Pattie Walsh

Pattie Walsh

DLA Piper

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Pre-termination discussions: Do recent developments in protection really help employers?

Pattie Walsh, Location Head of our London office, comments: In July 2013, in the spirit of allowing employers to engage in more open and frank conversations with their employees, the Government introduced a new regime of...more

4/1/2014 - Employee Rights Pre-Termination Notice Termination UK

Upcoming development in employment law in Hong Kong

Paternity Leave - LegCo is proposing to introduce paternity leave provisions in the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) (EO). The government has taken the lead to promote child-bearing and family-friendly practices in Hong...more

10/8/2013 - EEOC Hong Kong International Labor Laws Paternity

Be Global - October 2013

Be Global is a publication by DLA Piper's Global Employment Group, designed to keep you informed on recent developments around the world. Be Global complements uKNOW, our online international employment, pensions and...more

10/4/2013 - Africa Australia Contract Term Dismissals Email EU Foreign Workers Penalties TUPE Visas

Summary Dismissal in Hong Kong - An Expensive Lesson Learnt

While an employer might feel compelled to immediately dismiss an employee in situations of perceived gross misconduct, employers should exercise caution following the recent case of Grant David Vincent Williams v Jefferies...more

9/24/2013 - Banks China Dismissals Hong Kong Indemnification

New regulation on foreigners' exit and entry administration takes effect on 1 September 2013 in China

After the new PRC exit-entry law has come into force on 1 July 2013, the State Council issued a new regulation on the administration of foreigners' exit and entry (New Regulation) on 12 July 2013 to clarify the rules relating...more

9/16/2013 - China Deadlines Immigrants New Regulations Visas Visitors

Australian Federal Court confirms existence of implied term of mutual trust and confidence

The recent Federal Court decision of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) v Barker [2013] FCAFC 83 sets important new precedent for employment law. For the first time in Australia, an implied term of mutual trust and...more

8/28/2013 - Australia Employment Contract Hiring & Firing UK

Australia: General Protections - Best Practice Guide

OVERVIEW - The general protections protect “workplace rights” as defined broadly in the FW Act. The general protections prohibit “adverse action” being taken against a person when that person decides to, or not to,...more

8/15/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Australia Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues

Australia: Industrial Action - Best Practice Guide

OVERVIEW - The FW Act contains a central distinction between “protected” industrial action (that is, lawful action) and “unprotected” industrial action (unlawful action). However, a designated “bargaining period”...more

8/15/2013 - Australia Collective Actions Collective Bargaining Industrial Action Lockouts Notice Requirements Protected Activity Strike Unions

Australia: Termination Of Employment - Best Practice Guide

WHAT OBLIGATIONS ARISE? Unfair dismissal laws, which are set out in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), apply to a large number of Australian employees and generally give those employees the broadest protection...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Employer Liability Issues Fair Work Act Hiring & Firing Termination

Australia: The Safety Net - Best Practice Guide

COMPLIANCE WITH THE NES - An employer must comply with the NES in relation to each of its employees. Any attempt to exclude the NES or provide less favourable entitlements will not be effective as the NES...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Employee Benefits Employee Rights International Labor Laws Paid Leave

Australia: Managing Ill Or Injured Workers - Best Practice Guide

TAKING THE PLUNGE - Often, the first step is for an employer to ask, and if necessary, direct the employee to undergo a medical examination. Where the employee refuses, the employer needs to decide whether that...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Bodily Injury Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Medical Examinations Sick Leave Workplace Injury

Australia: Bargaining Under The Fair Work Act - Best Practice Guide

ENTERPRISE AGREEMENTS - The FW Act provides for the making of an enterprise agreement that is simply a collective agreement that covers one (single-enterprise) or more employers (multi-enterprise) and the employees...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Collective Bargaining Employee Rights Fair Work Act

Australia: Right Of Entry For Unions - Best Practice Guide

OVERVIEW - There are three types of ROE for union officials seeking to enter ‘workplaces’ under the FW Act: - To hold discussions with employees whose interests the union is entitled to represent - To...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Fair Work Act Foreign Jurisdictions OHSA Unions

Guide To Redundancies And Reductions-In-Force In Asia-Pacific

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Guide to Redundancies and Reductions-in-Force in Asia Pacific! Employers across Asia-Pacific are increasingly facing short-falls in work and reductions in demand in a competitive market. Many...more

7/8/2013 - Emerging Markets Employer Liability Issues Employer Tax Guides Guide Involuntary Reduction in Force

Be Alert Asia: EmploymentLaw Newsletter: Redundancy and reductions in force - A key employment law challenge

Welcome to the first edition of DLA Piper's Asia Pacific employment law newsletter Be Alert Asia Pacific. This newsletter will focus on key employment law topics and issues affecting human resources professionals, management...more

6/26/2013 - Collective Redundancy Consultations Hiring & Firing Multinationals Unfair Dismissal

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