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The Global View - Managing an International Workforce

The challenges of managing an international workforce in this crisis-stricken era are as great as they have ever been.

Employers need a consistent approach coupled with high quality local knowledge.  We work with our clients to manage their employment law needs globally. Lewis Silkin is the UK, Irish and Hong Kong member of Ius Laboris, the leading international employment law practice providing best-in-class coverage in over 50 countries.

Our one-stop global employment, immigration and reward advisory service is uniquely well placed to assist you, bringing together high-quality advice and expertise in every major jurisdiction. From world-leading multinationals to domestically focused businesses with just a handful of overseas staff, whatever your employment law needs around the world are, we can help. 

Our international event series is aimed at in house counsel, HR practitioners at all levels, and anyone else with responsibilities for dealing with an international workforce. 

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If there are any topics that you would like us to cover in our international event series please let us know.

Register now for the following sessions:

EMA roundtable

EMEA Club discussion forum: Covid 19 – Vaccination and the impact on the workplace

18 March 2021

With programmes now underway in many countries, what will the impact of vaccination be on the global workplace? How far can employers go in insisting that its employees take the jab, and what action might it take if an employee refuses? Can an employer impose a requirement that employees inform them once they have been vaccinated? And what about third parties who attend an employer’s premises? Can employers insist that they have been vaccinated?

World of employment law

The world of employment law: a year in review

04 February 2021

Despite not being able to gather in person for our 17th annual Managing an International Workforce conference, we will still be presenting our highly rated annual round up of key developments in global employment law in a virtual format on 4 February.

Coming up...

Managing an international workforce

Managing an International Workforce conference

16 June 2021

We’re moving our market leading Managing an International Workforce conference, attended each year by over 300 delegates from around the world, from February to June next year.

round up of employment law

APAC: Round up of employment law

13 May 2021

We’ll look at the latest developments in employment law across the Asia Pacific region as well as looking to what’s on the horizon for the year ahead.

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Home and away – when ‘working from home’ means working abroad

29 October 2020

Covid-19 is causing many employees to ask if they can work from “home” for an extended period in an overseas country - for example, because it is their home nation or their family is based there. This article explains the potential legal issues and how to avoid the traps.

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Life’s a beach? Working remotely from Barbados

12 August 2020

Barbados has announced a new scheme designed to encourage overseas individuals to relocate there and work remotely. What issues arise for employers if their employees want to do this?


International requirements for employers when lifting restrictions during Covid-19

13 July 2020

Every country is experiencing different rates and peaks of Covid-19, but as many start to ease restrictions, international employers may need to adopt multiple strategies for returning to places of work, based on the government guidance in each jurisdiction.

Recording working time in Europe: a risk heatmap

14 November 2019

Employers across Europe are facing the challenge of responding to a recent European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruling on time-recording obligations. We’ve drawn up a heatmap to show, at a glance, the differing levels of risk across the European Union.

Green politics and employment law

30 October 2019

This study of the impact of Green politics on global employment law is based on a survey of 13 jurisdictions. It was produced in collaboration with Ius Laboris member firms in those countries.

Populism and employment law

02 September 2019

This study of the impact of the recent emergence of ‘populist’ political parties on global employment law is based on a survey of 11 jurisdictions where populism is assessed to be a significant political force. It was produced in collaboration with Ius Laboris member firms in those countries.

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