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
Privacy, social media, and other workplace policies