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Employment & Pensions

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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22/09/2021
Em­ploy­ment ter­min­a­tion law and le­gis­la­tion 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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07/09/2021
Gender pay: What’s needed to make equal­ity a real­ity?
A CMS We­bin­ar on Tues­day 21 Septem­ber will ex­plore what so­ci­ety and busi­nesses need to do to close the on­go­ing dis­par­ity in men and wo­men’s pay. Did you know that 18 Septem­ber 2021 is UN Equal Pay Day?...
12/08/2021
Im­port­ant con­sulta­tion on clas­si­fic­a­tion, la­belling and pack­aging of sub­stances...
Over­view Un­til 15 Novem­ber 2021 the European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) is con­sult­ing on pro­posed re­vi­sions to Reg­u­la­tion (EC) 1272/2008 on the clas­si­fic­a­tion, la­belling and pack­aging of sub­stances...
26/07/2021
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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13/07/2021
Fu­ture of Work
This guide helps you find an­swers to es­sen­tial ques­tions about mo­bile work­ing.
07/07/2021
COV­ID-19 travel re­stric­tions for non-EU cit­izens in Bul­garia
1. Re­quire­ments for entry from EU and non-EU coun­tries The cur­rent Or­din­ance of the Min­istry of Health (Or­din­ance РД-01-416/04.06.2021) is val­id from 5 June 2021 un­til 31 Ju­ly 2021. There is no in­form­a­tion...
11/06/2021
How can busi­nesses pro­tect their trade secrets in a hy­brid work­ing world?
As the num­ber of people vac­cin­ated against COV­ID-19 stead­ily in­creases, many em­ploy­ers are start­ing to turn their minds to a re­turn to the work­place. However, it’s un­likely that we will be re­turn­ing...
08/06/2021
Trade secrets 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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01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
10/05/2021
The Fu­ture is Now: The New World of Work in Bul­garia
As a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic and meas­ures put in place in re­sponse, coun­tries around the world – in­clud­ing Bul­garia – have ad­op­ted new in­nov­a­tions in the area of em­ploy­ment in a bid to keep...
20/04/2021
COV­ID-19 vac­cin­a­tion and test­ing in Bul­garia - em­ploy­ment law per­spect­ive
Vac­cin­a­tion 1. What op­tions does the em­ploy­er have to en­cour­age em­ploy­ees to be vac­cin­ated? Can the em­ploy­er provide a fin­an­cial in­cent­ive to em­ploy­ees?  The em­ploy­er may provide in­form­a­tion and raise...
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18/03/2021
CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack
Have you heard about the latest de­vel­op­ments in em­ploy­ment law? Mod­ern work­ing en­vir­on­ments are lead­ing to un­pre­ced­en­ted chal­lenges and the pan­dem­ic also con­ducts fre­quent and rap­id changes to la­bour law.   In our we­bin­ar series CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack – the name says it all – you can find out how to best deal with the nu­mer­ous em­ploy­ment law is­sues in ap­peal­ingly presen­ted and di­gest­ible por­tions. Our em­ploy­ment law ex­perts provide fre­quent in­form­a­tion here on everything you need to be aware of. We not only keep an eye on the leg­al situ­ation in Aus­tria but also on CEE jur­is­dic­tions.  The fol­low­ing epis­odes of our CMS Em­ploy­ment Snacks are cur­rently avail­able – we hope you en­joy listen­ing: