Changes in French dismissal procedures.
The prior arbitration process in France (phase de conciliation) as the first step in employment law proceedings pursuant to Art. L. 1411-1 Code du Travail was fundamentally modified on August 7, 2015. The arbitration offices (bureau de conciliation et d‘orientation), which are run by one representative each from the employer and the employee side as honorary or lay judges, were renamed “bureaux de conciliation et d’orientation” and also given new, expanded powers under Art. L. 1235-1 ff. Code du Travail.