Staff representation: what changes with the Social and Economic Committee?

The Social and Economic Committee or CSE is the new body representing the company’s staff. It is the result of the merger between the works council, employee delegates and the health, safety and working conditions committee (CHSCT). Companies with eleven or more employees must move to the CSE before January 1, 2020. Find out more about the changes accompanying the implementation of the social and economic committee.

A limited number of successive mandates
For companies with fifty or more employees, successive terms of office are now limited to three terms of office, unless otherwise specified in the pre-election memorandum of understanding. This provision is variable for each company, since the pre-electoral agreement protocol may favour the increase, reduction or abolition of the recommended limit on the number of mandates. It should be noted that the rules concerning the electorate and eligibility have not been modified. On the other hand, employees on secondment are not entitled to run for the CSE of the company concerned. For more information, visit the OSEZ VOS YOUR RIGHTS website.

What has changed at the level of the works council and employee delegates
On the Work’s Council side, the substitute will attend the meetings only if the titular is absent. In addition, three persons will be able to assist the employer during meetings, while for the social and economic committee, there will be only two. As far as the budget is concerned, surpluses will be carried over to the following year’s fiscal year. In the past, the calculation of the budget was based on account 641 of the general chart of accounts, whereas today the calculation is based on the nominative social declarations. As for employee representatives, the latter will give the CSE a place in companies with between eleven and forty-nine employees.

What has changed at the level of the Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committee
Although the function of this committee remains unchanged, it will be the CSE that will carry out the tasks of the hygiene committee in companies with fewer than fifty employees. For companies with more than fifty employees, other major changes that modify working conditions will be addressed. In order not to harm the companies following the formation of the CSE and the abolition of the CHSCT, a specialized commission for health, safety and working conditions will be set up within the entities with at least three hundred employees, especially for workers in high-risk sectors.

Be aware that the elected members of the CSE are versatile because they not only focus on their specific missions, they are also very involved in the strategy to improve the financial and social situation of the company.

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