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Employment is a rapidly developing area of regulation in CEE. Our employment specialists in the region can work in partnership with your legal and human resources teams to provide advice on all key aspects of employment law, employee pension arrangements and employee benefit schemes. This is a complex area of law with, at times contradictory, rules established by EU and national legislation. Having been at the forefront of changes to legislation in these areas in several countries in the region, CMS lawyers have a unique grasp of the issues to provide practical and commercial strategies and solutions for your business.

If your business crosses borders, you have to contend with a complex framework of employment in order to achieve the best outcome for your business. With a global network covering 39 countries, we can help you address these challenges in all the countries in which you operate. We advise clients across jurisdictions in relation to employment and executive contracts, pension schemes, employee benefit programmes, restructuring, employment disputes, employment aspects of M&A transactions, works council and trade union relations.  A 280-strong group of employment specialists worldwide can help you navigate a maze of regulations, policy documents and other legal complexities you face on a daily basis.

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Expat Desk
Our specialists at the CMS Expat Desk provide cross-border advice to (global) companies about international employees, also known as "expats". The pro

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16/01/2023
Use of out­sourced IT per­son­nel in Cent­ral and East­ern Europe
While Europe is the re­gion most im­pacted by the on­go­ing war in Ukraine, IT ser­vice mar­kets in Cent­ral and East­ern Europe (CEE) are ex­pec­ted to con­tin­ue to grow by nearly 6% and 7% in 2022 and 2023 re­spect­ively...
23/12/2022
EIOPA re­leases an­nu­al re­port on sanc­tions un­der IDD in 2021
On 20 Decem­ber, the European In­sur­ance and Oc­cu­pa­tion­al Pen­sions Au­thor­ity (EIOPA) re­leased the an­nu­al re­port on sanc­tions im­posed by na­tion­al com­pet­ent au­thor­it­ies un­der the In­sur­ance Dis­tri­bu­tion Dir­ect­ive...
26/01/2023
Cost-cut­ting and re­struc­tur­ing in times of crisis
A tough glob­al eco­nom­ic out­look is driv­ing many em­ploy­ers to re­view their op­er­a­tion­al costs. Across busi­nesses, hard ques­tions are be­ing asked about where ef­fi­cien­cies can be made – and ul­ti­mately what...
02/11/2022
Whis­tleblower pro­tec­tion and re­port­ing chan­nels in Bul­garia
1. Is there a law on whis­tleblow­ing in your coun­try? There is cur­rently no spe­cif­ic law on whis­tleblow­ing trans­posed in­to the Bul­gari­an le­gis­la­tion. As far as it ex­ists, the reg­u­la­tion is in­con­sist­ent...
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19/10/2022
Bul­garia im­mig­ra­tion and travel re­quire­ments for refugees from Ukraine
The in­form­a­tion is cur­rently ac­cur­ate as at 31 March. | Наразі інформація точна станом на 31 березня. 1. Do I need a visa to enter this jur­is­dic­tion? | Чи потрібна...
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06/10/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Dis­missals and Ter­min­a­tion of Em­ploy­ment in Bul­garia
1. Dis­missal of em­ploy­ees 1.1 Reas­ons for dis­missal An em­ploy­ment con­tract can be ter­min­ated at any time by an em­ploy­ee with no­tice, without hav­ing to jus­ti­fy the ter­min­a­tion. In some cases (ex­haust­ively...
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02/08/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial...
Part 4 - Ex­pec­ted im­pact of the EU Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Reg­u­la­tion, the meta­verse as a work­place In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. The emer­gence...
27/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the...
Part 3 - Data pro­tec­tion chal­lenges, the im­port­ance of cy­ber­se­cur­ity, ad­vert­ising reg­u­la­tion in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world...
19/07/2022
Leg­al is­sues in the meta­verse / Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs...
Part 2 - Trade­marks and copy­right, NFTs and civil law prin­ciples in the meta­verse In our first art­icle, we ex­amined the nature of the meta­verse, the shared vir­tu­al world. In the meta­verse, trade in vir­tu­al...
07/06/2022
Trade secret laws and reg­u­la­tions in Bul­garia
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
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01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
26/05/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...