislate on many areas of labour and employment law (and tax matters) through government ordinances—as opposed to the longer process before French Parliament—has been adopted by the Parliament in early August, approved by the French Constitutional Court in early September, and will be shortly enacted mid-September. The bill provides several key areas for the adoption of ordinances by the government.

The government has issued these ordinances, and they are likely to be adopted around the end of September. These ordinances will bring various changes to labour and employment regulations in France, mostly intended to provide flexibility and to simplify and rationalize those regulations. Among the key areas concerned will be the following: