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Can anyone please tell me what is the legal notice period here in France? I've been doing some reading online and it seems that for 'executives' its three months but for the rest of us mortals it's one month. Does this sound right?
I've read my employment contract (it's for 2 years) and it doesn't say anything about a notice period, I've checked three times. Don't want to freak out the boss by asking, but given I'm only employed here for another 16 months I've started looking for my next position already and need clarification on this.

On a separate note, anyone know how pension entitlments gained in France will be handled back in the UK? Have been meaning to ask HR at work, but given that it would actually probably kill them to speak one word of English, and my French isn't up to standard, I think I'd be lost

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Do you have a CDD or a CDI? I'd guess a CDD, but please confirm - because that makes a difference.

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On the pension front, you need to consult whatever country it is in which you will ultimately claim your pension when you reach pensionable age. They don't transfer anything while you're still working.

Very often, depending on how the pensions are calculated, they will count the time that you worked elsewhere (particularly within the EU) but you won't get credit for what you earned during that time. But check what the official EU word is on this: EU–Pensions, healthcare and taxes for pensioners who live in another country-Your Europe
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Yes, according to my payslip I've got a CDD. So I'm hoping its a month..........

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Yes, according to my payslip I've got a CDD. So I'm hoping its a month..........
If it's a CDD, technically there is no notice to give or to be given. The contract terminates on the date specified BUT, according to my little mine of wisdom here on all things to do with CDDs, if you've taken any sick leave or holiday time not stipulated in advance at the outset of your contract, your employer CAN add it to the end date.

Say, for example, your contract ends on 31 March, for argument's sake, but you've had 2 weeks' sick leave and two weeks' holiday for which provision WASN'T expressed in your contract, your employer CAN expect you to work till the end of April.

So if that applies to you, you need to find out whether your employer will hold you to that or not.

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If it's a CDD, technically there is no notice to give or to be given. The contract terminates on the date specified BUT, according to my little mine of wisdom here on all things to do with CDDs, if you've taken any sick leave or holiday time not stipulated in advance at the outset of your contract, your employer CAN add it to the end date.

Say, for example, your contract ends on 31 March, for argument's sake, but you've had 2 weeks' sick leave and two weeks' holiday for which provision WASN'T expressed in your contract, your employer CAN expect you to work till the end of April.

So if that applies to you, you need to find out whether your employer will hold you to that or not.

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But if I want to leave before the end of my contract? Surely they can't insist I stay for another 16 months can they? So if I find alternative employment and want to give notice, in writing, I'm thinking 1 month notice is okay?
And as for sick leave, as I don't get paid for it I really don't see how they could expect me to stay on longer to 'make up' for it (not that that is an issue)... though this is France, where I guess anything is possible

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But if I want to leave before the end of my contract? Surely they can't insist I stay for another 16 months can they? So if I find alternative employment and want to give notice, in writing, I'm thinking 1 month notice is okay?
And as for sick leave, as I don't get paid for it I really don't see how they could expect me to stay on longer to 'make up' for it (not that that is an issue)... though this is France, where I guess anything is possible
Well my little fount of knowledge here says you can give 1 month's notice - OR if your alternative job is a CDI, you can give 1 WEEK's notice. However, if you leave with no job to go to, you will lose all your rights to any kind of unemployment benefit, etc. If you stay to the end of your contract and have no job to go to, you will be entitled to chomage.

Sadly, adding sick or holiday days to the end of your contract CAN and IS done - precisely because it IS a CDD - ie the employer is contracting you to work for him for, say, 300 days, so until you've actually WORKED those 300 days, and been paid for them, no your contract isn't up.

Yes, this is France

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