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International Employment Law: A 2012 Perspective
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In a fast-paced economic environment where companies work and compete across borders, employment law is no longer considered to be a local issue. As such, employers must be up-to-date regarding the latest standards worldwide to minimize risk and avoid employment-related legal challenges.

The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of distinguished experts to provide an in-depth discussion of the significant topics in the mix including:

Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Method Of Presentation: Group-Based-Internet
Developer: The Knowledge Group, LLC
Recommended CLE/CPE Hours: 1.75 - 2.0
Advance Preparation: Print and review course materials
Course Code: 124332
Recording Fee: $299 (Please click here for details)


Featured Speakers for International Employment Law: A 2012 Perspective LIVE Webcast :

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Johan Lubbe, Shareholder and U.S. Practice Co-Chair, International Employment Law,
Littler Mendelson P.C.

  • 1. Introduction
    • a. International employment law – what does it mean?
    • b. Which law applies? (and deferring to Bill Milani to cover extraterritorial application of federal anti-discrimination laws)
    • c. Foreign culture and law: the challenges for judges (recent Canadian case)
  • 2. Round-up of recent significant statutory changes in key foreign jurisdictions
    • a. Austerity measures in Italy and Spain; significant changes to Labor Codes
    • b. Mexico – a new government and a new federal Labor Code
  • 3. The evolving law of inappropriate workplace behavior – from discrimination to protection of employees’ dignity
    • a. From discrimination comparator to broad based protection of dignity
    • b. Broader protected categories
    • c. Workplace bullying
    • d. Hair color – “gingerism”
    • e. Obesity/lookism
  • 4. Sexual harassment – new developments overseas
    • a. Countries with comprehensive laws
    • b. India – national legislature finally proposed a Bill in 2012
  • 5. Data privacy laws - impact on human resource information (time permitting)

James E. Gregory, Partner,

  • • Structuring an international assignment
    • o Secondments
    • o New Employment Agreement
    • o Dual-Employment or Service Contracts
  • • Provisions to consider in relevant agreements
    • o Duties
    • o Management and Control
    • o Expatriate Benefits
    • o Tax Equalization
    • o Choice of Law
  • • Termination and repatriation (including post-employment covenants)
    • o Notice Periods and Severance
    • o Repatriation
    • o Post Employment Covenants (Non-Competes, etc.)

Anne Marie Lofaso, D.Phil., J.D., A.B., Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Professor of Law,
West Virginia University College of Law

What are corporate codes of conduct, codes of conduct for multinational corporations, global ethics codes, and global diversity and inclusion standards? How do they differ? What are best practices? What are their legal effect?

Carson G. Burnham , Chair, International Practice Group,
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • • Vehicles for avoiding employment relationships such as service provider agencies and permissible independent contractor arrangements are disappearing + misclassification risks
  • • What multinational employers need to know about permanent establishment
  • • Choice of law clauses - pitfalls and recommendations

Matthew W. Hoyt, Partner,

  • • General overview of global immigration issues
  • • Employing foreign nationals in the U.S. (visa and “green cards”)
  • • “Outbound” immigration issues (Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, and the Far East)

Dr. Stephanie Plancich, Vice President,
NERA Economic Consulting


Three wage and hour class action lawsuits in Ontario, Canada were recently heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal. In its judgments, released in June 2012, the Court allowed certification in two of the three cases – against Bank of Nova Scotia and CIBC – and denied certification of the class against CN Railway. In the two certified cases, the Court found that there was sufficient commonality across the proposed classes related to overtime policies, so that the liability could be evaluated on a class-wide basis. On the other hand, in the case claiming employee misclassification against CN railway, the Court found that individual issues predominated and that no commonality had been established.

To reach each of these decisions, the Court evaluated specific factors about the nature of the positions and policies at each company. Economic and statistical analysis can aid in the evaluation of such job characteristics, to determine if factors such as job responsibilities, patterns of alleged overtime work, and impact of company policies are common across proposed class members. It may be possible to identify variability within the proposed class by characteristics such as job title, region, shift or supervisor. Electronic employment records can be used in such statistical analysis, and can be supplemented with other sources of electronic, hard-copy and survey data, though care must be taken in the interpretation and merging of such alternative data sources.

