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Job abandonment and resignation presumption: a new French law has been passed

Job abandonment so far required the employer to take the initiative to terminate the employment contract through a disciplinary dismissal procedure.

A new Act voted by French Parliament on December 21, 2022 creates a resignation presumption in case the employee has just abandoned their job with no justification.

According to this new law, the employee who files for unemployment benefits after their employment contract was terminated for job abandonment will be refused the said benefits under the same conditions as an employee who has resigned.

Please note that a decree specifying the terms of application of this new law must be published. Pending this decree, this text will not be applicable. This decree should be issued within 3 or 4 months.