France Benefits

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 employees.


  • 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.

Holidays that fall on the weekend do not normally transfer to other weekdays.

Vacation Time*

Employees accrue 25 days of vacation per year.

Sick Time*

Employees accrue 10 days of sick time per year. Sick time is to take care of yourself or a loved one.

Parental Leave*

You 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 parental leave.

thoughtbot provides 6 weeks paid time off for all new parents. In locations with statutory paid parental leaves, thoughtbot’s paid parental leave of 6 weeks runs concurrently. Additionally, you may use available sick or vacation time. After exhausting paid options, you may take unpaid parental leave for the remainder of the 6 months.

In France birthing parents who have been employed at thoughtbot for over a year are entitled to up to 16 weeks of leave (6 before birth, and 10 after birth). Non-birthing parents who have been employed at thoughtbot for over a year are entitled to up to 28 days of leave. Both are inclusive of the 6 weeks of thoughtbot parental leave.

Bereavement Leave

Employees may take up to 5 paid days off for the death of someone close. 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 coverage is provided as complimentary health insurance in concert with the government.


Employees in France are entitled to a 10% vacation premium.

Payroll Cycle*

All payments are processed through Remote. Payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.