Currency: Euro (EUR) (Rate)
Public Holidays: 12 (14 in Alsace and Moselle) Public holidays (see here)
Official Language: French
Payroll frequency: Monthly
Employer contributions: ~50% of salary
Three things to know about employing in France
- Remote workers in France receive a home working indemnity of EUR 100 per month. The purpose of this allowance is to set off the necessity to use part of the employee's home for professional purposes and the intrusion in their personal life.
- For workers, France have a 35 hour work week and the working day may not exceed 10 hours (details here); however, employees earning over a certain salary can be classed as Executives (cadres) who can work longer hours and can be given additional holiday (rest days) rather than overtime pay
- In 2017, France introduced a new law: “right to disconnect”. The law required an organisation with more than 50 employees to forbid employees from sending or replying to emails after certain hours.
Employment in France
- All employees are entitled to two and a half days of paid leave per month worked. This gives basically 5 full weeks of vacation a year.
- The number of days of leave taken at one time may not exceed 24 working days.
Sick pay and time off
- A doctor may prescribe sick leave for an employee by issuing a sick leave form.
- Payments during periods of sick leave depend on the length of employment with the company and the length of the period of absence.
- €10.03 per hour, or the equivalent of €1,521 per month, based on a 35-hour working week.
Termination & Severance
France has strict rules around termination, and not adhering to those can lead to excessive costs for the end customer and legal costs. We recommend speaking to us as early as possible if this is something you are considering.
- Employees with eight months of seniority or more for the same employer on an open-ended contract are legally entitled to severance compensation in case of dismissal on economic grounds or for personal reasons.
- However, employees are not eligible for severance compensation in case of dismissal for misconduct or negligence.
- 25% of the gross monthly salary times years of seniority, for employees with up to 10 years of seniority.
- 33% of the gross monthly salary times years of seniority, for employees with 11 years of seniority or more.
- Employees will also receive compensation for any unused annual holiday allowance and RTT (if they are classed as a Cadre)
Non-compete agreements must be reasonable and limited in scope and duration. It must include financial compensation to the employee, which is usually a fourth to half of their monthly gross salaries for each month of the agreement.
Maximum working hours differ depending on the type of contract you have: worker (salarie) or executive (cadre)
- Click for info on Workers
- Click for info in Executives (cadre)
- Hours 35–43. The first eight overtime hours are subject to the payment of an overtime premium of 25 percent overtime
- Hours 43 and above. Each hour worked above 43 hours is subject to an overtime premium of 50 percent
- Some managerial staff classified as “autonome” work more than 35 hours a week, are given additional holiday days