Increasingly, businesses are employing staff across numerous countries or relying on a mobile global workforce. Economic and demographic factors are shaping this trend, including a growing global population but shrinking working age population; a scramble for talent in fast-growth regional and sector markets; a rising gig economy; a slow recovery of major economies; and an increase in cross-border migration. These market forces have spurred a growing demand for legal advice focused on the needs of global workplaces.
Our cross-jurisdictional and cross-disciplinary Global Employer Solutions® team includes hundreds of lawyers across the firm’s global platform who collaborate across borders and practices to provide efficient and consistent client service, regardless of location. We offer clients a single point of contact to access the global experience of lawyers throughout the firm, including in employment, workplace safety, immigration, benefits, tax, executive compensation, compliance, and investigations. Whether entering new markets, growing through acquisitions or mergers, or downsizing, we help global employers balance the competing demands of global operational needs and local laws and regulations.
As companies expand into new countries, they face increased exposure to workplace risk. It is critical for companies to understand the legal landscapes and cultural nuances specific to regions in which they operate in order to properly mitigate risk in cross-border transactions, ensure benefits compliance, and establish global personnel policies. With personnel expenses forming a significant portion of a global company’s total operating expenses, properly managing workplace risk is a critical business issue.
The lawyers in our Global Employer Solutions team deliver clear and focused solutions to employers in a multitude of challenging employment jurisdictions.
We assist our clients with employment matters such as immigration and visa issues for foreign employees, putting in place handbooks, employment and consultancy agreements, terminations and workforce restructurings, appropriate handling of industrial relations matters, risks analysis, mitigation and protection, employment due diligence as well as post-mergers/acquisitions integration issues.
Our comprehensive Global Employer Solutions are summed up below:
- Global employment strategies, including downsizing, acquisitions, and integrations
- Transactional due diligence and post-acquisition/merger integration
- Global executive mobility
- Global protection of confidential information and restraints
Contracts, Handbooks, and Advice
- Global contract harmonization projects
- Global employee handbooks
- Global minimum safety standards and policies
- Consultancy agreements
- International relocations
- Compensation structures
Benefits and Rewards Compliance
- Expatriate taxation and social security
- Cross-border employment compliance projects
- Cross-border safety compliance projects
- Anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance
Relocation and Immigration
- Visa applications
- Cross-border tax issues
- Immigration issues
- Document transfers
- Temporary and permanent employment visa options
- Secondment agreements