Every one agree that the French labour code is old, complex and unpractical. With this idea in mind, the French government requested a study of the changes to be brought to the code.
This study is the Combrexelle report. The government received it in September 2015.
Based on that report a planning for the update of the labour code has been set. The update of the code should take 2 years and is planned for the 1st semester 2018.
However, part of the code related to the working hours, the rests and the leaves should be updated by a law proposed to the legislator in 2016.
The content of the law is yet unknown. But some example of the modifications has been provided:
- The employer should have the possibility to increase the working hours in case of an increase in the activity.
- For specific project the employee should be allow to work more than the maximum legal working hours.
The changes made to the labour code should have the purposes of:
- Increasing the feasibility of collective agreements.
- To reduce the number of professional branches (from over 700 to 100).
- To make the collective bargaining accessible to small companies.