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Employment and Social Security Law

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Technical and pragmatic advice on human resources

Our 35 specialists advise a range of French and international companies, from SMEs to major corporations, on all matters related to Employment and Social Security Law.

We stay up-to-date with changing regulations and understand your business needs. We help clients define and implement their HR strategies with precision.

We also assist in managing risks and provide guidance for complex cases, such as reorganization projects, collective dismissal procedures, strikes, and in the context of collective proceedings. 

Interventions

  • Employment and Social Security Law

  • Collective Labor Relations

  • Individual and Collective Litigation

  • Restructuring Management

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Workplace Health and Safety

  • Individual Labor Relations

  • Compensation, Employee Savings, and Equity Ownership

  • Social Security and Welfare Law

  • Ethics

  • Status and Compensation of Executives

  • Organizational Changes

Our 35 specialists advise a range of French and international companies, from SMEs to major corporations, on all matters related to Employment and Social Security Law.

We stay up-to-date with changing regulations and understand your business needs. We help clients define and implement their HR strategies with precision.

We also assist in managing risks and provide guidance for complex cases, such as reorganization projects, collective dismissal procedures, strikes, and in the context of collective proceedings. 

Collective Labor Relations

Understanding the way in which  employer/employee relationships are governed through a range of specific agreements is essential. We help you navigate this changing landscape by advising on: 

  • The functioning of the Social and Economic Committee (CSE), 
  • Management of employee representatives, 
  • Mandatory working hours, 
  • Salary negotiations, training contracts, mobility agreements, job retention agreements, etc. 
  • Management of collective actions, 
  • Disputes related to collective agreements. 

Individual and Collective Litigation

We handle all types of employment law litigation: strikes, allegations of harassment, accidents in the workplace, collective or individual conflicts, administrative, criminal, and civil litigation related to hidden labor practices. 

We work with you to define a judicial or pre-litigation strategy, and represent you before all relevant jurisdictions.  

Restructuring Management

Successfully restructuring a company requires rigorous planning and execution. We provide a secure and successful pathway for your business.  

From activity transfers to layoffs, our team ensures that the project submitted to the CSE is well-documented to address all potential objections, and carefully communicated to employees and allstakeholders including unions’ leaders.  

Mergers and acquisitions

We help buyers and sellers analyze all the employment law implications that need to be considered in an M&A context.  

Our proven methodology helps all parties reach optimal outcomes.  

Workplace Health and Safety

Within employment law, workplace health and safety is paramount. All physical and psychological risks must be identified and managed.

As more and more emphasis is placed upon these risks, the financial stakes are significant for employers if found at fault. To mitigate this, we help clients improve preventative measures, including through risk mapping, and advice on prevention plans. 

Individual Labor Relations

We work with companies on all aspects of individual labor relations. Our cross-functional approach includes: 

  • Protection of fundamental freedoms 
  • Accommodation of religious practices 
  • Monitoring of employees (cyber, video) 
  • Protection of union activity 
  • Employee use of social media 

Compensation, Employee Savings, and Equity Ownership

Our team can help companies define their compensation policy. We offer guidance on various tools, including bonus and variable compensation mechanisms, profit-sharing, stock-options, free share awards, BSPCE, and retirement and savings plans.  

Our services aim to align the compensation policy with the company's objectives and values, including its social responsibility, to improve staff retention. 

Social Security and Welfare Law

Providing adequate social security coverage is a fundamental part of a company's strategy. We help you design and implement your social security coverage in compliance with the law.  

Through regular audits, we also ensure that internal practices are adhered to. 

Ethics

Drawing on our cross-functional expertise between labor law and our Business and Human Rights' offering, we are called upon by companies in the context of their CSR strategy and in drafting the terms of their internal ethics policy. 

Status and Compensation of Executives

We advise on all aspects related to the status and compensation of executives, including: 

    • Negotiation of status, compensation and termination clauses 
    • Advice on the possibility of combining executive and employee status 
    • Compensation policies subject to general meetings, such as say on pay 
    • Termination and potential litigation 

Organizational Changes

To help clients optimize the way they are organized, we review working time arrangements, and help implement internal mobility schemes. 

Team

  • Working languages: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, Arabic

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

Chambers & Partners Europe 2024

Employment

Band 1

Legal 500 EMEA 2024

Employment

Tier 1

Option Droit & Affaires 2024

PSE et contentieux collectifs afférents

Tier 1/5

• Emmanuelle Barbara : Employee Benefits Law ; Labor and Employment Law

• Marie-Hélène Bensadoun : Employee Benefits Law ; Labor and Employment Law

• Virginie Devos : Employee Benefits Law ; Labor and Employment Law

• Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier : Employee Benefits Law ; Labor and Employment Law

• Eric Manca : Employee Benefits Law ; Labor and Employment Law ; Litigation 

• Philippe Durand : Labor and Employment Law

• Mary Daphné Fishelson : Labor and Employment Law ; 

• Fabienne Haas : Labor and Employment Law

• Catherine Le Manchec : Labor and Employment Law

• Sonia Moreau : Labor and Employment Law

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Gestion sociale des M&A et audits sociaux

Incontournable

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Restructurations, plans sociaux et contentieux associés

Incontournable

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Négociations collectives et relations sociales

Incontournable

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Contentieux individuel à risques

Incontournable

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Rémunération collective et individuelle

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Sécurité sociale

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Protection sociale complémentaire

Excellent

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Mobilité et expatriation

Forte notoriété

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Compliance sociale

Forte notoriété

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Droit pénal du travail

Forte notoriété

Décideurs stratégie finance droit 2023

Représentation des dirigeants

Forte notoriété