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Puerto Rico Heading Towards At-Will Employment

On May 30, 2018, the Puerto Rican Senate voted in favor of overturning an Act that provided significant protections to Puerto Rican employees. The repeal would roll back the current law, Act No. 80, which prohibits employees from being terminated without just cause, thus making it significantly easier for employers to terminate employees. Currently, private … Continue Reading

EU Advocate General Holds that Certain Forms of Indirect Religious Discrimination Could be Justified

On May 31, 2016, the Advocate General (“AG”) of the European Court of Justice issued its opinion in a case relating to a Muslim employee wearing a headscarf at work. In the case, Samira Achbita v. G4S Secure Solutions NV, Case C-157/15, the AG stated that a neutral policy prohibiting employees from wearing visible religious … Continue Reading

Further Insights: How the Recent Barbulescu Decision Impacts Employers in Europe and the United States

Last month, we blogged about the much discussed ECHR Barbulescu opinion. (To review the implications of the case, please click here.) As a follow up, we wanted to provide further insights to multi-national employers about how this European decision compares to the position in the United States. Purple Communications, Inc.: the United States’ approach to … Continue Reading

EU Data Privacy Updates

A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: EU Data Protection Regulation On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of the justice ministers from each of the EU member states) reached an agreement on a draft data protection regulation, marking … Continue Reading

How Safe? – The Future of the US-EU Safe Harbor

The US-EU Safe Harbor has been back in the news recently as Germany’s data protection commissioners met at the end of January and expressed impatience at the delay in implementing what many view as necessary reforms to the program. The European Court of Justice also recently heard a challenge to Facebook’s reliance on the Safe … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Affirms No Extraterritorial Application For Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provision

This article is also authored by Steven J Pearlman and Harris M Mufson In Liu v. Siemens A.G., No. 13-cv-4385, 2014 WL 3953672 (2d Cir. Aug. 14, 2014), the Second Circuit affirmed that the anti-retaliation provision in Section 922 of Dodd-Frank does not apply extraterritorially.  This post examines the Court’s reasoning and the implications of this … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Finds No Protected Activity under SOX, Mum on Extraterritoriality

In Villanueva v. United States Department of Labor, No. 12-60122, 2014 WL 550817 (5th Cir. Feb. 12, 2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the petitioner had not engaged in protected activity under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) because he “blew the whistle” on alleged violations of Colombian tax … Continue Reading

Beware: When Sending Employees to the US: Business Visitors under Scrutiny

This article is also authored by Valarie H. McPherson Infosys to pay $34 million as part of settlement with US government for inappropriate use of the B-1 visa It has never been clear what activities are permitted while traveling to the US as a Business Visitor within the B-1 visa classification.  However, Infosys Corporation (“Infosys”) … 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

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

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 Data Privacy Law

Proskauer’s International Labor and Employment Group participated to the National Foreign Trade Council conference held in New York on July 14, 2011, at the Annual International Human Resources Management Forum: Data Privacy Issues in Cross-Border Employment Cécile Martin, Special International Labor & Employment Counsel, Paris Jeffrey D. Neuburger, Partner, New York SEMINAR: International Data Privacy … Continue Reading

Multinational Employers Face Multiple Facebook Rulings

Recent prosecutions by the National Labor Relations Board have the employer community all atwitter over the Board’s apparent social media policy. While social media law is too new and undeveloped to give a clear picture, the Labor Board’s approach appears to give employees broad latitude to disparage their employer on Facebook and similar social media … Continue Reading
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