OK, OK, we’ve all heard of the absurd French laws that make the viral rounds every now and again. Yes, you can marry dead people but you can't name your pig Napoleon, nor kiss someone on a train platform. Officially at least. But those laws aren’t particularly relevant for the average Joe. Instead, here’s a collection of laws in France that you really should know, laws that are typically a little different to the rest of the world, and that you might benefit from knowing. You have to assist someone in need Did you know you have a “duty to rescue” someone in danger in France? And did you know that if you deliberately fail to help someone in danger, you risk five years in prison and a fine of €75,000? The law - non-assistance à personne en danger - made headlines in 1997 after Princess Diana’s fatal car crash in Paris. There was an investigation into whether the nine photographers at the scene had a duty to help … [Read more...] about The French laws you need to know about if you are in France
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Whether it’s retiring to the sunny Dordogne, studying in Paris or taking the plunge to teach English in picturesque Bordeaux or Lyon, many people dream of living in France. But how easy is it if your level of French is basically non-existent? And aren't you just asking for problems? For a start, talk to anyone who’s moved to France and they’re guaranteed to mention the word ‘bureaucracy’. Finding a place to live, opening a bank account and dealing with the endless amount of paperwork you’ll encounter can be cumbersome for any foreigner, even those who are fluent French speakers. For some things a good knowledge of French is simply essential. For example if you’re planning to apply for French citizenship you will need to take a French test if you’re under 60. And whether you're trying to register a car, get a French driving license or a resident's permit (carte de sejour) then speaking French is pretty much a necessity. “Even … [Read more...] about Members’ Forum: Should you move to France without a word of French?
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CA Minimum Wage Increase & Resulting 12.9% Salary Increase for Many Exempt Employees—AB 10Effective July 1, 2014, the California minimum wage will increase from $8 to $9 per hour, pursuant to AB 10. It will increase again to $10 per hour, effective January 1, 2016. We also expect that, not to be outdone, those municipalities with “Living Wage” Ordinances will likewise be boosting their rates and may not wait for July 1, 2014, to do so. All of that is something to monitor.The thing to be a little careful about now is budgeting for the salary level of your lower level exempt employees in 2014. It is well known that the Federal FLSA salary minimum is inadequate to preserve exempt status in the Golden State. Although it has been a while, you may recall there was a reason why your California supervisors are paid a little more than $33,280 per year, i.e., to preserve the exempt status, the monthly salary must be greater than two times the wages paid to … [Read more...] about 2013 California Employment Law Legislative Update: Things You Need to Know for 2014
Opening statements are expected on Monday in the trial of Justin Ross Harris, who is charged with the murder of his 22-month-old son who died when Harris left him in a hot car. Before the trial gets underway, let’s take a look at the facts and what we might see from both sides of the case. While the court of public opinion may be ready to convict, it may not be so simple. —> WATCH LIVE COVERAGE ON LAWNEWZ FACEBOOK STARTING MONDAY First, here’s what we know. On the morning of June 18, 2014, Harris, now 34, was driving with his son Cooper. First, they went to Chick-fil-A for breakfast, which they did from time to time. Harris was then supposed to take Cooper to daycare before going to work. Instead, he went straight to where he worked, stayed in the car for about 15 seconds, then got out and went inside, leaving Cooper in the car. At 4:16pm, Harris left work, started driving home, and then parked after seeing Cooper still in the back, lifeless. Reports say that … [Read more...] about Justin Ross Harris Trial: Everything You Need to Know