France – National Regulations in Employment Law


We, the International Labour and Employment Group of Rödl & Partner, are happy to advise you on labour law issues (individual and collective) as well as social security law issues on a global, regional and local level. 
Below you will find basic information on national labour law provisions in France.

Interview with Celine Kammerer

Are there national and/or local collective agreements in the country that regulate labour relations?

Yes. Both national and/or local, depending on the branch of activity and/or the geographical situation.


Are there different legal rules by department/canton?

Yes. Specific rules in Alsace-Moselle.



Is there and what is the staff threshold above which the presence of staff representatives is mandatory?

Yes. Different thresholds for 11 and then 50 employees.

Are trade unions present in the company?

Yes. Depending of specific thresholds.


If applicable what is the applicable legal working time? 

35 hours a week. Alternatives working time organization are possible (for example 39 hours a week or working time organization in days per year).


Is there a minimum wage set by law/collective agreements (yes/no)?

Yes. By the law and, if more favorable, by collective agreements.


What is the number of legal annual paid holidays?

25 days paid holiday  a year (counted from Monday to Friday) or 30 days (counted from Monday to Saturday).
Applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements or the employment contract  could improve the holiday entitlement.

Existence of specific classification of employees according to their functions/responsibilities? 

Yes. By law and by collective bargaining agreement.


Obligation to set up complementary social insurance schemes (mutual insurance/provident fund/pension)?

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