Great moments in European labor law

“French officials have fined a pub in Brittany €9,000 for “undeclared labour” after a customer returned some empty glasses to the bar. For customers at the Mamm-Kounifl concert-café in Locmiquélic, carrying drinks trays and used glasses back to the bar was a polite tradition.” [Independent]


  • is it also illegal if a worker pulls over to the side of a road to help a stranded motorist? why or why not.


  • 9,000 euros? I wouldn’t let that customer back in the shop. In related news WSJ reports that French unemployment is at its highest in 16 years. Apparently there is some political uncertainty. Gosh, I hope that doesn’t happen here.