International Labor & Employment Law: Significant Issues to Watch For in 2016 & Beyond
Keeping pace with the developments in international labor and employment law has always been a struggle for companies. It would be wise for employers to be aware of the various international and employment law issues to prevent potential exposure to risks. In the U.S., for instance, several government agencies have foretold their continued focus on employers in 2016. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has recently announced its plans to modify federal overtime exemptions while the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is persistent in its attempts to expand the scope of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
The compliance challenges are even intensified when different jurisdictions from various regions are compared. Indeed, businesses should review their own practices to avoid falling under government scrutiny and changes should always be made carefully.
The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders to provide the audience with an in-depth discussion and analysis of the significant issues surrounding the International Labor & Employment Law in 2016 and Beyond. Speakers will share important insights into avoiding risks, and will review best compliance and enforcement practices in employment and labor law.
Key topics include:
- International Employment and Labor Law
- Data Protection
- Domestic and Cross-Border Litigation
- Compliance and Litigation Risks
- Best Compliance Practices
Richard I. Scharlat, Partner
- Establishing "Key Employment Policies" that reconcile laws, rules, and regulations across all jurisdictions in which the employer has operations. Company-wide Key Employment Policies provide executives, local supervisors, and employees with: (1) a common "top-down" culture; (2) consistent treatment of employees; and (3) more predictable policy enforcement outcomes.
- Navigating "Corporate Social Responsibilities" ("CSR"), especially in jurisdictions where governments do not afford standard protections is a dynamic challenge for global employers. CSR create a need for employers to take ethical, human rights, and environmental issues into account when establishing operations and policies around the world.
- Recruiting challenges in the global HR marketplace are growing. The competition for talent worldwide has become more intense, especially following the opening of the Chinese market. Among other strategies, multi-national companies are turning to different cutting edge technologies to get a competitive recruiting advantage.
Bonnie Puckett, Of Counsel
- Leave policies – sick time, PTO
- Conducting global investigations – employees in non US locations actions
- Multi-jurisdictional litigations aspects – restrictive covenants, unfair litigation, ex-pats
- Data protection is another possibility
Carson G. Burnham, Shareholder
- Corporate Compliance
- Strategies in Cross-Border Employment Litigation
Richard M. Reice, Partner
Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP
- Discrimination in the workplace
- Key differences between the US and its trading brethren.
Who Should Attend:
- Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Employee Benefits & Compensation Lawyers
- Compliance and Ethics Members
- HR Personnel
- Immigration Attorneys
- International Counsel
- Corporate Governance
- Executive Board Members
- Labor Counsel
- Multinational Companies
- Other Related/Interested Professionals or Organizations
Carson Burnham is the chair of the International Practice Group at Ogletree Deakins, a Labor and Employment firm with offices throughout the Americas (including Toronto and Mexico City) and Europe. Carson has extensive experience advising employers in how to resolve their international employment issues and structure global transactions in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The unique service-model of Ogletree’s International Practice Group developed by Carson sets it apart from most international firms, as she and her team deliver results beyond U.S. borders in the efficient, goal-oriented manner that U.S. clients expect from good lawyers. Carson regularly writes and speaks on all manner of topics important to multinational employers.
Carson Burnham is the chair of the International Practice Group at Ogletree Deakins, a Labor and Employment firm with offices …
Bonnie Puckett is Of Counsel with the International Practice Group at Ogletree Deakins, a Labor and Employment firm with offices throughout the Americas (including Toronto and Mexico City) and Europe. Bonnie advises clients on a broad range of global issues and problems arising under foreign laws. She drafts handbooks and corporate policies designed for worldwide as well as country-specific compliance, and manages investigations including audits of global employers’ contracts, policies, payroll practices, and job classifications. Bonnie also designs and executes mobility assignments, guiding employers through the process of structuring independent contractor arrangements, intercompany transfers, and opening foreign subsidiaries. Bonnie is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and focuses her practice on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.
Bonnie Puckett is Of Counsel with the International Practice Group at Ogletree Deakins, a Labor and Employment firm with offices …
Richard Reice is an experienced labor and employment law counselor and litigator with both law firm and in-house counsel experience. He has represented the interests of management and senior executives in differing industries, among them, finance, communications, staffing and healthcare. He was appointed Executive Vice President for Human Resources and L&E law for Frontier Telephone. Since leaving Frontier he has been a law firm L&E partner in private practice in New York City. He has considerable expertise and success in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and litigating employment discrimination and restrictive covenant/IP protection matters, both locally and nationwide.
Richard has tried numerous arbitration and federal and state court cases to verdict. He is a SDNY appointed mediator with extensive ADR expertise. Recently he litigated and obtained the first seizure order in the US under the Defend Trade Secrets Act.
Richard is the editor of the HNRK Restrictive Covenant Blog. He is a New York metro area super lawyer, and a member of the International Bar Association, the ABA, the NYSBA, the Federal Bar Counsel, and the Second Circuit Inn of Court.
Richard Reice is an experienced labor and employment law counselor and litigator with both law firm and in-house counsel experience. …
Richard Scharlat is a partner in Dentons' 425-member global Employment and Labor practice, and a member of its Steering Committee. Mr. Scharlat has 20 years’ experience in employment litigation defending management in many industries and in complex commercial litigation and class actions. Mr. Scharlat manages global employment projects for multinational companies all over the world, including key employment policies, contract issues, and data privacy concerns. Mr. Scharlat is a seasoned trial lawyer, having tried bench and jury cases in federal and state courts in numerous jurisdictions in the United States, as well as arbitrations before FINRA and American Arbitration Association panels. He also regularly handles matters before the New York Division of Human Rights and the New Jersey Department of Labor.
Mr. Scharlat has substantial experience in advising and counseling companies and executives on employment and labor issues, and in dealing with equal employment, diversity and discrimination counseling. He has a particularly deep background with employment issues in the health care field and with skilled nursing facilities.
Mr. Scharlat also has significant experience defending management in trade secret litigation, employee poaching/raiding cases, employment contract negotiations, executive compensation, restrictive covenant disputes and unfair competition matters.
Richard Scharlat is a partner in Dentons' 425-member global Employment and Labor practice, and a member of its Steering Committee. …
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About Ogletree Deakins
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has over 750 attorneys located in 49 offices across the United States and Canada, in Europe, and in Mexico. Ogletree Deakins has been named a Law Firm of the Year five consecutive years by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” In 2016, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Employment Law - Management category. In addition to handling labor and employment law matters, the firm has thriving practices focused on business immigration, employee benefits, and workplace safety and health law. Ogletree Deakins represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies. Our specialty is advising clients operating worldwide and offering cross-border solutions to key challenges of managing a global workforce.
About Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP
Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney was founded in 1996 by senior trial lawyers dedicated to using their decades of big firm litigation experience to represent clients faced with sophisticated and demanding legal issues effectively and responsively in a collegial small firm setting. Because we have maintained our focus, we have attracted important matters for significant clients throughout the world as well as excellent lawyers to join us.
Our firm is known internationally for expertise in commercial litigation, employment law, partnership disputes, and banking, letter of credit law and defense of business crimes and government investigations. Other areas of substantive expertise include litigation involving insurance coverage, financial institutions, products liability, intellectual property, real estate, entertainment, internet and computer law, environmental law, construction disputes and contested trusts and estates matters.
On the model of British barristers, we act as litigation counsel for clients referred to us by other lawyers who know us from personal experience or by reputation within the Bar. Our lawyers have extensive trial and appellate experience and have been successful at every level of the federal and state courts in New York and many other jurisdictions, and in numerous arbitrations, mediations and administrative proceedings.
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