France is a country in western Europe, bordered by Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, and Andorra in continental Europe. The country has several territories across the world such as French Guiana, the French West Indies, and more. France is considered a developed country with the world's 7th-largest GDP, and 4th-highest aggregate household wealth. The country also performs well in international rankings of healthcare, education, and life expectancy.
Pregnant employees in France receive 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, 6 before the due date and the rest after the birth. If the child is the mother’s third or more, the leave is extended to 26 weeks. Employees who have worked at least 150 hours in the 90 days before their maternity leave are entitled to full pay of their average salary.
Fathers are entitled to 28 days of leave in addition to the 1 week of leave at the time of the birth. This leave also applies for same-sex couples. Employers pay the first 3 days of the leave, then social security pays the rest.
Employees in France are entitled to sick leave, which is paid by social security from the 4th day onwards. Employees who have worked at least 3 months with their employer can receive their salary for 90 days of sick leave.
There are 13 public holidays in France, and employees are also entitled to a minimum of 5 weeks of paid time off per year. Employees can also take leave for adoption or bereavement.
The minimum wage in France is EUR 1,678.95 per month, or EUR 11.07 per hour. The standard workweek is 35 hours, with each day not exceeding 10 hours. Any work done past 35 hours is considered overtime and paid between 125%-150% of the regular salary rate.
An employment contract can be terminated for redundancy or resignation, or through negotiating the departure through mutual agreement (following specific procedures). During the probationary period, the employment contract can be terminated by either party with 5 days of notice.
Notice periods in France depend on the length of employment at the company:
Severance pay depends on the terms of the employment contract, the role of the employee, the reason for termination, and the goodwill between the employee and the company.
While not required by law, a 13th-month salary is customary and generally paid at the end of each year.
★ 13% - Health, Maternity, Disability
★ 8.55% - Social Security
★ 5.25% - Family Benefits
★ 4.05% - Unemployment Insurance
★ 0.3% - Autonomy Solidarity Contribution
★ 0.15% - AGS (Wage Guarantee Insurance)
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