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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 34 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.


Dismissals and Termination of Employment in Romania
1. Dismissal of employees 1.1 Reasons for dismissal There are two alternative sets of reasons for dismissing em­ploy­ees:lower-romanEm­ploy­ee-re­lated reasons: (1) in case of disciplinary misconduct (in...
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...
North Sea Strikes and Force Majeure
The latest in a series of strikes by oil & gas workers in the North Sea continues to test the operation and efficacy of force majeure (“FM”) provisions in oil and gas industry contracts.There is no...
Getting Brexit Done? The UK Retained EU Law and what it means for UK companies
If the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill is passed in its current form, nearly 50 years of EU-derived rules and regulations that had become part of the fabric of UK law across a wide range...
CMS Expert Guide to ESG Compensation
Incorporating ESG KPIs into directors’ remunerationThe urgent need to place sustainability at the heart of company strategy is inextricably linked to incentives provided to its directors and em­ploy­ees. This...
Listed companies will have to get balanced board of directors
Ten years after the first presentation of the proposal, the European Directive known as “Women on boards Directive” aiming at imposing a better balance between women and men among management positions...
UK regulator joins the global enforcement trend and warns employers to...
The overlap between employees’ rights and competition law has long been predicted by competition specialists. Cartel enforcement in labour market agreements became a fledgling activity of competition...
Romania immigration and travel requirements for refugees from Ukraine
1. Do I need a visa to enter this jurisdiction? | Чи потрібна мені віза для в’їзду в цю країну? English (дивиться текст українською нижче)An...
CJEU issues landmark ruling on DPO dismissals and conflicts of interest
On 9 February 2023, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a preliminary ruling in case C‑453/21 regarding the justified grounds for the dismissal of and the conflict of interests...
On your radar | Issue 20 | Key employment issues to be aware of internationally
Welcome to the first edition of On your radar for 2023, which highlights expected employment law developments over the year ahead.Changes range from big picture concepts around future ways of working...
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...
Romania enacts new whistleblowing law
On 22 December 2022, Law No. 361/2022 on the protection of whistleblowers in the public interest entered into force in Romania. This act transposes Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament...