Under the French Employment Law
system, the legal relationship between employer and employee in France is very formal and highly regulated. The majority of direct and indirect legislation is held, by most lawyers, to lean in favor of the absolute protection of the interests of employee rather than the employer. A few general examples of French Employment Law follow.
Generally, an employee resident in France, of whatever nationality, must have a written service agreement or contract of employment. The agreement in question must be drafted in the French language, but there is no restriction on a translation thereof being made available although the French version will always prevail.
Virtually all contracts of employment are for an open term. Specific short term contracts are subject to stringent conditions and may not be renewed more than once.
This is but a brief example of some of the differences in provisions in the law. Visit our website for further information or for a specific question about
French Employment Law