Training your employees in France: a legal obligation

France employee training

If you’ve got an employee working for your company, it’s in your best interest to make sure he is properly trained. That way, he’ll perform better and help your company in the long-run. So far, everything makes sense.
However, in France, it actually goes a bit further than that: as an employer, you are legally obliged to train your employees. But what exactly does this entail?

The principle: employees must be fit for their jobs

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure that employees are always fit for their jobs, especially if they change their job in the company, or if their functions evolve. For example, if new, more complex software comes out, you’re the one who has to make sure they can use it correctly.

As such, you must financially contribute to this training, and this is done by an annual tax that is calculated based on your employee’s salary.

However, if you want to plan the training of your employees, to have to notify the company committee or the staff representatives! If you don’t, the amount the company will have to pay for this training will increase by 50%.

Training commitment clauses

These allow you to ensure that training your employee helps you as well. Indeed, if you include one of these clauses in the employee’s employment contract, the employee becomes obligated to stay for your company for a certain amount of time. That way, you can be sure that their formation will benefit your company.
Unless you’re the one who fires your employee, they will have to reimburse you if they leave before the time in your company they owed you is over.

Professional redeployment

There is another case in which you have to train your employee: termination with a redeployment plan. In these cases, instead of just firing your employee, you also offer your employee additional training to make it easier for them to find another job.

What happens if I don’t train my employees?

If they’re not properly trained, you’ll be unable to fire them for their professional deficiency. Sometimes, you’ll even have to pay damages to your employees because you didn’t train them well enough. So make sure you do it!