Employment Law

We advise our clients on all aspects of French employment law. The stability of our team allows us to grasp and react effectively to the challenges of our clients’ legal issues and to meet their expectations for a lasting successful relationship.

Our multidisciplinary law firm and international business partner network guarantees global solutions which better enable us to meet all our clients’ needs.

We advise both HR directors of international groups, as well as General Managers of SMEs.

We support our clients in all business sectors including industry and services and more particularly in agri-food, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical, institutional catering and industrial laundering.

We advise our clients on litigation and alternative dispute resolution in a wide range of employment issues affecting everyday business activities including the employment law aspects of complex transactions such as M&A operations. We also assist our clients with occupational health matters involving the development and execution of workplace health prevention plans and well-being charters and, in times of crisis, restructuring plans.

We work alongside our clients as "Business Partners" to strengthen their business development strategy by integrating new HR tools such as performance agreements or termination by mutual consent. In this way, we integrate employment law strategies into our clients' business development thinking to provide them with some innovative perspective for their HR projects, guiding them in decision-making and providing them with the technical support they need to implement their projects.

The close relationships we build with our clients enable us to provide them with agile solutions, tailored to their needs and taking into account their operational constraints.

Advisory work
  • Establishing economic and social committees, the works councils, the health, safety and working conditions commissions, and local representatives.
  • Negotiating collective agreements, including collective bargaining agreements under ordinary law or by way of exceptional waivers, structuring employee representation, collective performance agreements, severance agreements, agreements on the forward-looking management of jobs and skills, mobility leave, employee savings schemes.
  • Restructuring measures, including company transfers, voluntary redundancy plans, mass redundancy plans.
  • Acquisition or compliance audit.
  • Drafting of employment contracts, establishing senior management status.
  • Secondment / expatriation / impatriation: tax and benefits optimization and management of seconded or expatriated employees.
  • Occupational health: workplace health agreements, occupational well-being, managing physical disability.
Litigation
  • Assistance before labour courts: litigation involving dismissal, harassment and working hours.
  • Assistance before the High Court: litigation involving work-related accidents and occupational diseases, inexcusable misconduct and recovery of French social charges (URSSAF).
  • Assistance before the administrative courts: litigation involving employee representatives (“protected employees”), challenging an employment protection plan (“PSE”).
  • Assistance before the courts of first instance in litigation related to the election of employee representatives.
  • Assistance before the criminal courts in litigation involving matters of health and safety and working hours.
  • Advice and assistance to an international group in connection with the spin-off of one of its businesses and transferring the employment contracts of approximately 80 employees.
  • Assistance to the French branches of large international groups in relation to various labor court disputes, both individual and collective claims, in various business sectors, including institutional catering, textile maintenance and rentals for professionals and the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Acquisition of 8 facilities in the industrial laundry sector representing more than 1,000 employees, acquisition audit and assistance in integrating employees with regard to their collective interests.
  • Assistance in the implementation of a collective performance agreement aimed at challenging the collective rights of a group of employees in the industrial laundry sector.
  • Implementation of a policy to prevent psychosocial risks in the parcel transportation sector.
  • Advice and assistance to an employer’s union following an adjustment of French social charges (URSSAF) and on the criminal consequences of a concealed work offence.
  • Assistance to a Spanish group specialized in packaging for arranging a company agreement on working hours and reconsidering social benefits for its French subsidiary.
  • Assistance to Hispano-American group in the transfer of a hydroelectric plant and its social consequences as well as managing the litigation pertaining to crown court.