Thursday, July 03, 2008

France: Government Announces New Measures on Employment of Older Workers

Christine Lagarde, Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment, Xavier Bertrand, Minister of Labour, social relations, family and solidarity, and Laurent Wauquiez, Secretary of State for Employment, have announced a series of measures adopted at the end of the consultation with social partners on the employment of older workers. The main objectives are to:
  • encourage businesses and industries to conclude agreements to keep or recruit older workers,
  • encourage older people to extend their work beyond 60, and
  • promote the return of seniors to work.
One of the principal means of pushing the agenda will be to require businesses and industries that have not concluded agreements on age management and employment of older workers by December 31, 2009 to begin paying additional retirement contributions in 2010. In addition, the ministers stated that age should no longer be a reason for an employer to terminate the employment contract.

To encourage workers to stay in the workforce, the measures call for allowing
cumulative employment and retirement without restriction at age 60 if on full retirement and at age 65 in all cases and for the elimination of the six-month waiting period for resuming work with the same employer.

Source: Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Industrie et de l'Emploi Press Release (June 26, 2008)0

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