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What lies beyond enterprise bargaining?

In 1993, the Keating government passed laws to move Australia towards a “system based primarily on bargaining at the workplace, with much less reliance on arbitration at the apex” (Laurie Brereton MP, Minister for Industrial...more

Basics of Employment Law in Austria: Part III

This article is the third in a series which provides an overview of the basics of employment law in Austria and will focus on the legal requirements applicable to employee termination procedures. I. Termination of Employment...more

Potential Implications of Brexit

Britain and the EU have traditionally had a distant relationship, with Britain often choosing to keep an arm’s length from its continental partners. This inclination may soon become a political reality when the UK votes on...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership – Webinar Segment 2

Elliot J. Feldman conducted a webinar for The Knowledge Group on January 8, 2016 on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Set out below is the essential text of Dr. Feldman’s presentation for segment 2 of that webinar. ...more

"Brexit Bites": Employment Law Implications

Although much of the UK’s current employment law framework derives from the EU, it seems unlikely that the UK’s exit from the EU would result in significant legal changes, at least in the short term. There are several reasons...more

Innocents Abroad: Sending Employees Into Harm’s Way – A Word About Offer Letters – Part II

Ned: As promised, I am following up on my email from last week regarding some additional resources for employees working abroad. The offer/assignment letter is a great place to specifically outline additional resources...more

Workplace Bullying: What’s a Multinational Employer to Do?

Workplace bullying is increasingly acknowledged as a global issue, affecting most countries, professions, and workers. Although there is presently no law against workplace bullying in the United States, what about a US based...more

Innocents Abroad: Sending Employees Into Harm’s Way – A Word About Offer Letters

Although I’ve been writing offer and assignment letters for more than 15 years, I’m curious as to what are today’s best practices for preparing these documents as our company extends its global reach. Specifically, what are...more

The Costs of Workplace Bullying: Increasingly an Employer’s Duty of Care

Multinational employers know the importance of protecting against physical risks in the Workplace. Occupational health and safety legislation has for decades mandated that employers have a duty of care to provide a physically...more

Labour and Employment Implications of ‘Brexit’

The potential that Britain will exit the European Union (“Brexit”) after an upcoming referendum on June 23 raises issues for employers. The EU is a major source of current UK employment law. The laws relating to...more

Innocents Abroad: Employer Considerations When Sending Employees on International Assignments or Business Travel

In our increasingly globalized economy, employers strategically place employees in assignments across international locations, and utilize cross-border business trips to facilitate demanding international business needs....more

New Zealand Passes Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016

New Zealand passed the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 in February 2016, effective on April 4, 2016. The regulations require the employer to identify hazards that could give...more

Mexico Supreme Court Upholds One-Year Cap on Back Pay

On January 20, 2016, the Second Chamber of Mexico’s Supreme Court, in plenary session and by a majority vote, issued a decision holding that the reformed Article 48 of the Mexican Federal Labor Law (FLL) does not violate the...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia and New Zealand (Mandarin version)

This publication has been prepared to provide an overview to foreign investors and business people who have an interest in doing business in Australia and New Zealand. The material in this publication is intended to provide...more

Thoughts for U.S. Employers Sending Employees Overseas

“At will” employment is a US thing: First step is to recognise that “at will” employment is not generally recognised outside the US. Employees working overseas will almost always have an employment contract (whether or not...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: UK

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Where there is a business transfer or a service provision change (outsourcing or insourcing or a change of provider) which is within the scope...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: UAE

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Except in cases where there is a complete transfer of ownership of a company, there is no automatic transfer of employees and their rights when...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: Understanding Your "Boilerplate"

Whilst most people associate boilerplates with mundane provisions in the back of award agreements and stock incentive plans, their importance to employers in providing security and flexibility when setting up plans should not...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: An update on country rankings – operating employee share plans around the world

Since our last issue in August, we have continued to monitor countries which present significant risk to issuers and administrators when implementing and operating share plans, and highlighted countries which are not...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 2, 2015: 60 seconds around the globe – ECB News Issue 2, 2015

China - Changes to Employee contribution rates for work related injury insurance and maternity insurance - As of 1 October 2015, employer contribution rates for injury-at-work insurance and maternity insurance have...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Turkey

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? When an undertaking/business is transferred to a new entity all existing employment contracts are automatically transferred to the new entity....more

Year in Review 2015: A Round-Up of Key Employment Law Developments Across Asia

China - Several local High Courts, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, etc, have gradually issued judicial opinions on employment disputes adjudication in 2015 to clarify various long-time disputable issues...more

Investing in Morocco

Over recent years, Kingdom of Morocco has created a legal and regulatory framework very attractive for foreign investors. In addition to its political stable environment, a recent series of tax treaties with numerous...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Switzerland

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? When an employer transfers their business or part of the business to a third party transferee, all rights and obligations arising out of the...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Spain

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? According to Spanish Law, in the event of a transfer of undertaking the new employer shall subrogate in the transferor´s rights and...more

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