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Inside New Staff Requirements Under French Employment Law

Law360 (September 27, 2018, 1:58 PM EDT) -- Companies implemented in France, even when owned by foreign investors, have some new obligations to add to their calendars.

By Jan. 1, 2020, every company with 11 employees or more,[1] should have organized elections for the implementation of a new staff representative body, referred to as the Social and Economic Council, or SEC.[2]

Failure to do so is deemed a criminal offense which can result in imprisonment (albeit theoretical) along with the payment of a fine.

This new obligation results from the ambitious in-depth reform of French employment law initiated by President Emmanuel Macron in September 2017 — which designated purpose...

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