WLA Employment Practice Group

Finest employment lawyers acting for employers and employees, bring a depth of experience and creativity to help you solve issues that arise during an employment relationship.

WLA employment group stands out for work across a wide range of sectors including financial services, advertising, fashion, sport and charities.

Whether you are negotiating a golden handshake or a difficult exit, we commit to getting you the best deal in every case. The employment litigation team acts for global employers and top-tier executives, helping them to get the best from their working relationship. Where disputes arise we think tactically, creating a strategy to defend our client’s needs using our extensive knowledge of employment law.

Trusted advice to employers and employees

employers call on us for everything from advice on contracts to crisis management when wrongdoing by an employee is discovered. Our solutions are creative and commercial:

Global reach

With our employment attorneys qualified in jurisdictions around the world, we are well placed to help senior executives and employers with cross-border matters.

As a full-service firm, we can also call on colleagues to help with associated matters including tax, pensions, regulatory issues and reputation management.

Employers worldwide need timely legal advice on preventative risk counselling, labour relations, union avoidance and compliance issues. They are also required to stay abreast of increasingly complex country, local, state and federal employment laws. The WLA Employment Practice Group advises on all aspects of employment law and litigation anywhere in the world. Practitioners cover all global jurisdictions and have tried cases in country, state and federal courts and tribunals. Many members regularly arbitrate employment matters. To keep up to date on emerging legal developments, clients and contacts are welcome to join the group’s regular webinars on topical employment law issues.

Today’s increasingly global market is fast changing, competitive and pressurized, and for many in-house employment counsel and human resources teams within multinational businesses, it is becoming more important than ever to look for external support in managing global employment legal risks, and to build compliance strategies for both mature and developing markets.

Managing those risks becomes ever tougher for those overseeing multiple jurisdictions, who have to contend with not only myriad laws and regulatory requirements, but also distinct differences in cultural approach.

The WLA Advantage

It can be tempting for a globally integrated business to look to develop a single, unified, solution to such challenges, but the danger with such an approach is that it may fail to take account of local cultural sensitivities and social expectations. Custom and practice does not always translate easily across borders.

The WLA employment law team provides fast, proactive and practical legal support. Approachable and commercially aware, our specialists across the globe have in-depth experience of the issues faced by businesses in their respective jurisdictions when managing staff.

Areas of focus

Labor negotiations, collective bargaining, and union organizing
Hiring, discipline, and terminations
Compensation and benefits
Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
Employment contracts
Non-competes, trade secrets, and non-disclosure agreements
Wage and hour
ERISA and pensions
OSHA
Immigration
Privacy, social media, and other workplace policies