How do I change the collective agreement my French company is subject to?

A collective agreement is basically a set of rules that any company in a given field must follow. However, if you change the activity of your company, or if it evolves, you might feel like you should follow a different collective agreement. Thankfully, changing collective agreements is possible in France!

When do you change collective agreements?

Any entrepreneur can change collective agreement, if he thinks it doesn’t fit his company. This can, of course, happen if the main activity of the company changes, but that’s not all. It can also happen when the company merges with another, if there was an error when registering the company…

It’s also worth noting that some collective agreements only apply during a certain amount of time. In this case, you have to wait for it to be over before you can change.

What procedure should you follow?

There are a few steps to follow:

  • Notify those who signed the convention that it isn’t appropriate
  • Ask the INSEE for a new APE code (this code identifies what activity your company has)
  • Declare the change to the DIRECCTE (Regional Direction of Companies, Competition, Consumption, Labour and Employment)
  • Inform your employees of the change. If you don’t warn them at least 1 month in advance, the new convention won’t apply.