When setting up operations in a country that isn't your own, there is a lot to organise, such as ensuring your business complies with international trading regulations, complex financial management, and practical aspects like finding the right premises.
In this ready flow of practical tasks, is all too easy to forget that you will be working in a new culture, with new employment rules, and with new people, whose expectations differ – sometimes vastly – from those you are used to.
With twenty valuable years of experience working closely with British and French companies, and the holder of qualifications in both employment disciplines, I am well-versed in the HR differences between the two countries, and how these translate into effective business operations.
The official introduction of Brexit has seen a wealth of new enquiries about how to manage HR effectively in France. As there seems to be scarce guidance online, I have set out some key considerations below.
There has recently been a resurgence of articles and news on the topic of unpaid internships. Whilst these can undeniably be a fantastic opportunity for young people, there are often misconceptions on what internships are and how prepared employers need to be to welcome these interns.
There are two typical issues that arise when interns are taken on and that we will cover in turns.