Minimum holiday entitlement
Paid public holidays per year
An employee is not allowed to work more than 10 hours per day except in certain circumstances;
Employees cannot work more than a total of 48 hours in one week. Over a 12 week period, this cannot exceed 44 hours per week on average.
Employees are allowed a 20-minute break once they have worked 6 consecutive hours.
An employee is classed as a night worker if they work complete 3 hours of work at least twice a week, or 270 hours over a period of 12 consecutive months, between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am.
Employees can not work more than 8 hours at a time unless otherwise agreed with the employer. The total hours worked in a week cannot exceed 40 hours per week, based on a period of 12 consecutive weeks.
The minimum wage in France is a flat rate of €10.03 per hour. There are however some exceptions based on age:
Source: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F2300 | https://www.urssaf.fr/portail/home/taux-et-baremes/smic.html
Standard working hours in France are set to 35 hours per week or 1,607 hours per year. Any extra hours completed outside this would be deemed as overtime.
Unless agreed between the employer and the employee, there are set hourly rates for overtime:
Employees in France receive 2.5 days of paid holiday for every month they work. This equates to 5 full weeks of holiday allowance a year. There are some limitations to when employees can take their holiday:
There is a total of 11 public holidays in France unless you live in the Alsace region or the Moselle department that has an additional 2 days:
If an employee is off sick, they can receive a daily allowance from their primary healthcare provider. The amount varies depending on the employee’s salary. Employees can also receive compensation of up to 90% of their salary from the employee.
For employees who are off on long term sick there are a few requirements depending on the length of sickness:
Source: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F3053 | https://www.internations.org/france-expats/guide/29458-social-security-taxation/sick-leave-and-disability-benefits-in-france-19289
Maternity leave lasts for 16 weeks, with 6 weeks being taken before the expected due date and 10 weeks once the baby is born. The duration of leave depends on the number of children the mother is waiting to have and how many she has already.
For example a family of 2 and waiting for a 3rd, the mother will receive 26 weeks maternity leave, with 8 weeks being taken before the birth and 18 weeks after.
If the mother is expecting multiple babies, then extra maternity leave is allowed:
Paternity leave is given to an employee who is going to be a father or to the employee who is in a relationship with the mother. Paternity leave lasts 11 calendar days in a row and must begin within 4 months after the birth.