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”.