France Benefits & Details

Benefits vary by country in accordance with each country’s employment laws. This page serves as an overview of benefits for France. The Employer of Record for France, Remote, can provide additional details on the benefits that they administer (denoted below with *).

In addition to location-specific benefits, Shared Benefits are available to all team members.


  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Monday
  • Labour Day
  • Victory in Europe Day
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • Bastille Day
  • Assumption of Mary
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Armistice Day
  • Christmas Day

All holidays are determined by the Employer of Record and may vary by year. In addition to federal holidays, France also has regional holidays.

Annual Leave/Vacation Time*

Team members accrue 25 days of vacation per year. Annual leave accrued during an accrual year (1 June - 31 May) can be used immediately until the end of the following accrual year.

Sick Time*

thoughtbot ensures 10 days of fully paid sick time per year.

Team members who have been at thoughtbot for at least 1 year

Up to 3 months of fully and partially paid sick time is available from CPAM and thoughtbot. The amount and duration of sick time pay depends on the length of employment. For example, a team member who has worked at thoughtbot for 1-5 years is eligible for 1 month of 100% pay and 2 months of 80% pay, contributed by CPAM and thoughtbot.

Team members who have been at thoughtbot for less than 1 year

Sick leaves lasting up to 2 consecutive days are paid fully by thoughtbot, for a total of up to 10 days per year. For sick leaves lasting over 2 consecutive days, payments from CPAM may be available. For extended sick leaves beyond 2 consecutive days, thoughtbot will top off the first 10 days to 100% pay.

Parental Leave*

All thoughtbot team members are eligible for both paid and unpaid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The paid and unpaid leave can be combined for up to 6 months of total time off. In some locations, team members are eligible for more time off. thoughtbot ensures 6 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all non-birthing parents and 12 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all birthing parents. In locations with their own system for paid leave, thoughtbot’s policy runs concurrently with the local system.

Additionally, in France birthing parents who have been employed at thoughtbot for over a year are entitled to up 6 weeks leave before birth.

Bereavement Leave

Team members may take up to 5 paid days off anytime someone close passes away. This includes pregnancy loss. We understand the deep impact that death can have on an individual or a family. If you need more than 5 days off, you can also use your accrued paid time off or unpaid time off.

Medical Insurance*

Medical insurance is available through Alan.


Team members in France are entitled to a 10% vacation premium paid in June.

Collective Bargining Agreemeent (CBA)*

All our team members in France are part of a union.

Payroll Cycle*

All payments are processed through Remote. All bonuses, stipends, and expense reimbursements are added to the monthly payment, which is made on or before the last working day of each month, payable in arrears. The cut off date for submitting and approving expenses is the 10th of the month.

Notice Period*

In France the notice period is determined by the CBA and should be confirmed with Remote. The standard notice period in France is 1 month for employment under 2 years, and 2 months for employment over 2 years.