Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 09:02:10 PM EST
Short but apparently informative article in the New York Times on how and why it is difficult to fire an employee in France.
I say "apparently informative" because the New York Times is an organ of the American media which has been accused of having a biased slant regarding France's economy and the current demonstrations over there about the CPE.
According to the article, the four ways to fire someone in France are:
- PROVE YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE JOB
A company must be able to prove in court that eliminating the position is necessary either because of economic woes or because it is essential to remain competitive.
- PROVE HE DID A BAD, BAD THING
... you can fire him for doing a job badly. ... the company has to be able to prove in court that the grounds are real and serious, which can be difficult.
- PAY HIM TO SCRAM
... there are damages, which can be just a few months' salary for a young person who has worked at a company less than two years but can be several years' salary for someone closer to retirement with many years at the company.I guess that sentence refers to the legally mandated indemnités de licenciement.
- PUT HIM IN A CUPBOARD AND THROW AWAY THE KEY
...moving them out of the way and leaving them alone in hopes that they eventually quit.