Labor and Employment Law

Our Labor and Employment Law department advises and represents French and international entities on the full gamut of employment and labor law issues, as well as social security matters.

We bring clients the benefits of deep experience in handling HR management issues arising from corporate reorganizations and employee transfers, or in dealing with employee representatives.  We work closely with the firm’s Corporate Finance, M&A and Restructuring departments, and with a select network of partner firms to provide clients with the expertise of the best law firms abroad to handle cross-border matters.  In addition, we handle the full range of labor and employment disputes, including before the criminal and social security courts and in arbitration.

Whatever the mandate, our Labor and Employment team is deeply committed to serving clients with flexibility, attentiveness and responsiveness.


Rightsizing and downsizing plans, layoffs, collective employment termination agreements, strategic workforce planning.

Labor and Employment law aspects of M&A and other Corporate transactions

Labor and employment audits, collective consultation, expert investigations, harmonization of collective bargaining agreements, employee transfers.

Collective bargaining

Mandatory collective bargaining, working time arrangements (flextime, right to disconnect, telecommuting, wages, incentive compensation).

Whistleblowing and internal investigation policies

Code of ethics, best practices and whistleblowing policies, handling of workplace bullying and sexual harassment issues, GDPR, personal data (fraud).

Incentives / Management Packages

Structuring of executive compensation plans, ESOP, employee savings plans, negotiation of executive compensation and severance packages in the context of LBOs, employee secondment / international assignments.

Occupation injuries & illness / Social security audits

Establishment of retirement, disability and death benefit plans, management of occupational injuries/illnesses and social security tax rates.

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2024: The team is recognized in Employment.
  • Option Droit & Affaires 2024: The team is recognized in the category “PSE and related collective litigations” of the Restructuring ranking
  • Option Droit & Affaires 2024: The team is quoted in the category “advice to managers in LBO transactions” of the Private Equity ranking
  • Leaders League 2024: Rising Team « Labor law: high-risk individual disputes »
  • Leaders League 2024: Silver award «  Labor law: collective bargaining and labor relations »
  • Leaders League 2023: The team is recognized in the categories:
    • Collective bargaining and social relations: Excellent
    • High-risk individual litigation: Excellent
    • Social management of M&As and social audits: Excellent
    • Reorganizations, socials programs, and related litigation: Excellent
    • Compliance program: Excellent
    • Social compliance: Highly recommended
    • Social security: Highly recommended
    • Collective and individual compensation: Highly recommended
    • International investigation and internal investigation: Highly recommended
    • Mobility and expatriation: Recommended
    • Advising management teams: Recommended
    • Additional social protection: Recommended
  • Chambers Europe 2023: What the team is known for: Franklin operates an established practice group offering experience in employment issues arising from harassment claims and corporate restructurings, including mass redundancy. The team advises on senior executive departures and working time policies, as well as acting on employment disputes. The firm’s clients stem from a range of industries including technology, travel and automotive.
    Strengths: “The Franklin team are very attentive. When there is an urgent matter, the lawyers move mountains to address the concerns.