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Doing Business in Canada - Privacy

Canada has enacted generally applicable privacy laws that govern most private sector activities. Each province and the federal government also have privacy and freedom of information legislation that governs government...more

Doing Business in Canada - Forms of Business Organization

The first issue facing foreigners setting up a business in Canada is the type of entity which should be used to operate the business. Among the most commonly used are: • Canadian corporations • Unlimited liability...more

TUPE Amendments 2014

The Acquired Rights Directive (ARD) applies across the Member States of the European Union and is implemented in the UK by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (the “TUPE Regulations”)....more

Doing Business in Canada: Language Requirements

FEDERAL LAWS - English and French are the official languages of Canada. The Constitution of Canada and the Official Languages Act guarantee that English and French have equality status and equal rights and privileges...more

VAT recovery and pension schemes: Where are we now?

HMRC’s policy on reclaiming VAT on investment management and other costs remains under review in the light of two recent decisions from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The first of these cases, PPG...more

A Better Way Out? Exit Services in Outsourcing

As with any business relationship, the end of an outsourcing can be a difficult time. Happy, trouble-free exits are rare. Emotions often run high, there may be pending legal claims in relation to the termination circumstances...more

Recent Changes to the U.K. Employment Tribunal System Bring New Penalties and Early Conciliation

There have been a number of significant changes in the United Kingdom’s employment tribunal system and employment dispute resolution rules over the last year. In this post, we outline two recent changes which, with the...more

Key Changes in UK Employment Legislation Announced

New regulations on flexible working have been published, while bills concerning small businesses, private pensions, and childcare payments will come before Parliament in the next year. ...more

Secondment Arrangements in Russia: The Game Is Changing

Russian law now recognises secondment, but restricts the sphere of its use. On 7 May, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a long-discussed act that will regulate private employment agencies and secondment...more

Labor and Employment Updates from Around the World: Germany

As so often happens in the aftermath of an election, the new German Government has turned its attention to labor and employment law, and has already announced new and significant legislation. On top of this, there have been...more

Meritas Capability Webinar - Doing Business in Canada [Video]

The purpose of this webinar is to assist lawyers worldwide in advising their clients on how to retain lawyers in Canada and to assist those clients conducting business there. The webinar will present the geographic outline...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Panama

Panama is the southernmost country of Central America. It has a total landmass of 75,517 square kilometers and an estimated population of 3,510,045 as of a July 2011. Its government is a constitutional democracy and the...more

The Kazakhstan Government’s message to foreign investors: We’re open for business… …and ready to provide a favourable and enabling...

The Kazakhstan government recently announced a roadmap of specific and immediate measures designed to incentivise foreign direct investment and further privatise key sectors of its economy. The roadmap broadly outlines a...more

How the 2014/2015 Budget Measures up for Employers

The 2014/2015 Federal Budget (Budget) has introduced a number of important reductions, incentives and clarifications impacting employer initiatives, employee remuneration and benefits and the legal framework in which...more

The Big Chill

Phillip Kite of Harneys looks at the subject of injunctions generally with a particular emphasis on recent case law on freezing orders - The British Virgin Islands is an idyllic collection of islands in the Caribbean....more

Basics Of Employment Law In Italy: Part III

This article is the third in a series which provides a brief overview of the some of the key elements of employment law in Italy. This article will cover terminations, including a summary of the sources of law governing...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends In The Legal Landscape - Issue 5, Spring 20014

One might expect that, with this fifth issue of a quarterly newsletter, we would be able to rely on the cyclical nature of things and simply model this Spotlight on Belgium after our very first issue. This is not the case,...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the largest republic in Central America with the lowest population density. The country is bordered on the north by Honduras and on the south by Costa Rica. Its western coastline is on the Pacific Ocean, while...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Mexico

With a total landmass of almost two million square kilometers, Mexico is slightly less than three times the size of Texas and has a total population of over 106 million people. Its political organization is a federal republic...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Guatemala

Guatemala borders the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, as well as Mexico, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. It has a population of approximately 14.7 million people. Its form of government is republican, democratic and...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: El Salvador

With a territory of 21,000 square kilometers, El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America and the only one with no access to the Atlantic Coast. Its population reaches almost 7 million and the territory is...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-08

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Costa Rica

In the last ten to fifteen years, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology, services and tourism sectors. Its 2012 population was estimated at just over 4.6 million people. The Costa Rican legal...more

French Approach to After Hours Work Unlikely to Catch On

A new labor agreement reached in France requires employers in certain technology and consultancy sectors to take steps to ensure employees are not plugging into work on their free time. France has had a 35-hour workweek for...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Columbia

Colombia is located in the northernmost part of South America. Its population is estimated at over 45 million people, with at least 10 million living in the capital city of Bogotá. Colombia’s main language is...more

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