France - Labour reform assessed from a US-perspective - January 31, 2018

The New York Times reports on the changes in the labour code. Just weeks after the new code went into effect, companies are readily taking advantage of the rules that make it easier to hire and fire. But the other changes, those designed to help cushion the blow like retraining programs, haven’t been put into place yet, leaving workers vulnerable to a coming wave of downsizing. The changes to the country’s voluminous labour code are part of a broad push by President Macron to revive growth and steer the country toward a Scandinavian-style economic model known as ‘flexicurity’. But the initial imbalance between employers’ rights and workers’ protections means the economic picture could get worse before it gets better.  

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