Droit social

Les avocats en droit social du cabinet assistent les employeurs et dirigeants, tant en conseil qu’en contentieux, sur de nombreux sujets relatifs au droit social aux États-Unis et en France.

Aux États-Unis, les avocats en droit social de Cohen & Gresser représentent nos clients dans le cadre d’actions judiciaires étatiques et fédérales ; et devant d’autres instances telles que l’Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, la New York State Division of Human Rights, et la New York City Commission on Human Rights; et dans le cadre de court monitorships et d’enquêtes. Nous conseillons également les employeurs et cadres dirigeants sur un large éventail de questions relatives aux affaires contractuelles et commerciales, notamment en matière de droit du travail, de vie privée, de politiques de réseaux sociaux et d’incident response plans.

En France, les avocats en droit social de Cohen & Gresser ont une expérience significative en conseil auprès des employeurs français et internationaux et des cadres supérieurs/dirigeants, ainsi que dans le cadre de tout litige relatif au droit du travail et droit social concernant les relations individuelles et collectives. Nos avocats à Paris assistent également les employeurs sur tous les aspects du droit du travail dans le cadre d’opérations de fusions, acquisitions, restructurations et leur fournissent une assistance concernant le statut, la rémunération, et la couverture sociale des cadres dirigeants et mandataires sociaux.

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Cohen & Gresser advised Procuritas, a mid-market private equity firm with the longest track record in the Nordics, and its portfolio company Nature Planet, in its cross-border acquisition of American company Phillips International, known under the brand name Cool Jewels. Cool Jewels is a leading sustainability-focused provider of jewelry for the attractions industry in the United States.

Nature Planet was founded with a clear focus on building strong long-term relationships with its customers in the attractions industry, particularly focused on the zoo and aquarium segment. Today the company supplies more than 5,000 customers in Europe and the United States. The acquisition of Phillips International adds jewelry as a new product category, making Nature Planet a one-stop-shop for the attractions industry.

Cohen & Gresser served as counsel to our client Procuritas and its portfolio company Nature Planet on all aspects of the transaction. The Cohen & Gresser team was led by Daniel H. Mathias and Robert Gavigan, with assistance from associates Myia Williams and James Mossetto. C&G partners Karen Bromberg (Employment and Intellectual Property), Bonnie Roe (Corporate) and Nicholas J. Kaiser (Tax) provided additional deal support. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Four Paris-based partners have been recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in France. Angéline Duffour is recognized for labor and employment law. Muriel Goldberg-Darmon is recognized for banking and finance law, financial institutions, mergers and acquisitions law, and regulatory practice. Loïc Henriot is recognized for criminal defense and litigation. Johannes Jonas is recognized for corporate law. Best Lawyers relies entirely on peer review to determine and recognize professional excellence.
International law firm Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce that its Paris office has once again been recognized in The Legal 500’s 2022 Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) guide for its work in five practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Employment, IT and Internet, Stock Market Litigation, and Tax. The Legal 500 recognizes practices that are “providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.” Clients recognized C&G for its “ability to synthesise, analyse and argue matters” and noted that the firm “has an extensive technical track record and is able to support French and foreign clients” on all types of issues. Two C&G lawyers received top-level rankings and have been recognized as “Leading Individuals” in their respective practice areas. The full list of C&G lawyers recognized in The Legal 500 2022 EMEA guide includes:  
Angéline Duffour spoke with AEF Info about the Paris Criminal Court’s decision to sentence Deliveroo for concealed work with a fine of 375,000 euros and a one-year suspended prison sentence for two former leaders. (Subscription Required)

Anna Milleret-Godet was interviewed by Le Figaro about the Supreme Court’s hearing regarding the question of compliance of the Macron scale (threshold of the damages in case of unfair dismissal) with international agreements. Some Employment Tribunals and the Court of appeals ruled against the conformity of the Macron Scale with France international commitments in order to award damages above the Macron scale thresholds. What will be the Supreme judges’ position? (Subscription required).
Cohen & Gresser is pleased to announce that its Paris office has once again been recognized in The Legal 500’s 2021 Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) guide for its work in six practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Compliance, Employment, IT and Internet, Stock Market Litigation, and Tax. These practices were identified as “providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.” Clients recognized C&G as “extremely agile and user-friendly” and highlighted the firm’s “professionalism” and “pragmatic approach” when handling their most complex matters.

Jeff Bronheim spoke with The Telegraph about the impact of remote working on employees after the pandemic and its effect on compliance culture and training. (Subscription Required)

Anna Milleret-Godet was interviewed by Le Figaro about the French government’s desire to increase remote work and the risks employers may face for failing to implement additional teleworking options. In this Q&A-style article, Anna speaks about what employers should consider when it comes to remote work regulations in the absence of strict laws. (Subscription Required).

Tim Harris speaks with Law360 about the Financial Conduct Authority’s recent warning that financial services companies should maintain records of employee communication on messaging platforms, including WhatsApp, while employees work remotely.

