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.

Restructurings

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.

WHAT THEY SAY
  • Chambers Europe 2019 – Strengths: Clients underline the team’s good knowledge, flexibility and availability further praising its good understanding of the constraints and limits of the company”. Sources also describe the lawyers as responsive, creative and business oriented”. What the team is known for: Established practice group offering experience in employment issues arising from site closures and corporate restructurings, including mass redundancy. Advises on senior-executive departures and consultations with works councils. Also acts on employment disputes, including class actions. Represents clients from the media, luxury goods and aviation sectors. Claire Fougea advises clients on redundancies, restructuring and employee litigation. Interviewees praise her expertise and practical approach adding: She is easy to contact”.

  • Chambers Europe 2018: what the team is known for: Established practice group drawing cross-disciplinary support from its various specialised departments to cover a broad spectrum of employment issues, both in France and abroad. Offers particular experience in claims concerning site closures, corporate restructurings and senior-executive departures. Also acts on employment disputes, including class actions. Strengths: Sources speak highly of the team, noting in particular its reactivity, availability and expertise”. Notable practitioners: Claire Fougea advises companies operating within the TMT, consumer goods and manufacturing industries on employment disputes, corporate restructurings and health and safety issues. She advises on both domestic and cross-border matters.
  • Legal 500 2018: Franklin’s well-experienced four-lawyer team is regularly instructed by leading French corporations as well as some large industrial US companies seeking advice on sensitive matters including site closures, restructurings, downsizing and M&A projects. In recent highlights, the practice handled a highly strategic profit-sharing plan dispute. Claire Fougea heads the practice, which also includes of counsel Marion Brière Ségala.
  • Leaders League 2018: Recognized expertise in High-risk litigation and criminal labor law (Highly recommended), M&A labor law issues (Excellent), Collective bargaining and labor-management relations (Highly recommended), Reorganization, restructuring, redundancy plans and collective dispute (Recommended).
  • Chambers 2017: what the team is known for: Full-service firm advising clients on standalone employment matters as well as larger corporate restructurings and M&A transactions. Experienced in handling matters involving transfers of activity, collective redundancies and negotiations with employee representative bodies. Particularly strong reputation for individual and collective employment disputes and increasingly active of late on class actions. Strengths: Clients are highly complimentary about the firm’s approach, noting: I particularly appreciate their reactivity, pragmatism and foresight. Their responses are very clear and accessible”.
  • Legal 500 2017: Franklin’s expert, trustworthy and available team advises many leading French corporations as well as some international groups. Headed by Claire Fougea, the four-lawyer team regularly deals with strategic matters, including M&A, mass litigation, restructuring and asbestos-related work.