France amends the SYNTEC collective bargaining agreement

By Ute Krudewagen and Frédérique Sallée

Media worldwide — and especially in the US — have been reporting a new French law that supposedly prohibits employees from answering emails after 18:00.

The reporting on this issue has been misleading, however: there is no such new law in France.

In fact, what the media has reported as a change in legislation is simply an amendment to the national SYNTEC collective bargaining agreement, which was agreed between the relevant employer and trade union organisations on 1 April 2014. The amendment has not yet been extended by ministerial decree to all companies falling within the scope of the Syntec CBA…

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