France - Agreement reached for ‘umbrella work’ employees - March 31, 2017

The joint trade unions and the employers in the umbrella work branch, represented by the PEPS, came to an agreement. Umbrella work (or ‘portage salarial’) was defined in 2015 in a law. The umbrella company employs a worker, pays him a salary and invoices his clients. The company takes responsibility for the administration of the work and services the employee has negotiated. The deal settles how labour rules have to be applied to this atypical form of employment, in order to provide legal security for companies, and contains provisions to safeguard workers employed under such arrangements. This historic agreement, carried out in four months with all relevant social partners, includes several important provisions, such as the setting up of a mutual fund for the protection of workers and the creation of a personal reserve that can be used by the worker, in the event of a period of inactivity (10% of the remuneration).      

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