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France holds the third-largest economy in Europe. France boasts economic growth and comes in 19th position with the highest GDP per capita ranking. The country is expanding more efficiently in tourism, agriculture, and industries.

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Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Nice

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Resident Tax Information

The taxation in France is very complex and follows the progressive income tax system. French residents are taxed on their worldwide incomes, while foreign employees and non-residents have an additional layer of taxation with regard to what they earn inside France.

Social Security

The employer and the employee must contribute towards French social security. The social security in France covers the following aspects

  • Old age and retirement benefits
  • Family benefits  
  • Illness or sickness benefits
  • Occupational diseases
  • Health, disability, death, and maternity funds
  • Work-accident benefits

Statutory Benefits

Providing certain statutory benefits to employees as laid out by the French labor laws is  mandatory for all employers. Statutory benefits in France include

13th-month pay

It is customary to provide 13th-month pay to employees in France. The pay is provided at  the end of a calendar year.

Work hours

Maximum an employee can work in France is 35 hours a week and 10 of those must be during the day. The excess time, whether it's evening or night shifts, will have to be compensated with overtime pay. The overtime payscale in France includes

  • The employee is compensated for working extra hours at a rate of 25% of their gross salary.
  • An employee who works an additional 43 hours will be compensated with 50% of their gross salary for each additional hour worked.

Social security

The French social security system is not only comprehensive but also very complicated. It requires employees to contribute, whether they're working or living abroad full time; residents of France who work outside its borders as freelancers with no formal employs (even if it's just 2 days); expatsorporated temporarily in another country while waiting on permanent residency paperwork.

Old-age pension

The retirement age in France is 62.

Solidarity allowance for the elderly:

All low-income pensioners are paid solidarity allowances. They're assessed with a 50% permanent disability, and these payments make up half their monthly income until age 65 or 70 respectively (depending on when they retired).

Long-term disability benefits

For a long-term disability pension

  • The employee must be under the legal retirement age,  
  • Must have 66.7% of assessed earning capacity loss  
  • 12 months of insurance coverage prior to the disability
  • The contributions towards the funds must be a minimum of 2,030 x (the legal hourly minimum salary)

Short-term disability benefits

For short-term disabilities, an employee receives a daily allowance (of sick pay) that is 50% their daily reference salary. The amount depends on the average gross earnings over time.

Death grant:

The death grant is provided when the deceased

  • Was employed
  • Received an Unemployment benefit
  • Cash sickness benefit
  • Disability pension

Workers’ compensation benefits

The employee's family is entitled to a survivor benefit pension that equals 40% of their annual salary. In addition, dependent children will receive 25%.

Fringe Benefits

Employers commonly provide fringe benefits that do not form a part of an employee’s compensation. Fringe benefits are provided to an employee in addition to their regular salary.  

Commonly provided fringe benefits in France include

  • Expatriate allowances for foreign employees
  • Meal vouchers
  • Business trip expenses
  • Professional expenses
  • Rail passes
  • Flexible working hours
  • Company transportation facilities

Although monetary benefits in France are taxable, a few benefits are exempt.

Exempt Benefits

ertain exempt benefits in France include:

  • Expatriate allowances are exempt until the foreign employee stays in France for 6  years or lesser
  • 10% of the professional expenses are exempt
  • Meal vouchers
  • Foreign social security contributions
  • Child support expenses

Long-term Incentives

The best way for an employer to show their appreciation of hard work and dedication is through long-term benefits. Employees will often be rewarded with company specific goals, such as stock options or other forms of equity ownership that provide incentives over time horizons greater than one year when they achieve certain performance milestones within the business unit/organization where employed.

Commonly provided long-term incentives in France include:

  • Additional contributions toward social security
  • Private health, life, and/or dental insurance cover for dependants
  • Performance-based incentives
  • Employee stock options

Termination/Severance in France

Termination Process

The employer can terminate the employment contract based on a valid reason (personal or financial reasons) or mutual consent or if the individual is retiring.

Notice Period

The notice period for employees under the probation period is up to 5 days while regular employees will have up to 3 months.

Severance Pay

The severance pay varies based on the individual's service to the employer. The statutory severance pay is:

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