Practice Areas

Employment law and social security law

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Technical and pragmatic advice on your human resources issues

Our team of 35 lawyers works with you to deal with the economic challenges and changes that can arise at any time in the world of work. We act in all areas of employment law and social security law, both in an advisory and contentious capacity.

We constantly monitor the regulations and the changes taking place within businesses, and can assist you with the definition and implementation of your legal human resources strategy and management of the associated risks. Our objective is to develop the most appropriate solution with our clients while achieving the optimal quality/risk ratio having regard to the context in which the business operates.

Whatever the issues involved, our lawyers work tirelessly to develop relevant arguments combined with a proactive and innovative strategy.

Whenever a case so requires, our lawyers also work closely with the firm’s other departments.

Interventions

The development of a business largely depends on its industrial relations, whether through the negotiation of national, branch, group, company or establishment agreements. Our lawyers can assist you with a variety of matters that are regularly affected by shifting legislation and case-law, such as the following:

  • The operational procedures of Social and Economic Committees (CSE)
  • The rules governing the activities and management of staff representatives
  • Working hours
  • Negotiation of salaries, training contracts, mobility agreements, job retention agreements, etc.
  • Forward-looking management of jobs and skills
  • The management of industrial action
  • Disputes relating to collective agreements

We work with businesses on all aspects of individual employment relationships, taking a strictly cross-disciplinary approach to a range of areas, including:

  • Fundamental freedoms
  • Religious observance
  • Surveillance of employees (internet, video, etc.)
  • Union membership
  • Personal expression on social networks

Our litigation team handles all kinds of employment cases: strikes, harassment claims, accidents at work, industrial or individual disputes, administrative, criminal and civil litigation concerning undeclared employment, etc.

We can help you develop your pre-contentious or litigation strategy and represent you in any jurisdiction, as well as in the search for amicable solutions.

Regardless of what kind of organizational change takes place, employment law has an impact and must be taken into account. Our team can guide you through all your projects, whether involving a review of the organization of working hours, promoting geographical and/or functional mobility, assisting with changes to the business, etc.

Buying or selling a business, or acquiring or disposing of a stake in a business, require a global understanding of the obligations involved. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, our team can give you a clear overview of your obligations, including information about the social issues involved.

If you are a buyer, our team can assist you with the auditing of the target, the purchase of shares, the transfer of a business branch, a merger or other transaction, as well as with analysis of existing collective agreements and the preparation of a new one.

If you are a seller, we can give you clear information about a potential buyer and a proven methodology to be followed concerning your staff representative body’s consultation procedure.

Nous aidons les dirigeants dans la négociation et mise en place d’accords d’entreprise sur le temps de travail, en conformité avec les ordonnances dites Macron. Nous conseillons également les dirigeants sur les réglementations entourant le télé-travail.

Health and safety are crucial aspects of employment law. Whether in the daily management of a business or in the arrangement of structural projects, physical and psychological risks must be identified and dealt with.

Given the growing awareness of such risks, the financial implications can be very substantial if an employer is found guilty of gross misconduct. In order to control these risks, we can help you develop improved preventive measures in your business, including risk mapping and acting in an advisory role in the implementation of the prevention plan.

We work with businesses on all aspects of individual employment relationships, taking a strictly cross-disciplinary approach to a range of areas, including:

  • Fundamental freedoms
  • Religious observance
  • Surveillance of employees (internet, video, etc.)
  • Union membership
  • Personal expression on social networks

The employment market is constantly changing, and defining a remuneration policy is fundamental to a business’s strategy. In setting up such a policy, businesses today have access to a varied arsenal of legal tools that can achieve a number of objectives, including employee retention, sharing the business’s growth and affirming its societal responsibility.  

We can advise you on the implementation of your remuneration policy, whether involving the introduction of bonus or variable remuneration mechanisms or employee savings schemes: incentives, profit-sharing, stock options, bonus share allocations, founders’ share warrants, company savings plans or pension plans.

