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Employment Law France

Gain an understanding of French employment law in practice and acquire the knowledge and confidence to deal effectively with cross-border HR issues

Participants: Maximum 30
London: 3rd October 2019
London: 11th February 2020
London: 4th June 2020
London: 15th October 2020

Price: £550 + VAT    
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If your organisation is, or is likely to, set up operations in France then you must ensure that you have an appreciation of key French employment laws as well as reliable information on employment conditions, policies and procedures.

Led by experts, this interactive seminar provides an overview of the French employment law scene and highlights how employment law in France differs from other countries.

  • Gain an understanding of employment law and practice in France
  • Gain access to country-specific HR expertise combined with excellent networking opportunities
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to deal effectively with international employment law issues

Registration and coffee


An overview of the employment law framework in France

  • The French legal system

Hiring employees in France – what are the key issues to consider?

  • Key recruitment tips: the use of personal questions, references
  • Typical employment contracts
  • Key issues in employment contracts (trial periods, remuneration, non-compete, etc.)
  • Fixed term contracts



Working time

  • The 35-hour week
  • Part-time and full-time work
  • Examining potential pitfalls

Employee representatives

  • Designated employee representatives
  • Elected employee representatives (employee delegates, health and safety committee, works council)
  • Consultation of the company’s strategic orientations
  • Economic and social data base



Managing employees

  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Gender pay gap and workplace inequality [new laws 2019]
  • Grievances and disciplinary issues
  • Monitoring an employee’s use of the computer
  • Performance
  • Dismissals
  • New collective redundancy procedure
  • Dismissal rights and settlement agreements
  • Amicable termination

Employment tribunals and the courts

  • Labour court organisation in France
  • Representation before the Labour courts
  • Statute of limitations
  • Typical damages and costs



What’s on the horizon?

  • Future developments in labour law
  • Concerns for employers

Questions and answers


End of seminar

Nathalie Devernay Nathalie Devernay

Nathalie Devernay

Nathalie is an experienced employment lawyer with a clear international and client focused vision. She is a Counsel in the International HR Services Group based in France.

Nathalie advises international corporations in both individual and collective French employment law matters, such as contracts of employment and internal regulations, termination procedures, post-termination obligations and business protection, as well as compensation schemes.

Nathalie regularly advises on international mobility, transfers of employees, corporate transactions and restructuring plans, including cross border matters. She assists clients before French courts in litigation related to employment issues.

She was admitted to the Lyon Bar in 2004 and joined Bird and Bird in 2009. She holds a French postgraduate diploma in business and employment law (DESS-DJCE) and obtained a Master of Trilingual Business Lawyer qualification (JTA), after spending a year in Berlin (Germany).

A French and English native speaker, she is also fluent in German.

Chris Ivey Chris Ivey

Chris Ivey

I am a dual-qualified employment lawyer with extensive experience in the French and European aspects of individual and collective employment matters. I am a Senior Associate in the Employment Group based in France.

I work extensively with international companies conducting business in France, in particular on French employment issues relating to corporate transactions and cross border projects. I have experience coordinating Europe-wide restructuring plans, and regularly work on multi-jurisdictional compliance requirements relating to the harmonisation of codes of conduct, policies and general employment terms and conditions.

In addition to collective employment law matters, including collective dismissals, outsourcing operations and employee transfers, I work on aspects of individual employment relations including individual dismissals, employment contracts, compensation plans, employee invention assignments, and the protection of confidential information and Trade Secrets.

I first joined Bird and Bird in 2006. I hold an LL.B in English and French laws and a diploma in French law. I am admitted to practise in New York and was admitted to the Bar in France in 2009.

A native English speaker, I also speak fluent French.

Directors, HR and personnel professionals, lawyers, in-house legal counsel, line managers with responsibility for staff in France

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