Jobless total falls below 11 per cent in France

first_img• Unemployment has dipped once more in France, and is now just below 11 percent of the working population, latest official figures show. In November thenumber of unemployed fell by 44,400. Over the year the figure fell by more than300,000. US politicians push for minimum wage increase• Efforts to raise the US minimum wage will surface in Congress early in theyear. Republican Rick Lazio has tabled a proposal for an increase from $5.15per hour to $6.15 over three years. Democrats, including President Clinton,want to see the $1 increase over two years.www.shrm.orgFebruary date set for French 35-hour week law• The Senate in France has formally approved the second law governing the35-hour week. This sets the date of 1 February for implementing the 35-hourweekly maximum for employers with more than 20 staff. Smaller companies haveuntil 2002 to comply.ECJ ruling cuts foreign employee red tape• The European Court of Justice has ruled that an EU company operating in aforeign member state may not be forced to make additional social payments orundertake extra paperwork on behalf of staff beyond those required in theirhome country – unless this entitles them to extra benefits. The ruling is basedon a case involving French construction companies Arblade and Leloup, which hadrefused orders from the Belgian government that they provide health documentsabout their employees. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Jobless total falls below 11 per cent in FranceOn 11 Jan 2000 in France, Personnel Todaylast_img read more