Emmanuel Bénard is an employment lawyer, respected for his deep
experience with challenging restructuring and complex collective litigation. Partner
in Orrick’s Paris office, he is Head of the Employment Law Practice in France
Emmanuel represents numerous
French and international companies on all aspects of employment law including international and cross-border issues.
His practice focuses on reorganizations, collective redundancies. He
notably advised key players of the Financial, Metal, Food and Beverages,
Pharmaceutical, Technology, Leisure and Music Industries in implementing
economic dismissals and voluntary departures. He also assists these clients
with employee representation and collective bargaining and sensitive individual
Emmanuel developed a special expertise in collective litigation as well
as criminal litigation and currently handles a number of sensitive cases
arising from works council and health and safety committee information
consultation procedure, professional elections, collective bargaining
agreements and employees performance appraisal system.
With a long-standing experience on landmark M&A, he regularly
supports HR Directors in dealing with works council information and
consultation procedures and transfer of employees triggered by such complex
projects, helping them achieving their strategic objectives.
Co-author of an insightful
and pedagogic book on all labor and employment facets of companies’
reorganization, Emmanuel is described by his clients as “a guru in the field of
employment law” and praised for his “business sense”.
Before joining Orrick in
2016, Emmanuel was a partner for over 10 years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
in Paris, where he was in charge of the Employment, Pension and Benefits
Department for over 8 years. Prior to that he was partner at the boutique employment
law firm Bélier et Associés where he started his career.
Equality between men and women has been declared in France a “great national cause” of Emmanuel Macron’s Presidency in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
In March 2018, the French government unveiled an action plan for gender equality in the workplace consisting of ten measures aiming at reducing the gender pay gap and five measures to fight sexual and gender based violence. READ MORE
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The political impact of the movement was quickly felt, as President Macron announced, in a televised address aired on 10 December 2018, a series reform aiming at meeting the yellow vests demands, including notably an increased minimum wage, tax and social exemptions for overtime hours as well as a tax and social contributions-free end of the year bonus.
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As a first step of this comprehensive reform strategy, five ordinances reforming French labor laws were adopted on 22 September 2017 and issued on 23 September 2017 (the Reform).
Unless specifically provided otherwise, the measures introduced by the Reform will enter into force on the day after the publication of the required implementation decrees (expected as from end of October 2017 onwards), and at the latest on 1 January 2018. By exception, certain measures are applicable since publication of the ordinances (e.g. regarding dismissals, temporary work and teleworking). In addition, transitional arrangements may allow existing employee representation to remain in place for the duration of the current mandate but until no later than 31 December 2019. READ MORE
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