Published On: Mon, Mar 7th, 2016

WHY YOU SHOULD WORK IN FRANCE

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Why you should work in France

Because it is fighting for its workers “right to disconnect”, meaning workers have a right to switch off their phones and not reply to mails after work hours. And other such laws that makes sure you work to live and not live to work

IT’S A HOLIDAY

Why you should work in France

Finland and France both offer 30 days paid vacation every year, in addition to holidays, sick days, maternity leave, and other paid leave under European law; at the other end, the US guarantees no holiday

India averages at a low 12 days

MAKING LAYOFFS BEARABLE

Why you should work in France

If you’re getting laid off, it’s nice to have a little cushion; Mexico is the best place to get that pillow — offering 14.6 weeks of redundancy pay; Half of the OECD guarantees nothing at all

In India, it’s 15 days’ pay for each complete year of continuous service

THE DAY OF REST

Why you should work in France

Some European companies have begun implementing a four-day work week, but for most a five-day week is the norm; only Greeks, Estonians and Hungarians have laws stating that workers are entitled to a full two days of rest

In India, standard work week is six days, 48 hours per week

BABY CENTRAL

Why you should work in France

Vietnam grants six months of leave at 100% of pay. Estonia, Hungary, and Spain guarantee three years of unpaid leave. In Canada, parents can split a year of leave at 55% of their salaries

In India, 12 weeks paid leave is the norm.In December 2015, the government proposed 26 weeks maternity leave in private sector

RESETTING THE CLOCK

Why you should work in France

EU labour laws stipulates that part-time hourly pay should be on par with full-time pay for the same work. Holland’s Working Hours Adjustment Act allows employees to reduce their work hours without the threat of losing their jobs, benefits, opportunities for promotion, and pay.

In India, flexi timings are company specific

STRESS BUSTING

Why you should work in France

In Japan, in proven cases for karoshi (burnout that leads to death) and karojisatsu (suicide related to overwork), the government awards around $20,000 to victims’ families, and employers are liable to pay up to $1 million in damages. Belgian law stipulates that employers must take measures to prevent “psycho-social risk”.

In India, we don’t have any such law

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About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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