The state of health emergency ended on 1 June 2021. This regime had no direct impact on labour law, as many exceptional measures had an end date outside this date.
However, Law No. 2021-689 of 31 May 2021 on the management of the end of the health crisis, which introduces an intermediate regime between the state of health emergency and ordinary law in many areas, extends the arrangements that should have ended, for the most part, on 30 June 2021. The new text sets their end date at 30 September 2021.
This applies in particular to:
Finally, with regard to professional appraisal interviews, the law extends the following until 30 September 2021:
The new Health Protocol, which applies from 9 June 2021, puts an end to the principle that 100% telework should be the rule. The text now states that employers must set a minimum number of days of telework per week within the framework of local social dialogue, for employment activities for which telework is feasible. The action plan to reduce attendance time is no longer required.
In addition, video conference meetings are still the preferred option. When meetings are held face-to-face, they must comply with barrier measures, in particular the wearing of masks, ventilation measures for the premises and the rules on social distancing. Each employee must be kept informed of the measures taken by the employer.
Finally, social events, which were previously suspended, can once again be organised in strict compliance with barrier measures (in particular the wearing of masks, ventilation measures and social distancing rules). In this context, it is recommended that social events be held in outdoor areas and not involve more than 25 attendees.
A new information sheet on the organisation and operation of company restaurants, applicable from 9 June 2021, is also available here. It states in particular that employees are no longer required to lunch alone; it is possible to lunch in groups of no more than six people, either coming together or having booked together.