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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.


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.


9.00am registration and coffee, 09.30 am 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

Download the full European HR: Cross-border employment law training course programme.

European HR: Cross-border employment law training


Speaker details can be found in the PDF flyer.

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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