Tim refers to a recent FCA case brought against an investment banker accused of destroying WhatsApp messages: "The case highlights the evidential importance that the FCA attaches to information contained on WhatsApp and other instant messaging applications. The FCA expects that if these applications contain information that they would be interested in that they must be preserved.” (Subscription required.)

Cohen & Gresser's Paris office has been recognized in The Legal 500’s 2020 Europe, Middle East, and Africa guide for its work in seven practice areas: Compliance, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Stock Market Litigation, Tax, White Collar Crime, and IT and Internet. Clients note that the team in Paris “shows great availability and responsiveness” and is “very effective in working through problems and understanding issues to reach reasonable resolutions.”

In light of the recent decree from France’s Ministry of Labor addressing benefits for employees of businesses closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Anna Milleret-Godet discusses the uncertainty surrounding “partial unemployment” for executives of businesses that face reduced activity, but remain open.

In an interview with Le Figaro, Anna Milleret-Godet discusses considerations for employers whose employees exercise their right to withdraw from a potentially dangerous work environment in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Anna Milleret-Godet was featured in Le Figaro, one of France’s leading daily newspapers, in an article covering the recent landmark Paris Criminal Court decision in the France Télécom trial.  In the article, Anna discusses the court’s decision to convict three company executives for the work environment that contributed to multiple employee suicides, noting that this is the first time the court has recognized the existence of institutional moral harassment.  She also highlights the elements that may constitute this type of collective workplace harassment.

Anna Milleret-Godet was featured in the business section of Le Figaro, one of France's leading daily newspapers. She discussed the effects of the recent French employment reform implemented by the Macron decrees.

C&G welcomes the attorneys who joined the firm in 2017. "We’re very fortunate to have added these exceptional lawyers in New York and Paris," said Managing Partner, Lawrence T Gresser.  "We look forward to continuing to build our transactional and disputes practices in all of our offices in 2018."

Le Figaro interviewed Angéline Duffour about Macron's campaign promise to create a unique maternity leave for all women, regardless of their status (employee, independent worker, etc.).

Anna Milleret-Godet spoke to L’Express about a reform proposed by one of the candidates in the French presidential election, concerning the consequences of an unfair dismissal.

Anna Milleret-Godet spoke to L’Express about the legal considerations of Amazon’s program that offers monetary bonuses to employees who resign.

Angéline Duffour spoke to Le Figaro about employers’ yearly obligation to declare which employees are exposed to certain risk factors. She also discussed the potential sanctions facing companies that fail to do so.

Nous profitons de notre première Newsletter de l’année pour vous présenter tous nos vœux pour cette nouvelle année qui s’annonce encore un peu particulière. L’activité partielle, l’APLD (activité partielle de longue durée) et le télétravail, qui sont devenus au gré de la crise sanitaire, incontournables en 2020, resteront des sujets d’actualité en 2021. Nous vous proposons d’analyser les principales nouveautés concernant ces dispositifs, sans oublier notre analyse des décisions qui ont marqué 2020.

With the shift to remote working and the convenience of chat applications for conducting business, it is critical for firms to understand that information relevant to their business may be created on personal devices and applications. The UK FCA’s failed prosecution of an investment banker for destroying WhatsApp messages taken together with the FCA’s ‘Market Watch 66’ publication highlighting the need to control electronic communications is a reminder to firms to address staff use of personal chat applications to conduct business.

Angéline Duffour and Anna Milleret-Godet discuss the legal status of business leaders and the legal implications surrounding their responsibilities.
Dans cet article, Angéline Duffour revient sur les contrôles renforcés annoncés par le gouvernement en matière d'activité partielle et livre ses recommandations pour les anticiper et limiter les risques. (Angéline Duffour analyses the French government’s plan to audit companies regarding partial activity, as well as how companies can best comply and limit their risk of sanctions.)
Angéline Duffour et Anna Milleret-Godet proposent des suggestions que les entreprises peuvent utiliser pour une reprise efficace en vue de la fin du confinement. (Angéline Duffour and Anna Milleret-Godet provide tips for how businesses can most effectively emerge from this period of containment brought on by the outbreak of COVID-19.) Lire plus en français Read more in English

John W Gibson, Thomas Shortland, and Ashley Collins outline the key factors company directors must consider when making business decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they may face scrutiny from a range of interested parties including creditors, employees, trade unions, landlords, customers, regulators, insolvency practitioners, and possibly law enforcement.

Bonnie J Roe discusses the key components of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), which was signed into law on March 27, 2020 with the goal of offsetting some of the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Karen H Bromberg and Lauren J Salamon examine the key provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Signed into law on March 18, 2020, it provides paid sick and protected job leave for employees who are unable to work because they, or their family members, are impacted by COVID-19, and is applicable to employers with fewer than 500 employees.
Karen H Bromberg discusses the recent guidance posted by the U.S. Department of Labor regarding common issues employers are likely to face, or are already confronting, with respect to employee wages when responding to different COVID-19 scenarios.

