France – An attack on the 35 hour week?

Traditionally France has been seen as a key exemplar in the work life balance arena, often to the frustration of industry and economic commentators.

Since 1 January 2002, the legal working time has been set at 35 hours per week in all companies irrespective of the number of employees. Collective agreements can be concluded between the social partners to set out the actual details of working time and in particular the requirements regarding overtime. This is key because any hour performed over 35 hours per week is considered to be overtime.

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