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European HR: cross-border employment law

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 is even more difficult due to cultural and legal differences.

This course considers strategic and practical issues that international HR professionals encounter, from methods to cut costs and improve business performance to contract and policy issues. We explain when HR and legal can support managers’ desire for harmonised terms and conditions and when they cannot. We also show how to organise 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.


9.00am registration and coffee, 9.30am start

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
  • impact of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs)
  • the curse of variety: comparison of some key T&Cs:
    • restrictive covenants
    • typical benefits and bonuses
    • PILON and garden leave
    • family-friendly rights

Pan-European policies and handbooks – the pros and cons

  • how common is it to have an employee handbook?
  • what goes where?: CBA, contract, works council agreement, policy
  • which policies to use
  • works council involvement

Key issues in cross-border 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

  • getting buy-in from local management
  • the information you need and how to obtain it
  • central planning, local implementation
  • communication strategies

4.30pm close

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European HR: Cross-border employment law training


Lizzie Field- Principal Associate, Eversheds London
Lizzie has experience of acting for defendants in claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract, unlawful deductions from wages and high value whistle-blowing claims.
Anique Bitterlich - Principal Associate, Eversheds Amsterdam
Anique advises on the employment law consequences of national and cross-border transactions and on matters covering both employment law and corporate law.

Constanze Moorhouse  - Rechtsanwältin & Solicitor, Partner, Eversheds London
Constanze is a dual-qualified German and English employment lawyer which gives her a rare insight into the practical issues encountered by employers in cross-border projects. A secondment to a major multinational business gave her extra experience of the challenges faced by in-house counsel in international roles.

Augustin Gaujal - Associate, Eversheds Paris
Augustin's field of intervention is French employment law. He assists French and international clients on various employment issues including collective employment relations (employees' representatives relationships, restructuring, working time, etc) and individual employment relations (employment contracts, disciplinary procedures, terminations of employment contracts, etc).

Valentina Pomares - Partner, Eversheds Milan
Valentina represents Italian and international clients in both contentious and non-contentious employment and social security matters. She has particular experience in mergers and acquisitions, transfers and other business restructurings as well as executive reward and secondments.

Marcello Floris - Partner, Eversheds Milan
Marcello acquired a specific and extensive experience in handling of litigation in labour law matters before district and higher courts and drafting of legal opinions on all kind of labour law legal matters. He assists companies rated among the major industrial, commercial and insurance Italian companies. Marcello also developed a significant experience in national and international contractual matters, both in Italian and English. He is a lecturer in University and regularly publishes articles on economical and juridical newspapers and HR reviews.

Cost: £499

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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09:30 - 16:30 (Local time)
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