Why is there so much talk about sick leave in France at the moment? The rate of absenteeism is rising in France, according to a new study published by Le Figaro, with employees in the private sector averaging 17 days of sick leave during 2017. This marked a one day increase on the previous year's findings, with absenteeism in France costing the country's social security system a total of €10 billion. The amount of sick leave being taken in the private sector has been on the rise for the past three years. In 2015, for example, an employee took 16.6 days off due to sickness per year, in 2016 that rose to 16.8 days and in 2017 it reached 17.2 days. Why is it on the rise? According to Fabien Piazzon, a consultant for Ayming, the firm which carried out the research,the reason for the rise in absenteeism is down to companies not understanding or accommodating for the needs of their employees as well as the issue of high levels of … [Read more...] about 17 days off a year: How much of a problem is sick leave in France?
Just a few months after the speed limit was lowered on a large portion of France's countryside and secondary roads -- much to the anger of a large number of motorists -- the Charente department is rebelling by allowing motorists to put their foot down on certain roads. And it turns out that among those fuming over the move was president of Charente department François Bonneau. So, in response, he has decided to make some changes to speed limit of his own and will be increasing it on some roads in Charente -- an area very popular with Brits in the west of France -- from 70 km/h to 80 km/h. Bonneau has dressed up his plan as a way of creating more consistency on the roads in his area although he had previously said that the speed limit change in July was an "arbitrary" one that would be very expensive for communities and ignored the ways of rural France. So far, the speed limit has increased from 70 km/h to 80 km/h in 12 … [Read more...] about Charente department to raise speed limit on roads (as rest of France cuts it)
After days of wavering and speculation that they would ditch the reform, the French government finally announced on Tuesday that from January 2019 workers will indeed have their income tax taken directly from their paychecks automatically. The change will see most workers in France have their income tax automatically taken out of their wages each month by their employers, as is the case in most other European countries, rather than the current system which sees employees pay income tax the following year in installments. The reform will affect some 38 million households in France. The reform was first due to be implemented in January 2018 but was delayed a year because President Emmanuel Macron wanted time to make sure the reform was actually worth it and to smooth out any problems. In recent days the reform looked as though it would be delayed or even scrapped as Macron grew wary of potential technical bugs as well as a negative reaction from taxpayers to a cut in their … [Read more...] about French government to push ahead with taking income tax from workers’ pay
Macron was already seeking a replacement for environment minister Nicolas Hulot, whose shock resignation last week caught France's political establishment off guard. Hulot, a TV star who enjoyed the highest ratings of any in Macron's cabinet, accused the president of not moving fast enough on key green pledges His resignation was a blow for Macron, who famously responded to US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate deal with a His office announced that parliament speaker Francois de Rugy, a former Greens party member who jumped ship to Macron's Republic on the Move party last year, would fill Hulot's shoes. Earlier Tuesday, Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a popular fencing champion overseeing preparations for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, also stepped down. Unlike Hulot, Flessel cited "personal reasons" for her decision. "She wants to be able to act more freely and in a different way. (Her decision) … [Read more...] about Macron hit by second resignation as he shuffles cabinet
It's just four months until French workers are due to start paying their taxes directly from the income known in French as prelevement a la source.. But in spite of the fact that the date is fast approaching and the change has the backing of the French, with 60 percent in favour, according to recent poll -- it seems it might be delayed again -- or possibly even scrapped altogether. Here's a look at the the new system which would affect 38 million households in France and why Macron might be experiencing cold feet so late in the game. What is the change? The way we pay our income tax in France is supposed to change from us paying it one year late (via a one-off payment or three or ten-monthly payments), to it being taken out of our pay automatically each month as we earn. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP Currently workers in France either don't pay their taxes on what they earned in 2017 until 2018, or, as most do, they pay estimated amounts, … [Read more...] about Why Macron is fretting over the big change to how the French pay income tax