William J. Milani, Member of the Firm,
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

  • • Discrimination claims by locally hired employees of foreign-owned companies doing business in the United States
  • • Potential liability of the foreign-owned parent company for personnel decisions made by its subsidiary in the United States
  • • The extraterritoriality of United States employment laws

Littler Mendelson P.C.
Johan Lubbe
Shareholder and U.S. Practice Co-Chair, International Employment Law
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James E. Gregory
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West Virginia University College of Law
Anne Marie Lofaso, D.Phil., J.D., A.B.
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Professor of Law
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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Carson G. Burnham
Chair, International Practice Group
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Matthew W. Hoyt
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NERA Economic Consulting
Dr. Stephanie Plancich
Vice President
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Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
William J. Milani
Member of the Firm
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Who Should Attend?

- General Counsel
- Outside Counsel for U.S. and Overseas-Based Multinationals
- In-house International and Labor counsel
- Human Resources Professionals
- Senior Management
- Multinationals

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This is a must attend event for anyone interested in learning the hottest topics regarding international employment law.

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International Employment Law: A 2012 Perspective
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With more than 900 attorneys and 56 offices, Littler Mendelson is the largest U.S.-based law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in employment and labor law matters. As the only U.S. member of the Ius Laboris global alliance, Littler has extensive resources to address the global needs of clients, from navigating foreign employment laws and international labor relations issues to applying corporate policies on a global basis. Given our singular focus in the area of labor and employment law, many Littler attorneys have spent their careers cultivating full-time practices solely devoted to employment law subspecialties, such as international employment and labor law, class action prevention and litigation, immigration and global migration, unfair competition and trade secrets, labor relations, privacy and employee benefits. Preventative programs such as class action audits help employers to correct problems before they develop into costly and time-consuming lawsuits. And our commitment to using state-of-the-art technology enables attorneys and staff to share vital knowledge with clients and each other at a moment’s notice across multiple time zones.

Proskauer is a leading global law firm with more than 700 lawyers. Headquartered in New York since 1875, we have offices across the U.S. and a strong presence in the UK, France, Brazil and China. Our practice is diverse and interdisciplinary, ranging from complex, cross-border transactions to high-stakes litigation, representing many of the world’s prominent businesses, financial institutions, investment funds, not-for-profit institutions, governmental entities and other organizations or individuals in their most critical matters. Dubbed a "powerhouse" by Chambers USA, which also named us the winner of its prestigious 2012 "Award for Excellence," Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department is one of the world’s strongest practices, with over 160 lawyers. We field highly experienced teams covering every aspect of labor and employment law, from traditional labor-management relations disputes and employment counseling to the complex field of class and collective actions.

Today’s employers are faced with myriad federal and state laws and regulations that govern the workplace. In order to comply with these laws and to provide a positive workplace, employers must dedicate tremendous resources to labor and employment law issues. At Ogletree Deakins, our 600 lawyers in 42 offices around the United States work daily with employers in connection with their workplace needs. From traditional labor issues, to employment litigation, to workplace safety, to employee benefits and other areas, Ogletree Deakins has experienced professionals in all areas of labor and employment law who provide efficient, client-focused service to our clients. Our labor and employment law practices are complemented by thriving practices in immigration, construction, and environmental law, and commercial litigation.

International Labor and Employment Solutions

At Ogletree Deakins, we understand that our clients’ employment issues often are not isolated to one state, country or region of the world. Our International Practice Group facilitates business growth by helping to centralize our clients’ employment, human resources and compensation practices. We offer cross-border solutions to today’s key challenges arising out of managing a global workforce, as well as assistance to growing businesses involved in foreign transactions for the first time. We pride ourselves on providing practical business solutions to complex employment issues in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast and more than 800 lawyers, clients count on BakerHostetler to help them grow and protect their businesses in a complex business and regulatory environment.

BakerHostetler has five core practice groups: Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, health care, energy, middle market M&A, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality.

At BakerHostetler we distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations.

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NERA Economic Consulting ( is a global firm of experts dedicated to applying economic, finance, and quantitative principles to complex business and legal challenges. For half a century, NERA’s economists have been creating strategies, studies, reports, expert testimony, and policy recommendations for government authorities and the world’s leading law firms and corporations. With its main office in New York City, NERA serves clients from more than 20 offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., founded in 1973, is a national law firm with approximately 300 lawyers practicing in 11 offices, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. The firm is uncompromising in its pursuit of legal excellence and client service in its areas of practice: Health Care and Life Sciences, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Corporate Services, and Employee Benefits. Epstein Becker Green was founded to serve the health care industry and has been at the forefront of health care legal developments since 1973. The firm is also proud to be a trusted advisor to clients in the financial services and hospitality industries, among others, representing entities from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Our commitment to these practices and industries reflects the founders' belief in focused proficiency paired with seasoned experience. For more information, visit

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