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We will be featuring contributions from our global employment and benefits team on this blog, highlighting particular topics and issues of interest to UK employers with operations overseas.

This post, the first in our series of “Spotlights”, provides you with links to recent commentary and guidance from our Employment & Benefits team in France:

  • The recent reforms implemented by the Macron Administration demonstrate that France wants to move towards increased flexibility for employers without neglecting employees’ rights. In his article for Bloomberg Law, Employment & Benefits partner Julien Haure covers two symbolic changes initiated by the Macron Administration: (i) the introduction of capped damages for employment litigation; and (ii) the simplification of telecommuting.
  • Another reform arising from the Macron Administration relates to staff representation. By 1 January 2020, every company in France with 11 employees or more should have organised elections for the implementation of a new staff representative body, referred to as the Social and Economic Council (SEC). Julian Haure and associate Marine Hamon outline the implications for employers in their article published by Law360.
  • The French courts have been grappling with the issue of employment status recently, as covered in the recent legal update by Employment & Benefits partner Régine Goury. This is an area that employers, in France and beyond, are continuing to monitor closely.
  • The “right to disconnect”, introduced in France in 2017, has been widely reported in the UK and overseas. Julien Haure and Marine Hamon examine the right in detail, covering employers’ obligations, the practical impact and the steps that employers can take to ensure compliance, in their article for Today’s General Counsel.

If you would like further guidance on employment and benefits issues in France, and/or would like to register for our French legal updates, please contact Julien Haure or Régine Goury.

Mayer Brown launched A Global Guide to Employee Data Privacy recently, the latest in our series of global guides, covering 55 key countries in the Americas, Asia and EMEA.

In case you missed it, the guide is a useful resource for employers with operations in more than one country who need to navigate the many challenges of handling employee data in different jurisdictions.

It includes:

  • Key FAQs – covering:
    • the application of the GDPR alongside national laws in EU jurisdictions;
    • the laws regulating the handling of applicant and employee personal data;
    • the requirement to have privacy policies or similar agreements to deal with employee data;
    • best practice for retaining employee personal data;
    • restrictions on transferring employee data overseas or to third parties;
    • sanctions for breaching the relevant laws; and
    • potential pitfalls when handling employee data.
  • “In Brief” and “In Detail” Guidance – ensuring the guide will be a valuable starting point, providing both quick reference and more substantive content across the jurisdictions.

Please click here to view the guide in ebook format and to register for the guide in print-friendly, interactive PDF format.

We understand how difficult it can be to keep up to date with developments in employment and pensions law. For practical, on-the-go, commentary, you may wish to download our UK Employment Law and UK Pensions Law podcasts.

Nick Robertson, head of our London Employment group, presents the fortnightly Employment Law podcasts and discusses three cases/developments which have a significant impact on employers. Special episodes involve Nick interviewing key speakers for their perspectives on relevant issues. In his latest podcast, Nick is joined by Omar El-Khattabi, from our Middle East practice, to discuss some of the legal issues facing employers taking on staff in Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Richard Goldstein, partner in the London Pensions group, presents the monthly Pensions Law podcasts and discusses timely and relevant topics in the pensions industry, providing a quick and easy way to stay on top of current issues in pensions law. In his latest podcast, Richard looks at new trustee investment and disclosure duties that will come into force in October 2019 and October 2020.

Our archive of UK Employment Law and UK Pensions Law podcasts can be accessed here. Look out for notifications of the latest podcasts in future blog posts – we welcome your feedback on particular topics/areas of interest.