How To Implement And Manage A Social Plan In France : A Guide For Foreign Employers

A webinar organised by our French member firm MGG Legal on March 21, 2023.

While we are entering a period of economic uncertainty (with a war raging at our doorstep, a global inflation, a dramatic surge in the interest rates and an energy crisis that has started impacting the companies’ performance), companies are looking into new ways to adapt their day-to-day operations and to anticipate as much as possible any future financial difficulties.

Foreign employers believe it is virtually impossible to restructure their business in France.  We too often hear that French laws and regulations are designed in such a way that employers are prevented from implementing redundancies.

We keep demonstrating to our clients that this assumption is largely exaggerated.  Implementing a global restructuring plan in France in order to prevent future difficulties or weather an economic storm is indeed accessible to all employers as long as they are made aware of the traps that any restructuring project entails.

Our objective on March 21, 2023 at 3 pm CET is to give you a taste of the rules governing job-protection plans (“plan de sauvegarde de l’emploi”) and a better understanding of the broad mechanisms governing redundancies in France.

This webinar is set to last for 1 hour during which we will provide you with:

  • An overview of the process that should be implemented when a company contemplates the implementation of large scale reduction in their workforce,
  • An insight on the key features of economic redundancies in France (how to determine the economic rationale / how to select the employees to be made redundant / how to comply with the redeployment obligation…),
  • A review of the main alternatives to the implementation of a job-protection plan (mainly the collective mutual termination (“RCC”) and collective ‘performance’ agreements (“APC”).

By the end of this session, you should be more familiar with the general principles applicable to redundancies in France.

This training will be held remotely in English by Loïc Héron and Paul Romatet.