Labour Law: The Main Changes made by the Senate Committee

The main changes to the labour law by the Senate Committee

The main changes made by the Committee on Social Affairs of the Senate to the Labour law, to be examined starting Monday in public.

The main changes made by the Committee on Social Affairs of the Senate to the Labour Law, to be examined starting Monday in public.

The text rewritten by the committee thus differs significantly from the version adopted on 12th May at first reading by the National Assembly, through the use of 49-3 rule.


The commission blew the lock on the legal period of 35 hours by enabling companies to return to 39 hours in the absence of corporate or branch agreement. In this case, the overtime pay would be set by decree.

Overall, the senators want to maintain the principle disputed “hierarchy of the inversion,” in the heart of Article 2, which gives primacy to the company agreement on the branch agreement.

They also remove the minimum threshold of 24 hours for part-time. They also reproduce the provisions on exemptions to the maximum duration of working time contained in the first version of the bill. Employees will work 48 hours per week or 60 hours in exceptional circumstances.

In SMEs, they introduced the possibility of signing the package of individual agreements in the absence of collective agreement.

Also in companies with fewer than 50 employees, without union delegate, they want to allow the signing of collective agreements directly with the representative bodies or failing to use a staff consultation.


The commission has taken the measures provided by the original text but removed by the Assembly.

It has restored the cap severance industrial tribunal, which would be limited to 15 months salary. It also proposes to return to the consideration of only national scope, not international, for economic difficulties justifying layoffs, that MPs had deleted, fearing abuse. It is for the committee not to discourage investment in France.

Finally, specify the situations in which a redundancy based on a real and serious cause: decline in revenues or backlog of at least 30% for a semester, or loss of a market representing at least 30 % of its business.


The senators want the new arrangements for preserving and developing employment provisions under which employees will benefit from the improved economic situation of their company.


The Commission proposes the reduction of 20% to 16% of the share package for all amounts paid for participation and sharing, “to strengthen the purchasing power of employees.”


The senators have refocused on behalf of staff training and account arduous prevention personnel, separating the creation of citizen engagement account, they feel unfinished. They have also simplified the arduous account by limiting it to four risk factors already in force.


The commission wants to allow students to benefit from the initiating device for careers alternating (DIMA) from the age of 14, instead of 16 currently.

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