Update on the rules applicable to the management of this particular day in a French company.
May 8, commemorating the end of the Second World War, is considered a so-called “ordinary” holiday. That means you can ask your employees to come to work that day. However, your company agreement or, failing that, the collective agreement applicable to your company, should not preclude it.
Important: On 8 May, workers under the age of 18 and employees of companies in Alsace-Moselle are obliged to work on a non-working day.
Unless otherwise provided in your collective agreement, work performed on this holiday does not give rise to a salary increase.
As for employees who benefit from a day of rest on May 8th, they must not suffer any loss of remuneration if they have at least 3 months of seniority in the company. Similarly, the hours of work lost as a result of unemployment on this holiday can not be recovered.
The law does not provide for any deferral or compensation in favor of employees when the 8th of May, which falls on a Monday, coincides with a weekly day of rest (in particular in commerce). However, your collective agreement may allow employees to recover on that day or to receive additional salary.
Cabinet Roche & Cie, Chartered-accountant in Lyon, France