European Union Hiring & Firing

The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of... more +
The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -
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Collective Redundancy Consultation: European Court Judgment is Good News for UK Employers

Background - UK legislation provides that, when a UK employer proposes to make redundant 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days or less, the employer is required to collectively consult...more

Whistleblowing: An Employer’s Guide To Global Compliance

In This Issue: - Foreword - A Summary Across Five Continents - Law and Sanctions - The Legislative Framework: Whistleblower Protections Across the Globe - Global Differences: The Cultural...more

Fixed term contracts in Poland—material changes in law coming soon

A major change in Polish labor law is imminent. In essence, Parliament is seeking to eliminate some differences in protection enjoyed by employees on indefinite term contracts and those working on fixed term contracts....more

Collective Redundancy: European Judgment on Meaning of "Establishment"

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down its judgment in the longstanding litigation case of USDAW and another v WW Realisation 1 Ltd (C-80/14) concerning the meaning of “establishment” for the purposes of...more

Collective Redundancies: ECJ Clarifies Meaning of "Establishment"

What happened? Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (the "Act"), if an employer proposes to make large scale redundancies of 20 or more employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days...more

Collective Consultation Obligations: Restoring the “Establishment” Test

Court clarifies the threshold for triggering collective consultation obligations. On 30 April, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its decision on whether the UK Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) was right to...more

European Court clarifies when collective redundancy consultation obligations apply

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has recently given its decision in the case of USDAW and others – v – Ethel Austin and others, otherwise known as the Woolworths case. The CJEU has decided that, in...more

Be Global - A look ahead to key international employment law developments expected in 2015

In This Issue: - ASIA PACIFIC: - Australia: Gender Equality Reporting Update - China: Predicted Increase in Collective Bargaining - China: Compliance with 10% Cap on Dispatch Workers - Hong Kong:...more

Employment Issues For Multinationals: What To Expect In 2015

In this issue: Asia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain, UK, Middle East, Qatar, North America, U.S. An excerpt from China:...more

The Fall in Crude Oil Prices: Headline Issues to Watch

Oil price movement through 2014 and into 2015 is a consequence of market fundamentals. Europe’s continued economic woes, paired with the slowdown in China’s economy, have led to a fall in demand for oil....more

Drug Testing In Your Non-U.S. Operations

Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing. With some exceptions, they are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. But the U.S. attitude toward...more

France: What Should an Employer Do Where an Employee Seeks a Declaration of Constructive Dismissal without Resigning?

Under French law, there are various ways in which an employment contract may be terminated: resignation, dismissal, redundancy, amicable termination and so on. There is also a category of termination which is similar to a...more

Restrictive Covenants and the Cross-Border Employer

In most U.S. states employers are free to bind employees with restrictive covenants – which commonly take the form of post-employment restrictions on soliciting clients or employees – as a condition of employment. The wide...more

Be Global - May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS: France: Finding a buyer before a shut down - the "Florange" law - As reported in February's Be Global, the French Government has introduced legislation (known as the "Florange" law) imposing an obligation...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

International Employment Law Developments

In Germany, many companies have resorted to utilizing temp workers through a third-party agency instead of hiring their own personnel. Temp workers typically are leased from an agency that employs the temps and assigns them...more

December 2013's review of the year

Sandra Wallace, Partner and Employment group head, highlights the most important legislative and case law developments from 2013 and identifies the key cases to watch out for in 2014. ...more

European Cross Border Employment Contracts: Which Law Applies?

According to the Rome Convention of June 19, 1980 (applicable for employment contracts entered into with until December 16th, 2009) as well as the European Regulation 593/2008 (for employment agreements concluded afterward),...more

TUPE UPDATE: UK Government publishes its Response to the Consultation

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 ("TUPE") is in the spotlight as part of the UK Government's Employment Law Review. Launched in 2011, the purpose of the review is to reform employment...more

International Employment Law Review: August 2013 - Issue 4: Recent Employment Law Developments in France

Legislation - Interprofessional National Agreement and Law on Employment Security Passed - On January 11, 2013, social partners at national level agreed to an interprofessional agreement “for a new economic and...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 10 – Summer 2013

In This Issue: - COMMERCIAL AGENCY IN THE GULF CO-OPERATION COUNCIL COUNTRIES: A threat to your brand? - Protecting confidential information in the fashion industry: An employment perspective: Gucci loses the...more

Today is the Day

TODAY is a big day for employment law. Even though many of you will be thinking about your holidays, or may have even jetted off to sunny shores, take care to remember that certain changes are taking place which will affect...more

Employment Law Update (UK): Summer 2013

A number of important employment law reforms are planned for this summer. Behind three of them is the Government’s desire to reduce the volume of tribunal litigation in favour of alternative methods of dispute...more

Collective Redundancy Consultation in Great Britain - changes to the legislation and Acas Guidance

Important changes to the rules requiring employers to conduct collective redundancy consultation with representatives of the affected employees, where 20 or more redundancies are proposed in a 90 day period, came into effect...more

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