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UK Votes to Leave the European Union: What Does This Mean for U.S. Companies With European Subsidiaries?

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken on the issue of whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union (EU), and by a narrow margin have decided to leave. In fact, by region, the voters of...more

Brexit Headline Checklist

This checklist is designed to set out some of the key questions which businesses will need to consider in their initial planning phase as they evaluate their existing structures and operations and the potential impact of...more

Father’s Day and Compliance?

I really never thought much about the connection until I read an article (on Father’s Day) in the June 2016 Issue of the Harvard Business Review, Managing the High Intensity Workplace, by Erin Reid and Lakshmi Ramarajan. The...more

Innocents Abroad: Benefit and Compensation Considerations

Carrie: Thank you again for all your help over the past few weeks as we address our concerns with employees going abroad. We previously talked about offer letters and employment agreements. I know you covered some of...more

Vive Les Email Liberte! French Law Locks Down Weekend Communications with Employees

In an effort to combat work-related burnout, the French government has a new labor law requiring employers with at least 50 employees to adopt written policies restricting the hours during which employees can send or receive...more

Bullying in the workplace in France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA

There are important differences between the approaches that different countries take to address the issue of workplace bullying. This OnPoint provides an overview of the approaches taken in France, Germany, Russia, the UK and...more

Innocents Abroad: Privacy considerations for employees working abroad

Dear Ned, I understand that one of your employees will be engaging a six-month temporary assignment around Europe to scope market opportunities, and you’d like to have a better understanding of what to be thinking about...more

Innocents Abroad: Employment Agreements for Employees Working In High Risk Countries

Carrie: Thanks again for your guidance over the past several weeks. Now that we’ve tackled updating our offer letters for employees working abroad, I’d like to look at our employment agreements. What provisions should...more

New Rules Provide Relief from Canadian Withholding on Salary Paid to Cross-Border Employees

Proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act (Canada) (ITA) will provide relief from Canadian payroll withholdings for many non-resident employers whose employees work in Canada on a temporary or short-term basis....more

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

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