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Harmonisation of employment contracts and policies across Europe

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.

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.

This course considers strategic and practical issues that international HR professionals encounter with employment 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.


14:00 (UK time)


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

17:00 (UK time)


Please note that a short comfort break will be provided during the afternoon.

Cost: £275

All prices are exclusive of VAT

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virtual online course
14:00 - 17:00 (Local time)