Regards croisés entre Muriel Goldberg-Darmon et Angéline Duffour, associées spécialisées respectivement en Compliance et Droit social.

(Muriel Goldberg-Darmon and Angéline Duffour discuss internal investigations and the associated employment law risks.)

Further to the “Professional Future” law, which entered fully into force last summer, new regulations have been adopted this year which reform the system for the secondment of foreign workers in France. Angéline Duffour, Anna Milleret-Godet, and Saruji Sambukumaran discuss how these new regulations, some applicable immediately and some going into effect in July 2020, aim to increase workers’ rights and employer obligations.

Nous vous proposons, dans cette newsletter, de revenir sur les nouvelles règles applicables au détachement de salariés en France, issues de la loi Avenir professionnel du 5 septembre 2018, applicables pour la majeure partie depuis le 1er juillet dernier. Nous ferons également le point sur les principaux changements apportés à la procédure de reconnaissance des accidents du travail et maladies professionnelles (AT-MP) à compter du 1er décembre 2019, sans oublier notre sélection de jurisprudence.

Karen H Bromberg and Eliza Sheridan discuss the importance of properly handling employee complaints and negative attitudes, as well as the difference between insubordination and protected griping in the workplace.

La Cour de cassation, dans deux avis du 17 juillet 2019 (n°15012 et 15013), s’est prononcée favorablement sur la conformité du barème Macron aux textes internationaux, mettant ainsi un terme au débat suscité par plusieurs conseils de prud’hommes refusant d’en faire application.

L’actualité sociale du premier semestre 2019 a été marquée par l’entrée en vigueur de l’index de l’égalité femmes-hommes ainsi que par l’adoption, le 11 avril dernier, de la loi (ou plan d’action) pour la « croissance et la transformation des entreprises » dite « loi Pacte ». Nous vous proposons, dans cette newsletter, d’analyser les principales mesures de ces nouveaux dispositifs, sans oublier notre revue de jurisprudence.

Angéline Duffour and Anna Milleret-Godet discuttent le dévélopment récent de la pratique du référendumd dans l'entreprise comme mode de validation d'un accord d'entreprise.

(Angéline Duffour and Anna Milleret-Godet discuss the effects of using a referendum as a means of validating collective bargaining agreements.)

In an article for Entreprise & Carrières, Angéline Duffour discusses the main changes brought by Macron’s decrees on staff representatives, known as Le Comité social et économique (CSE).

(Dans cet article, Angéline Duffour analyse les principaux changements apportés par les ordonnances Macron en matière de représentation du personnel.)

Angéline Duffour and Anna Milleret-Godet highlight the new responsibilities for employers established by the implementation of France's CSE (Le Comité social et économique).
C Evan Stewart outlines four different approaches for understanding the status of ex-employees as it relates to attorney-client privilege. Can they all be right?

Angéline Duffour et Anna Milleret-Godet analysent la jurisprudence relative aux plan de sauvegarde de l'emploi (PSE) depuis l'entrée en viguer de la loi de sécurisation de l'emploi du 14 juin 2013. Cette réforme a introduit un contrôle administratif renforcé du contentu du PSE et du la procédure applicable.

(Angéline Duffour and Anna Milleret-Godet analyze the case law relating to job protection plans (known as "PSE" in France) in light of the June 14, 2013 job security law, which introduced administrative control of PSE.)

Dans cette article, Angéline Duffour et Anna Milleret-Godet analysent les principales dispositions de la loi n°2016-1088 du 8 août 2016 relative au travail, à la modernisation du dialogue social et à la sécurisation des parcours professionnels, dite « Loi Travail ».

(In this article, Angéline Duffour and Anna Milleret-Godet analyze the main provisions of the August 8, 2016 law n°2016-1088 relating to work, the modernization of social dialogue, and securing professional careers, known as the “Labor Law.”)

This article addresses the existing Fair Labor Standards Act and  the June 2015 proposed amendments to the Act concerning the “white collar” exemptions under the FLSA including increased salary and compensation thresholds.  These proposed revisions to the FLSA could impact nearly 5 million white collar workers within the first year of implementation.
Angéline Duffour joined the International Forum of Senior Executive Advisors (IFSEA) to share best practices for senior executives accused of wrongdoing and facing an investigation. The panelists explored the employment, criminal, and regulatory overlap of investigations and offered practical guidance handling an investigation.

On September 22, 2019, Erica Lai moderated a panel on economic justice issues facing Asian American and Pacific Islander women, including equal pay, occupational segregation, wage theft, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment.  Speakers included Jenny R. Yang (Urban Institute senior fellow and former U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair), Lisa P. Mak (Minami Tamaki LLP employment attorney), and Seri Lee (NAPAWF labor organizer).  The panel was part of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum Power Up Conference, held in Washington, D.C.