Measuring risk exposure and defining corrective actions can be necessary when acquiring a company, defining a policy to harmonize employee rights and benefits, restructuring, or quite simply in order to gain more in-depth information about your own organization.
Our teams can perform labor audits for you that focus on compliance or risk analysis, or that provide a comprehensive overview of all labor and employment aspects of an organization (employment contracts, collective statuses, employee representation, working time, occupational accidents and disputes, for example).
On the basis of an exhaustive analysis, we endeavor to deliver clear, concise findings to assist you in negotiations (e.g. of representations and warranties), taking and implementing decisions.
We approach employment contracts as instruments for implementing company policy, which should evolve in line with corporate change and requirements.
We use our expertise in contractual techniques to design clauses that are tailored to your business sector and that will conform to your long-term security requirements:
Specific rules must be followed to ensure the compliance of working time expressed in days, changes to working hours, overtime, Sunday work, night work and paid vacation, for example. French law in this area is complex and constantly changing.
However, sound knowledge of the rules and how to apply them in practice can make it possible to organize a business in a way that most accurately reflects its economic realities.
With our expertise, you can identify the most appropriate solutions for your organization. We can assist you in holding the requisite negotiations, in order to obtain greater short-term and long-term flexibility.
The evidentiary rules in this area are now more flexible (e.g. discrimination testing and use of anonymous resumes). Accusations of psychological harassment have become almost systematic in disputes. Employers are therefore constantly exposed to the risks associated with equality, discrimination and harassment, which have become preferred causes of action for lawsuits filed by individual employees, unions and associations.
Our attorneys regularly represent clients in court. With the benefit of this experience, they can assist you in:
Our expertise can assist you in attracting and retaining skilled professionals, rewarding performance and involving all employees in corporate success, adopting a sustainable development approach for your company, preparing employee retirement or quite simply taking advantage of the significant tax and social security savings that are available in France.
In light of your specificities and your requirements, our teams will assist you in:
Understanding the financing of vocational training and meeting employers’ increasing obligations in this field have become major strategic issues for businesses.
Our teams can assist you in designing and implementing a risk-optimized training policy with high value-added, at various stages of the process:
We also advise various professional institutions, both in their relations with their members and in managing internal operating matters.
Effective handling of labor-management relations is vital for both major changes and day-to-day operations in a business.
Our teams adopt a practical approach that involves getting to know the client’s business (its economic context, its background and its stakeholders) in order to advise on:
Preventing occupational risks has become an unavoidable obligation for employers. With the benefit of our experience, we can assist you in dealing with the Committee on Health, Safety and Working Conditions when negotiating an agreement on the prevention of arduous work, designing your assessment policies and occupational risks.
Our teams of specialists can assist you with:
Use of textbook timelines and model documents or classic grounds are not enough to minimize the risks associated with dismissals, settlements and terminations by mutual agreement.
Continual monitoring of the decisions handed down by the French Supreme Court and precise analysis of the key issues in each case (financial, political, psychological and legal) allow us to provide you with effective assistance in determining the best strategy to settle individual cases.
In the event of litigation (cf. the section on labor court litigation), our knowledge of procedures and customary practices, as well as our labor law expertise, mean that we can provide your company with the best defense, while limiting the risks and protecting its image.
Using foreign labor or organizing the mobility of employees within a group in order to meet corporate skills requirements means knowing the rules that govern the French labor market, as well as, in some cases and with the assistance of our partners in other jurisdictions, designing the employment status of the employee(s) concerned in terms of both labor law and social security law.
With the benefit of their in-depth knowledge of secondment and expatriation techniques, as well as their extensive experience, our teams can assist you in preparing the mobility of your employees:
The negotiation of a collective agreement can give a company tools to ensure flexibility and adaptation (adjustment of working time, management of restructurings, compensation policies, etc.).
Collective bargaining is also a legal obligation, the scope of which is continually expanding (future management of jobs, benefit schemes, employee savings, etc.); French labor law is increasingly moving towards collective bargaining as a source of rules in preference to regulations.
Negotiations are still a way to bring about change and to increase chances of success, while ensuring that the workforce remains loyal.
We can assist you in defining a risk-sensitive collective bargaining strategy and in negotiations, as well as in drafting agreements.
Implementing a reduction in force or reorganization that impacts jobs requires comprehensive knowledge of the substantive and procedural rules.
The risks are considerable, including the suspension or even cancellation of the procedure, labor inspectorate injunctions, deadlock imposed by the employee representatives, strikes, criminal obstruction of employee representative rights, etc.
Our teams can assist you throughout the entire process:
Moreover, there are numerous strategic aspects to a legal or operational reorganization of a company, some of which can be unexpected:
Our teams can assist you throughout the operation.
The decline in the replacement income paid by mandatory pension schemes has made companies and employees aware of the need to “prepare for retirement”.
You can call on our expertise to assist your company and employees in:
These are all matters companies must address in order to attract and retain key human capital.
Our expertise in using these techniques means that we can assist you in choosing and implementing the tools that are the most appropriate for the legal form of your company and the compensation profile of its executives.