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Countries Implement New Gender Pay Gap Measures

This past year, multiple countries enacted new laws aimed at reducing gender pay disparity. Although it has long been illegal in many countries to pay women less than men, a noticeable gender pay gap has persisted. The laws described below demonstrate that countries are now attempting bolder and more innovative strategies toward reaching true pay … Continue Reading

The right to disconnect: a new right for French employees?

A new law, called El Khomri law, passed on August 8th, 2016 in France providing a right to disconnect for employees. Such right is entered into force on January 1st, 2017 According to the law, it belongs to the employers and the unions to negotiate this new right to determine its modalities of application and … Continue Reading

In The Netherlands And France: Can You Get Away With Insulting Your Boss On Social Media?

This article has been written in cooperation with Stibbe Amsterdam: Judica Krikke and Friederike van der Jagt In France, judges consider that the answer to this question depends on the parameters of the employee’s profile on Facebook. In a decision of April 10, 2013, the French Supreme Court ruled that when insulting comments are shared on … Continue Reading

Tips for Setting Employees’ Salaries and Benefits for Multinational Companies

Setting the correct salary is never easy and is more an art than a science.  In the current economic climate the market fluctuates according to industry, geographical location, budgetary constraints and a whole host of other market forces.  To help keep you focused, here are 5 tips for setting salaries in France, the UK and … Continue Reading

Promotion de la Diversité sur le Lieu de Travail

SEMINAIRE – Mercredi 21 mars 2013 Le 21 mars dernier, le Bureau de Paris a organisé un séminaire ayant pour thème la diversité sur le lieu de travail, et s’intéressant plus précisément aux obligations légales en vigueur en France, au Royaume-Uni, aux Etats-Unis et en Allemagne, ainsi qu’aux bonnes pratiques recensées dans chacun de ces … Continue Reading

ALJ Applies Villanueva Factors, Finds Overseas Employee’s Whistleblower Claim “Territorial”

In Dos Santos v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 2012-AIR-20 (ALJ Jan. 11, 2013), an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) examined whether the facts alleged by the complainant required a territorial or extraterritorial application of one of the whistleblowing statutes enforced by the DOL.  This blog posting summarizes the ALJ’s decision and … Continue Reading

About the National Agreement Reached by Unions in France: Is French Labor Law Becoming More Flexible? Is the French Labor Code Revolutionized?

Over the past 2 years, several European countries, like Spain or the UK, have decided to simplify and lighten their labor and employment regulations to enable their companies to compete with emerging markets and to face the economic crisis. In France, the Government has opted not to unilaterally modify the law but to give the employees’ and … Continue Reading

Workplace bullying, mobbing and harassment – a global hot topic

Around the world, the issue of bullying, mobbing and harassment at work is one which is attracting more and more attention, both in the media and through legal developments which are increasingly protective towards employees.  The growing worldwide prominence of this issue means it is more important than ever for multinational businesses to have global … Continue Reading

International workplace dispute practices: key concepts for today’s global employers

Increasingly, companies with operations or employees in more than one country are exposed to the risk of court proceedings in a foreign jurisdiction and the unfamiliar practices and procedures arising out of overseas litigation. Naturally, a flurry of questions arises: Can we arbitrate? Must mediation be pursued? How long will the process take? Understanding the … Continue Reading

Mobile Executives and International Assignments: A Cross-Border Perspective

SEMINAR – Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Program: Assigning employees overseas is an increasingly important consideration for international businesses. In our globalized world, there is a growing perception that geography cannot operate as a barrier to placing the right talent into the right job. Indeed, for many global businesses, spending time abroad and having first-hand experience of overseas … Continue Reading

Bullying, Harassment and Stress in the Workplace — A European Perspective

SEMINAR – Tuesday, December 6, 2011 Program: Bullying, harassment and stress in the workplace is becoming increasingly prevalent. Employers must be ever-more vigilant to prevent unwanted conduct that damages morale, increases staff turnover and exposes businesses to liability. During this panel session we compared the U.S. and European positions, looking at: The legal framework in … Continue Reading

The French Supreme Court Imposes an Obligation To Monitor the Working Days of Management-Level Employees

The French Supreme Court recently rendered a widely publicized decision which restates strict rules that employers must comply with to avoid the payment of overtime to employees whose work hours cannot be predetermined. Following this decision, French-based companies will have to check carefully that the working hours of management- level employees comply with the obligation … Continue Reading

Social Networks in the Workplace Around the World – L’utilisation des réseaux sociaux sur le lieu de travail : perspectives internationales comparées

SURVEY – July 2011 The business world continues to witness the ongoing and rapid proliferation in the use of social media at work. This, in turn, has left companies (as well as the courts) grappling to figure out how or whether rules regarding workplace confidentiality, loyalty, privacy and monitoring apply to these new forums. Proskauer’s … Continue Reading

International Employment Litigation Issues

Proskauer’s International Labor and Employment Group participated to the National Foreign Trade Council conference held in New York on July 15, 2011, at the Annual International Human Resources Management Forum: International Employment Litigation Issues Daniel Ornstein, Partner, London Betsy Plevan, Partner, New York Yasmine Tarasewicz, Partner, Paris SEMINAR: International Employment Litigation Issues    … Continue Reading

Privacy and Social Networking in the Worplace: France, Germany and the UK

WEBINAR – Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Issues Covered: Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and the rest of the new social networking media have revolutionized the ways employees communicate with each other, but have left employers struggling to figure out how or whether rules regarding workplace confidentiality, loyalty, privacy and monitoring apply to these new forums. For multinational employers, … Continue Reading

Resolution of Workplace Disputes around the World

SEMINAR – Thursday, April 7, 2011 Program: As workforces become increasingly global, it is crucial for employers to be aware of the different ways that workplace disputes are resolved in different countries. Proskauer’s International Labor & Employment Group invites clients and friends to attend an overview of global workplace dispute resolution. The speakers from our … Continue Reading

French Supreme Court Invalidates Agreement between Employers Not to Solicit Each Other’s Employees

In Europe, the validity of post-employment noncompete covenants is generally viewed with great suspicion by the courts and legislatures. Thus, in France, Spain and Germany, an employee’s agreement not to compete with a former employer is often rejected as an infringement of the principle of freedom of occupation. Similarly, in the United Kingdom, the noncompete … Continue Reading
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