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European HR - harmonising terms and conditions

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.


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 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 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.

Delegates will gain an insight into

  • aspects of employment law in France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands; and comparison with the UK/Germany
  • common ‘Euro-HR’ pitfalls and some of the less common ones
  • practical and tactical considerations around multi-jurisdictional HR projects
  • an insight into how cultural differences may impact on implementation of a European HR strategy
  • pan-European policies and harmonisation of terms and conditions: what is achievable?


15:00 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

18:00 close

*Please note that a comfort break will be provided approximately half way through the course to allow delegates to take a short break from their screens. 

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Cost: £225

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 10%

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Virtual online course
15:00 - 18:00 (Local time)

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