Labour & Work Issues in France


Code du Travail – Work code - In France Labour or Employment law is governed by the Code du Travail and there are strict regulations that appertain to many sectors of ones working life. The relationship between employer and employee in terms of the law is very formal and it is generally held that the majority of labour legislations falls in the interest of the employee.

Employees and employers alike have well defined responsibilities and rights, that are generally legally enforceable through the Code du travail or through règlement intérieur – collective agreement or work agreements.


Employment contracts can be for fixed or open terms.


Disclaimer: The information contained on this page does not set out to give anything other than a glimpse of certain aspects of this area of French Law. Professional advice should always be sought from a qualified French lawyer.


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