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Ryanair fined for French employment violation

A French court yesterday ordered Ryanair to pay over &euro8 million in fines and damages over labour code breaches linked to treatment of local workers hired on foreign contracts.

Ryanair faced charges covering a range of alleged labour code violations connected to its Marseille operating hub between 2006 and 2010.

Nic Scott, HR and employment expert and CEO of HR software provider Fairsail, said, "The news of Ryanair's &pound6.7 million fine for breach of labour laws, highlights the grey areas around employment compliance for international companies. Perhaps Mr O'Leary was not aware that it is possible to have a HR system that can enable French and Irish compliance at the same time. It is a common issue for many of our customers, which struggle to comply with the complexities of handling multiple country labour laws. International companies need access to systems which can clearly support local employment laws and practices, whilst at the same time providing the information of any issues to both local and HQ management. Rather than letting situations escalate, as is the case with Ryanair, employees and HR teams need to communicate with each other. Both sides must have access to real-time HR records so that any issues regarding pay or benefits can be resolved internally without the need to resort to legal action."


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