The establishment of good social security cover is of structural importance in any business’s policy. Our team can help you arrange your social security cover in accordance with the legal provisions and thus avoid exposing the business to additional costs in the event of reassessments or inadequate cover according to legal or contractual obligations. Our team can also carry out a regular audit to ensure compliance with internal practices.

Envoyer ses salariés en détachement/expatriation ou en recevoir constituent des tâches complexes. Notre équipe accompagne ses clients en se chargeant de :
  • l’audit des risques sécuritaires et de la définition des bonus afférents
  • la rédaction du contrat d’expatriation ou du contrat de travail selon le droit local
  • la gestion de la sécurité sociale et de la prévoyance en conformité avec les conventions bilatérales et internationales
  • la gestion des relations avec les assureurs
  • la gestion administrative des documents de séjour
  • l’aide aux déclarations de revenus
  • la rupture des relations et contentieux afférents
Notre équipe d’experts accompagne ses clients au quotidien dans la gestion de leurs salariés en les assistant notamment sur :
  • l’audit de conformité des processus de paie
  • la rédaction et mise en œuvre de la GPEC
  • la constitution et le dialogue avec les IRP
  • la rédaction des procédures d’évaluation des salariés

Taking a cross-disciplinary approach covering employment law and business ethics, we act for businesses in the context of their CSR strategies and in the drafting of their rules of ethics and professional conduct.

Our teams advise businesses on all aspects of executive contracts and remuneration:

    • Negotiation of contracts and remuneration and termination clauses
    • Advice on combining executive and employee status, where that option is a possibility
    • Remuneration policies subject to general meetings, say-on-pay
    • Preparation of delegated powers and responsibilities
    • Management of terminations of office and disputes

Rewards

Highly regarded team covering a wide range of employment mandates. Highly skilled in assisting both French and international clients, including CAC 40 companies, with employee litigation, company reorganisations and collective redundancy plans. Demonstrates additional expertise dealing with matters concerning workplace discrimination and internal investigations. Further experience in bonus-related disputes and issues surrounding foreign secondment.

Who’s Who Legal Global/France

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Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Employment law

Tier 1

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Emmanuelle Barbara

Leading individual (Hall of fame)

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Marie-Hélène Bensadoun

Leading individual

Legal 500 EMEA/Paris

Diane Reboursier

Rising star

“Highly regarded team covering a wide range of employment mandates. Highly skilled in assisting both French and international clients, including CAC 40 companies, with employee litigation, company reorganisations and collective redundancy plans. Demonstrates additional expertise dealing with matters concerning workplace discrimination and internal investigations. Further experience in bonus-related disputes and issues surrounding foreign secondment."

"One client lauds the responsiveness and business orientation of the team, highlighting its "speed in understanding needs and risks," while remaining "always reachable and able to meet any need.""

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Employment law

Band 1

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Emmanuelle Barbara

Band 1

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Marie-Hélène Bensadoun

Band 3

Chambers and partners Europe 2020

Virginie Devos

Band 4

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Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Additional social protection

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Collective and individual remuneration

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

High-risk litigation and white-collar crime

Leading

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Collective bargaining and employment relationships

Leading

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Restructurings, redundancy plans and associated company litigation

Leading

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Mobility and expatriation

Highly recommended

Décideurs stratégie finance droit

Representation of directors

Highly recommended

Emmanuelle Barbara

Marie-Hélène Bensadoun

Virginie Devos

Philippe Durand

Mary Daphné Fishelson

Fabienne Haas

Catherine Le Manchec

Eric Manca

Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier

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Option Droit & Affaires

Redundancy plans and insolvency litigation

Tier 1/5

Option Droit & Affaires

Redundancy plans and collective litigation

Tier 1/5

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Who's Who Legal Global/France

Emmanuelle Barbara

Labour & Employment

Who's Who Legal Global/France

Fabienne Haas

Labour & Employment

Who's Who Legal Global/France

Philippe Durand

Labour & Employment ; Pensions & Benefits (global)

Who's Who Legal Global/France

Marie-Hélène Bensadoun

Labour & Employment

Who's Who Legal Global/France

Mary-Daphné Fishelson

Labour & Employment