Reed Smith Client Alerts

Certain French industrial tribunals have recently been in the spotlight for having set aside the Macron scale of damages for unfair dismissal.

Authors: Séverine Martel Fernando Lima Teixeira

French flag

In two decisions rendered on July 17, 2019, the French Supreme Court ruled that the Macron scale (a mechanism introduced on September 24, 2017, which provides for caps and floors on damages for unfair dismissal) complies with international conventions ratified by the French Government.

The Macron scale has been highly criticized by members of France’s left-wing political parties and trade unions, as well as employees’ lawyer, who have initiated various actions to freeze its implementation.