Legislative changes for 2022 in France

As of the start of the new year, there will be some changes in terms of laws and regulations. As you’re in-country knowledge partner, we have listed the most important legislative changes for you. This way you don’t have to search for them yourself and you know exactly what is changing in the French employment law.

Minimum Salary (SMIC)

The French government has updated the national minimum wage and salary requirements. France’s monthly minimum wage will increase by almost 1% to EUR 1,603.12 euros or EUR 10.57 per hour.

Revaluation of income tax

As every year, the French income tax will be adjusted to take into account the effects of inflation. In 2022 (i.e. for 2021 income), it will increase by 1.4%. The number of brackets and the tax rates will remain unchanged.

RTT days

Every year, the amount of RTT days will change. The RTT days, which are the compensation days for unpaid overtime will turn into 14 days (2021: 15 days). Employees cannot carry RTT days to the following year.


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2022 will be the start of opening the gradual retirement scheme to employees on fixed-term contracts. This scheme allows employees from the age of 60 with at least 150 quarters of pension insurance to receive part of their pension while continuing to work part-time.

Remote Work and Covid-19

Travelers, parents of positively tested children, or anyone who is corona positive must go in isolation. This derogatory rule, which was introduced in 2020 and regularly renewed, will remain in place until a later date. Unless other announced, this rule will be valid until December 31, 2022.

Besides this, the French Prime Minister is requiring companies to extend remote working (télétravail) to at least 3 days from January 3.

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Are you curious about what will change in terms of laws and regulations in the other countries we’re located in? Read more about the legal changes in The NetherlandsGermany, Ireland, and Spain. Do you want to dive deeper into these changes? Our HR experts in France will be happy to support you! Fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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