Hiring Employees in France

Resource Type: Country Guides

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Our team of international HR, payroll, compensation & benefits experts have compiled everything you need to know when hiring employees in France so that you can meet your global expansion objectives.

The guide covers the fundamentals you need to be on top of, including the Code du Travail, Collective Bargaining Agreements, work rules, customary practice and unilateral undertakings. For example, an employee’s classification will have several implications for both the employer and the employee in relation to French employment and social security legislation.

This guidance will enable you to navigate the nuances of French legislation, ensuring your processes are compliant to avoid claims from the Comité social et économique (CSE). The full contents of the detailed guide to employing staff in France are as follows:

  • Employment of foreigners
  • Employment contracts
  • Probation
  • Remuneration
  • Working hours and time off
  • Leave
  • Medical examinations
  • Social security coverage
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Data protection

This country guide is intended to be a summary of the major areas of employment law & HR practice and does not constitute legal or HR advice. The guidance was correct at the time of publishing and professional advice should always be sought as specific needs arise.

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