Bonnie Puckett

Bonnie Puckett

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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U.S. and International Employers: Now Is the Time to Reaffirm Your Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

No doubt walking a difficult line in the wake of the election results, human resources professionals are tasked with cementing their companies’ position as equal opportunity employers. At the same time, female employees,...more

11/22/2016 - Discrimination Diversity EEO Employer Liability Issues Human Resources Professionals Retaliation Workplace Bullying

French Labor Court Holds: Look The Other Way And Pay

France is world-renowned for its protection of employees against adverse employer actions, particularly unilateral terminations. Like virtually all other countries outside the United States, France does not recognize at-will...more

7/28/2016 - Belgium Convictions Corporate Counsel Criminal Prosecution Discipline Employer Liability Issues France French Supreme Court Hiring & Firing Just Cause Labor Code Termination

Understanding Singapore’s Employment Act and Its Recent Amendments

As of April 1, 2016, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower is enforcing amendments to its Employment Act (EA), which was originally enacted in 1968 and revised in 2009. The amendments involve enhanced requirements for pay stubs,...more

6/27/2016 - Corporate Counsel Employee Benefits Employee Handbooks Employment Contract Recordkeeping Requirements Singapore Wage Statements

It’s All Good in China, Until It Isn’t: Tips and Flags for PRC Employers

Due to factors such as China’s rapid economic development, a disconnect between legislation and enforcement, the country’s historic reliance on personal connections (or guanxi) to do business, and idiosyncratic local...more

6/22/2016 - China Corporate Counsel Employment Contract Hiring & Firing Non-Compete Agreements Over-Time Pay-To-Play Policies and Procedures Popular Vacation Leave Young Lawyers

International Crackdown: Tax Authorities Look to Employment Structures in Initiating Audits

In structuring their workforces abroad, taxes are a major driving force for employers—and if recent government initiatives are any indicator, employers should take care when considering the tax implications of their staffing...more

5/27/2016 - Audits Bilateral Agreements China Corporate Taxes Federal Contractors Foreign Corporations Foreign Jurisdictions France Job Duties Multinationals Parent Corporation Salespersons Tax Treaty

Independent Contractor or Employee: How Some Countries Differ

In this series of blog posts, we have examined the use of independent-contractor relationships by multinational organizations. In our last three posts, we identified issues for global entities that are considering using...more

10/28/2013 - Classification Full-Time Employees Independent Contractors International Labor Laws

Employee or Independent Contractor: Tips for Drafting Multinational Independent-Contractor Agreements

In our last two posts, we identified international legal implications of an independent-contractor relationship (Part One) and issues to consider before choosing an independent-contractor engagement (Part Two)....more

7/25/2013 - Contract Drafting Contractors Independent Contractors Multinationals

Independent Contractor or Employee: Issues to Consider Before Choosing an Independent-Contractor Engagement

In the last installment of the “Independent Contractor or Employee” series, we discussed what laws might apply and what problems you might encounter when using an independent-contractor engagement for your multinational...more

5/28/2013 - Foreign Workers Independent Contractors Misclassification Multinationals

Independent Contractor or Employee: Are Independent Contractors the Best Solution for Multinational Organizations?

Almost every organization expanding overseas needs a vehicle to explore the market before making the business decision to establish a legal entity, yet few legal vehicles are available for this preliminary measure. Most...more

4/24/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Misclassification Multinationals Payroll Taxes

Tax Considerations for Employment Lawyers

Okay, let’s admit it—plenty of us had absolutely no interest whatsoever in becoming tax specialists when we started law school. And so here we are, all these years later, serving as employment counsel to our corporate...more

9/19/2012 - Double Taxation Foreign Taxpayers Income Tax Treaty

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