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Employment & Pensions


The advent of the digital age and the simultaneous development of new economic models; the increased power of a collaborative dynamic leading to new management systems; the significant development of the work concept and the greater social responsibility of the company... These changes are profoundly altering the nature of labour and are defining a new relationship at the company, for both employees and management. What will tomorrow's company look like? Whether you are a medium-sized structure or an international group, you are now faced with this open question, eminently strategic, which brings with it obligations but also opportunities. In this increasingly complex and changing environment, expert assistance is required for all issues relating to labour and social protection law.

To face this new state of affairs, it is essential to manage the constraints and related risks as well as possible. How to assure the highest possible legal compliance of your company while optimising its flexibility in terms of personnel? In a context of globalisation of trade and fierce competition, your growth is dependent on resolving this paradoxical equation. Apart from risk management, another challenge consists of converting these constraints into a lever for development. How to attract and retain staff with the new expectations? How to enhance your employer brand? The attractiveness of your company is more than ever dependent on the construction of a real social project, which involves building of loyalty and motivation. It is therefore a determining factor to face the operational and financial challenges involved in establishing a social policy.

With 30 years' experience and a sound reputation, our labour and social protection law department comprises 15 partners. Supported by 50 multi-disciplinary specialists, our lawyers can advise and assist with all current issues, both in France and abroad: joint and individual litigation, criminal labour law; duration and organisation of working hours; new forms of organisation of work; complex operations and company transfers; relations with staff representatives and collective negotiation; individual labour relations; pay, salary saving and employee share ownership; restructuring and job-saving schemes; pension and welfare, social security and URSSAF litigation; health, safety at work and psychosocial risks. Familiar with the business world and with detailed knowledge of the specific nature of each sector, our experts employ a pragmatic and durable approach closely in line with your objectives.

"Standout practice group drawing valuable multi-disciplinary support from the firm's extensive network to advise on a range of employment matters. Frequently assists with mass dismissals and social security disputes with additional expertise in M&A-related transactions. Clients include retail, pharmaceutical and TMT companies." Chambers Europe – Employment 2018 

"CMS’ 68 lawyers advise large French and international corporations on highly sensitive matters including large restructuring projects, top M&A transactions, and challenging collective litigation." Legal 500 EMEA – Employment 2018


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    Individual and collective disputes, criminal employment law

    Our specialist lawyers will advise and assist you with a range of measures aimed at ensuring the working relationships within your company are trouble-free and preventing the risk of criminal proceedings.

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    Duration and organisation of working time

    With their expert knowledge of the core regulations on the duration and management of working time, our specialist employment and social welfare lawyers are able to assist you with all these issues that call for both experience and responsiveness.

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    Our Em­ploy­ment & Pen­sions Team


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    Dr. Christopher Jordan
    May 2019
    Em­ploy­ment Chal­lenge
    Glob­al and grow­ing prac­tice
    Un­declared work: an em­ploy­ee work­ing in France must be de­clared in...
    In a de­cision dated March 12th, 2019 (n°17-80. 744), the French Su­preme Court con­firmed the crim­in­al li­ab­il­ity of a Swiss com­pany for un­declared work for non-com­pli­ance with its ob­lig­a­tion to de­clare its two em­ploy­ees liv­ing and work­ing in France.
    February 2018
    CMS Guide to Pen­sions
    Key is­sues re­lated to pen­sions schemes across CMS jur­is­dic­tions...
    Des­ig­na­tion of a Har­ass­ment Of­ficer: a new meas­ure to fight against...
    Ac­know­ledging the need for in­tensi­fy­ing the fight against sexu­al har­ass­ment and sex­ist at­ti­tudes, French law has been amended to strengthen anti sexu­al har­ass­ment meas­ures. Des­ig­na­tion of a Har­ass­ment Of­ficer by the em­ploy­er Since Janu­ary 1st, 2019, com­pan­ies.
    CMS On your radar - June 2017
    Key em­ploy­ment is­sues across Europe and bey­ond
    Brexit: what about UK cit­izens work­ing in France?
    If no agree­ment is reached between the UK and the EU mem­ber coun­tries, Brit­ish na­tion­als will no longer be EU cit­izens as of  April 12 or May 22, 2019. What will hap­pen to Brit­ish na­tion­als who would like to travel or work in France? For new­comers in­to the.
    CMS Bur­eau Fran­cis Le­fe­b­vre coun­sel to AXA in the sale...
    Bel­gi­um braces for Hard Brexit with draft law
    On Feb­ru­ary 19, Bel­gi­um passed a draft law pre­par­ing it­self for a Hard Brexit should the UK leave the European Uni­on (EU) on the dead­line of 29 March 2019 without a with­draw­al agree­ment in place to reg­u­late UK's de­par­ture and define its fu­ture re­la­tion­ship.
    EMIR RE­FIT: cleared to land
    In a press re­lease, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on (“Coun­cil”) an­nounced re­cently that a pre­lim­in­ary agree­ment was reached re­lat­ing to the pro­posed reg­u­la­tion that would amend the European Mar­ket In­fra­struc­ture Reg­u­la­tion (“EMIR”).
    Work­ers of plat­forms: the cru­cial need for a leg­al change 
    The ori­gin­al­ity and the suc­cess of web plat­forms raise the es­sen­tial ques­tion of their work­ers’ status. In­deed, the gig eco­nomy is cur­rently foun­ded on con­flict­ing leg­al and eco­nom­ic fea­tures: On one side, in­de­pend­ent work is fa­voured, based on a crowd.
    Brexit re­lo­ca­tions: The view from CMS France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg
    Tax and em­ploy­ment law factors in France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg This art­icle sets out views from CMS law­yers in France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg. From the per­spect­ive of law­yers in those jur­is­dic­tions, Brexit has already seen UK-based busi­nesses move part or.
    Yel­low jack­ets: the meas­ures to stop ten­sions
    In re­sponse to the “yel­low jack­ets” move­ment, the French Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted a law provid­ing dif­fer­ent meas­ures to calm down the protests and take in­to con­sid­er­a­tion some of the claims. The law provides in par­tic­u­lar for the grant­ing of (i) an ex­traordin­ary.