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European HR - managing multi-jurisdictional projects

Who should attend

This course is aimed at HR professionals and in-house lawyers with responsibility for employment law issues in Europe. It is assumed that each delegate will have a basic understanding of employment law in their home jurisdiction and awareness of restructuring issues, including TUPE and large-scale redundancies.


Managing teams of people is challenging at the best of times. Working across European borders in multiple jurisdictions is even more difficult due to cultural and legal differences. Heavily regulated employment law regimes that differ significantly in their approach can also pose additional challenges, particularly in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the severe impact it is having on economies across the globe.

Day 1 considers strategic and practical issues that international HR professionals encounter with contract and policy issues. We explain when HR and legal can support managers’ desire for harmonised terms and conditions and when they cannot. Experts from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK explain the extent to which mandatory laws limit contractual freedom and discuss key differences between the jurisdictions regarding contract terms and approach to HR policies.

Day 2 considers strategic and practical issues that international HR professionals need to consider when planning and implementing a restructuring, which affects employees in different countries, each with different information and consultation requirements. Experts from Germany, UK, France, the Netherlands and Italy explain the major pitfalls, how to avoid them, and how to use a project management approach to co-ordinate and ensure consistent HR practice and manage risk.


Please note that our course programme will run over two days from 15:00 to 18:00 (GMT).

The course fee for the full course (31 January and 2 February 2023) is £475 (plus VAT) . Alternatively you can elect to attend the virtual session on Day 1 or Day 2 only. The 'day only' fee is £260 (plus VAT).

Day 1 - Harmonisation and local differences

15:00 start; 18:00 close

Harmonising HR practice across Europe: the challenges

  • employment law in Europe: common themes but the devil is in the detail
  • which national law applies?: limits on your choice of law
  • comparative look at some key terms in employment contracts
  • pan-European handbooks - what is achievable?"
Pan-European policies and handbooks: the pros and cons

Day 2 - Restructuring and redundancies

15:00 start; 18:00 close

The European legal framework relevant to reorganisations

Overview of key areas of difference in law and practice relating to organisational change in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, including:

  • collective labour law: the players
  • information and consultation requirements
  • timings and costs
  • individual issues: fairness of dismissal, special protected categories
  • risks and penalties
Managing cross-border HR projects
*Please note that a comfort break will be provided approximately half way through each day's course to allow delegates to take a short break from their screens.


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