Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article 35-hour week negotiations underway in France • Employers and unions in the French public sector have begun negotiationson introducing the 35-hour week for the country’s 5 million statutoryemployees. Seven unions have entered discussions with public services ministerEmile Zuccarelli to reach agreement on a national accord. This will be followedby local discussions in individual sectors on how the 35-hour week willoperate. The Government aims to have full implementation by 2002. Le Figaro.US firms fail to engage in written love contracts• Nearly three-quarters of US organisations do not have a written policy onworkplace romance. An additional 14 per cent have an unwritten yet widelyunderstood policy, a survey of 617 human resources employees by professionalbody the SHRM found. Of those with loose guidelines, 55 per cent said thatpolicy “permits but discourages” workplace romances. A further 32 percent have policies consenting romance, while 7 per cent prohibit it completely.Of those prohibiting romance, 88 per cent said it was because of the potentialfor sexual harassment claims.www.shrm.org/pressEuropean works councils guide launched • A guide to help firms set up European works councils has been launched byDublin-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and WorkingConditions. It contains information on the 386 voluntary agreements set upunder the law, and the 63 works councils established under the compulsorystatutory process. A multinational has to assemble a consultative works councilor employee forum if it employs 1,000 or more staff in the EU, with at least150 staff in two or more countries, if requested by staff. From 15 January, UKemployees have been counted in the formula.www.eurofound.ie/ewc/ This week’s international news in briefOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.