Tips when writing an employment contract in France

Illegal French employment contracts

The employment contract is the document that defines the relationship between employer and employee. As such, there are a couple of things you should know when writing such a contract to make sure that it complies with legal obligations.

What must be written in an employment contract?

For your employment contract to be valid, you should make sure the following pieces of information:

  • The identity and address of the parties involved
  • The position
  • The workplace
  • The duration and work schedule
  • Remuneration (salary plus bonus)
  • Information about vacation and holidays
  • How long the trial period lasts
  • Notice periods before the contract is terminated
  • What collective agreement applies
  • Information about social protection
  • Any clauses you could want to include

Be careful when using a model for your contract

Depending on the type of job, it could be necessary to include a few additional clauses, and using a model for your contract might not reflect that.

Furthermore, you have to make sure that your contract follows the collective agreement your company is subject to, and few employment contract models account for that.