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Lawyers for relationships with employee representatives and collective bargaining

The option to merge employee representative bodies with majority agreement, extension of the scope of the unique employee representative body, a new structure for compulsory negotiations, introduction of new operating rules for employee representative bodies, creation of new rights for union representatives. The impetus behind a number of changes, the recent “Rebsamen” act aims to boost social dialogue in France by simplifying it. In a climate where profound, potentially disruptive changes are taking place within companies, the quality of the working environment, which is most notably driven by the quality of the social dialogue, is undoubtedly a key issue. So, how can you ensure your practices comply with the operating rules in force? How can you manage and get the best out of your relationships with employee representatives? How can you capitalise on the new social legislation to develop a suitable and effective negotiation strategy? How can you take advantage of the opportunities provided by social reform to rekindle your employees’ interest in social dialogue? In order to achieve the dual goals of economic performance and employee satisfaction, these key questions must be tackled as quickly as possible.

With their expertise in these matters, our specialist employment and social welfare lawyers will explain the challenges presented by this specific domain and help you to identify and implement the changes they involve. They will draw upon their significant experience in this area of law to guide you in the ongoing management of rights, the demands put forward by those representing your employees and your obligations to them. At the same time, they will help you to implement plans that are likely to have an impact on working conditions and on the individual or collective status of employees. In practical terms, they will assist with setting up employee representative bodies, both nationally and internationally (European works councils), as well as with managing your relationships with organisations representing employees, and with the experts they employ. They are able to provide assistance for collective bargainings at company, industry and group level, for dealing with collective disputes and litigation brought by employee representatives (works council/employee representative elections and union appointments), or for managing your relationship with your company’s Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committee (HSWCC). Their pragmatism and familiarity with the issues you face enable them to help you make best use of the current law to boost the enthusiasm of your workforce and rekindle their interest in social dialogue.

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Froger-Michon Caroline
Caroline Froger-Michon
Part­ner
Global Co-Head of the CMS Employment & Pensions Group
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Caroline Froger-Michon is Co-Head of the CMS Employment & Pensions Group. In this position, she jointly leads an international team of 280 lawyers. Caroline is a partner in the Employment Law...
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Rodolphe Olivier
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Rodolphe joined the Employment Law Department at CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1997. He became a partner in June 2010. He is mainly involved in litigation in relation to disputes pending before ...
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Laurent Marquet de Vasselot
Part­ner
Member of the Management Board
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Having spent several years in the legal department of an international group, Laurent joined the Employment Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1991 and became Partner in 1998. He assists ...
Nicolas Callies
Nicolas Callies
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Nicolas Cailles joined the Employment Law Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1990 and became a partner in 2001. Nicolas manages a team that provides advice and handles disputes in ...
Pierre Bonneau
Pierre Bonneau
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Pierre Bonneau joined the Employment Law Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1999 and became a partner in 2012. Pierre advises both international and French companies on collective and ...
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Raphaël Bordier
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Raphaël Bordier is a partner in CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats’s Employment Law Department. He has worked in employment law and social welfare law for more than twenty years, both advising and li...
Marie-Pierre Schramm
Marie-Pierre Schramm
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Marie-Pierre Schramm joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1985 and was made a partner in 2003. Specialising in advice and disputes in the field of employment law, she regularly handles matters ...
Romand Thierry
Thierry Romand
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Thierry Romand joined the employment department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1995 and became a partner in 2006. He has substantial experience in advising corporate clients on employment law...
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Nicolas de Sevin
Part­ner
Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Nicolas de Sevein joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats in 1983, and became a partner in 1989. A member of the firm’s Advisory Board since July 2012, he was elected Vice-Chairman in June 2015. He ma...
Damien Decolasse
Damien Decolasse
Part­ner
France, Neuilly-sur-Seine
Damien Decolasse is a Partner in the CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats Employment and Pensions Department. He specialises in employment law and provides advice in collective and individual labour...