Employment Law

Franklin is the trusted adviser of first choice to French and overseas entities on a wide range of employment and labor law issues. We have deep experience of translating the complexities of French employment law for a domestic and overseas audience.

We bring clients the benefits of deep experience in handling the employment and labor law issues arising from organizational change, including corporate reorganizations, M&A, collective consultations, collective bargaining and executive severance packages.  We also advise on day-to-day human resources management issues and employee-management relations.  We work closely with the firm’s Corporate Finance – M&A and Competition practices.  Clients also benefit from the expertise of the best law firms abroad to handle cross-border matters, thanks to our select network of partner firms.  In addition, we handle the full range of labor and employment disputes, including before the criminal courts.

Reorganizations & restructurings

Workforce reduction plans, voluntary layoffs and job saving plans.

Employment law aspects of M&A

Labor and employment audits, employment-related warranties in share or asset sales agreements, collective consultation, harmonization of collective bargaining agreements.

Collective bargaining

Mandatory collective bargaining, employee savings plans, working time, European Works Council arrangements, “right to disconnect”.

Governance

Code of ethics, best practices and whistleblowing systems.

Senior Executives, Officers & Directors

Compensation packages, share ownership plans, exit packages.

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.