French companies have been increasingly relying on college
interns to control their labour cost. A new law published on 28
October 2015 is intended to protect these students from being used
as a form of cheap labour.
The law published by the Government on 28 October 2015 alters
the following with regard to companies using interns in France.
In companies employing 20 or more
staff, interns cannot account for more than 15% of the
Companies employing less than 20
staff cannot have more than three interns
The limitation must be assessed on a weekly basis.
Actual "mentoring" must be provided to the intern/s
while on placement. And within the company, the internship mentor
cannot mentor more than three students at the same time.
Enhanced rights for interns
Interns now benefit from the same HR policies as actual
employees: maximum working hours, night hours, weekend work, bank
Timesheet records must be kept
Dangerous tasks must be avoided
If the above rules are not respected, in case of a Labour
Inspection visit, a €2,000 fine per intern is applied, and can
be doubled if the offence is repeated.
This new law applies only to internship agreements signed
effective 28 October 2015. Internship agreements signed before this
date are not covered by the limitation.
The law only applies to unpaid interns with "student"
status ("stages étudiants"), receiving the
internship pay. Adult internships ("stagiaires de la
formation professionnelle continue") performed as part of
vocational trainings are not limited.
In light of the new requirements, companies employing interns
should immediately assess and monitor their intern headcount.
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