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European Works Councils in France

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ISBN13: 9789041151773
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Paperback
Price: £54.00

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In order to ensure compliance with the legal framework for European Works Councils (EWCs) established by Directive 2009/28/EC, it is essential for each Member State to strengthen the legal certainty of negotiated outcomes involving EWCs by ensuring that employees’ information and consultation rights are effectively linked. This book – one of a series derived from the European Works Councils section of Kluwer’s matchless multi-volume Encyclopaedia of Labour Law and Industrial Relations – focuses on the implementation of the EWC directive in France. It is thoroughly practical in orientation, and representatives of both employers and employees can be assured that it fulfils the need for accurate and detailed knowledge of the structure and progress of French programmes and initiatives affecting the role of EWCs in labour and industrial relations. The volume proceeds in a logical sequence through such topics as the following: ;

  • the new definitions of ‘information’ and ‘consultation’;
  • employers’ obligation to pass on information to local representatives of employees;
  • training of EWC members;
  • assistance to the EWC in order to fulfil its mission;
  • the composition of the Special Negotiating Body (SNB);
  • the presence of experts, including trade union representatives, in negotiation meetings;
  • employee representatives’ right to collectively represent the employees;
  • centralizing employees’ representation in fragmented undertakings or groups of undertakings;
  • the role of EWCs and workers’ representatives in the EU’s merger control procedures;
  • special protection for employee representatives concerning dismissal;
  • fall-back rules that improve EWCs’ consultation in case of restructuring; and
  • provisions ensuring that EWCs are informed and consulted without calling into question the company’s capacity to adapt.

All relevant legal instruments and other documents are included. The book will prove of great value in setting up an EWC in France and in ensuring that it is functioning properly. Easy to understand for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, it is an essential tool for corporate counsel, human resources managers,