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Central and Eastern European employment law short courses - (Poland, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Russia, Romania)

Who should attend

These short virtual Central and Eastern European employment law courses are relevant to international HR managers and directors, and in-house employment lawyers who have responsibility for employees in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Russia, Poland and Romania. It will also be useful to managers and directors who anticipate entering the CEE market, and who need to be aware of their responsibilities to their people.


These Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries have distinctive employment law frameworks which an increasing number of HR practitioners and inhouse lawyers must come to terms with. You can choose during the booking process to attend the jurisdictions that are relevant to you and your organisation.

These short virtual courses provide an introduction to the employment laws of six CEE countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Russia. Experienced experts, who are used to advising employers from Western Europe and the USA, will explain features of their legal system.

You will have the ability to select which of these courses you would like to attend as you go through the registration process.

Delegates will gain an insight into:

  • overview of the most important current employment issues
  • common mistakes and misunderstandings by managers
  • cultural issues and differences in expectations
  • insight into the life on the ground - the difference between the law and reality

All the courses start at 14.00 (GMT) and finish at 16:00 (GMT) with the exception of the Czech Republic and Slovakia virtual course which will start 1 hour earlier at 13:00 and the course fee is £225 +VAT for this course.

10 February 2022 - CEE - employment law in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Formerly a single country, the Czech and Slovak employment laws have drifted apart since the 90's, while keeping many similar concepts. Similarities include vigorous protection of employees as the weaker party, strict formalities for hiring and difficult terminations with a risk of reinstatement and substantial compensation for the employee.

22 February 2022 - CEE - employment law in Russia

Russian employment law is highly regulated, overly formalistic and slow to change with a changing world. Labor disputes are not uncommon for large and small employers alike. Procedural precision from the moment a company is incorporated is critical. Russian laws are not impacted by directives of the European Union. Specific problems may arise when HR is not managed locally. HR management requires a deep knowledge of local rules. Employees in Russia are highly protected and unfair dismissal claims can, and do, result in compulsory reinstatement and awards of salary for all the time the case was in court.

26 May 2022 - CEE - employment law in Poland

While Polish employment law presents various challenges for employers in some areas, it is relatively straightforward in other areas. For example the employers may face difficulties in scope of organisation of working time, but dismissals may appear less problematic than in other neighbouring jurisdictions, as long as certain formal requirements are met.

8 June 2022 - CEE - employment law in Romania

Romanian employment law is the product of constant changes made over the years in order to establish equilibrium between the power of union organisations and the power of the employers. This has proven a hard task. As a result, Romanian legislation has both pro-employee regulations, being one of few that establishes the mandatory reinstatement of wrongfully dismissed employees, allowing the union federations to participate in collective negotiations at the company level, as well as pro-employer regulations limiting the right to strike for employees under collective agreements.

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