French HR Services

We provide bespoke HR services to France and UK based clients. No two businesses are the same and we therefore do not believe in a one size fits all approach. New clients often contact us for help with:

                                                              1. HR Setup after Company Registration in France                     5. Employee Forum (CSE)

                                                             2. French Compliance & Due Diligence                                          6. Change Management in France

                                                             3. Employee Relations & Employment Law in France                 7. French HR Outsourced Services

                                                             4. French HR Audits

HR Setup after company registration in France

Setting up your French presence comes with a number of obligations as an employer, and we can help you do this  in the best conditions. Our package includes things like creating your first French contracts of employment, ensuring compliance with the labour code in France, registering your company with occupational health and mandatory health-related insurances. Additionally, we offer comprehensive guidance on French Payroll, enabling you to manage employees’ salaries and employers’ costs in France efficiently. Our advice is tailored to your specific needs, and we can put you in contact with other professionals should you need them.


The advice and support provided by the team at Viridian HR has been invaluable to us at Solutus as we expanded our loan servicing operations into France.  The whole team are responsive and provide a friendly, comprehensive outsourced HR advisory service including provision of template contracts of employment, employee onboarding and payroll advice.  In addition to this, their monthly free of charge seminars are extremely helpful. Highly recommended.                                                                                                                                                  Neil Forkin, Chief Operating Officer, Solutus

French Compliance and Due Diligence

We can ensure that your people practices and HR documentation are up to date and compliant with French laws and regulations. We review handbooks, policies, procedures, contracts of employment and other HR literature where necessary.
We also develop and optimise a range of French processes such as recruitment, use of personal data etc. We also support our clients in their dealings with the French Administration such as the Labour Inspector, Urssaf inspectors, the Médecin du travail, insurers, payroll providers etc.


The support and guidance which we have received from Viridian HR has been so valuable and they have played a pivotal role in our business being able to set up an entity in France. All of the colleagues are professional, knowledgeable and quick to respond to the vast array of questions and topics which we ask them about. We know that there is always someone on hand to help guide us and make sure we are fully compliant with the French labour law.                                                                                                                                                      Louise Lambert, HR Business Partner, UK/EU, Biocair

Employee Relations and Employment Law in France

Advice on employee relations in France, such as investigations, absence, performance, disciplinary and grievance for example, is essential when dealing with a French employee. We can provide support for any process that you may need to go through, from running an independent investigation during a grievance case, through supporting your managers in chairing formal meetings, all the way to terminating an employee’s contract in France and handling appeals in compliance (ie. notice period in France.) We also offer support in conciliation and settlement agreements, ensuring adherence to French employment law termination requirements. We are strong believers in the value of informal meetings and processes so we can assist to develop and tailor these to make sure that your employee relations remain positive as long as possible.


As a UK company operating in France for the first time, we needed expert support in the complex area of French employment law, and we found that in Viridian HR, not only are we guided through complex issues in an easy-to-understand format, but advice is provided in a timely manner, which is exactly what we need in our fast-paced business.                                                                                                            Michael Holloway, Head of HR, Excess Baggage Group

French HR Audits

As well as auditing the compliance side of French HR (for example your handbook, policies, contracts of employment etc,…), we can review all of your ‘People’ working practices implemented in France and follow a Red, Amber, Green system to submit our recommendations.
With the HR Audit you can expect to gain clarity over all aspects of French HR and where your organisation should be for its stage of development. The aspects covered are numerous and include retention and engagement, HR information and administration, communication, wellbeing, training and development, to name a few.


Viridian HR have been invaluable in helping us understand the legislative requirement and best practice to adopt with regards to our French entity. Not only did they complete a thorough audit and support with implementing the recommendations, but they took the time to ensure we really understood the requirements and the options available to us. They also continue to support us with identifying new service providers relating to payroll and benefits, and are extremely proactive in their advice and in in helping us plan.                                                Sanjni Shah, Chief Human Resources Officer, Relief International

Employee Forum (CSE in France)

A CSE (Comité Social & Economique) is the employee representation body in a French company  and is a legal requirement  from 11 employees.

We can take you through the whole process from clarifying the role of the CSE  to organising the entire election process offering full support with all the communication, planning and legal documentation.


The Team at Viridian HR have given us invaluable support in regards to HR matters in France, offering us superb advice and guidance. The team are very professional, and always available for guidance and the provision of documents when we need them, particularly in relation to the establishment of a CSE in France, and various employee relations matters, giving us the support and confidence in what we do, with the knowledge that we are managing these matters in the right way, aligning to any associated governance. I would recommend Viridian HR to anyone looking for HR support for France and I look forward to a long working relationship with them.                                          Stephanie, Associate Director HR, Ergomed

Change Management in France

Some examples of the work we carried out:
– Mergers and Acquisitions- Restructuring and redundancy- HRIS Software implementation
– Support with general communications
– Changes to terms and conditions
– Company agreements in France                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    – Negotiations with employee representatives of new company agreements and salary reviews

When going through complex change scenarios, we’ll ensure you have a robust project and communication plan in place to meet your legal obligations in France as well as managing the relationship with your employees. We also offer hands on and face to face approach with employees based locally during individual or collective consultation meetings should this be required.


I had the joy of working with Karine on a due-diligence project in an M&A project. Karine used her expertise in French HR procedures and employment law to analyse and report on potential risks in the deal. I found Karine incredibly professional, knowledgeable, committed, credible and all in all a joy to work with. She’s a clear communicator, she manages your expectations perfectly and she’s great in front of clients. She’s an absolute asset to any organisation she works with.                                                                                                                          Tom Henderson-Griffiths, Head of Organisational Change and Design, Connor

French HR outsourced services

We help our clients with all their French administrative and operational tasks for the good management of their Human Resources in France.


Quartix Ltd have found Viridian HR to be of great assistance to us as we’ve expanded our French-based workforce over the last two years. Some of the main points of assistance, and tasks that we have worked on together, include the production of employment contracts, payroll enquiries, and more recently with our setting up of the company CSE and any French-specific Health and Safety requirements.  It is reassuring to know we have a 3rd party that can provide impartial advice on any French legal issues that are different to how HR is run in the UK.  We have found the team to be quick in their responses regarding all French employee related enquiries, and all advice received is not only concise, but also practical, with clear next steps and actions we should be taking. In addition, their monthly online training sessions are very useful and informative as we develop our knowledge of French HR across our teams.                                                       Emily Rees, Chief Financial Officer, Quartix Ltd