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Employment & Pensions

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For your business to be successful, the relationship with your employees as well as your employee representatives such as works councils and unions is crucial. Employment and pension law in Europe is complex and, at times, contradictory, whether you are dealing with salary packages, employment contracts, equal opportunities and restrictive covenants or restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.

European directives, European court decisions, national laws, local cases and precedent must all be taken into account by your management team.

Our 280-strong group of sector specialists in Employment & Pensions law in Europe and beyond can help you navigate the maze of HR regulations, their practical application and other legal complexities you must contend with on a daily basis.

If your business crosses borders, you will be faced with additional legal hurdles before achieving the outcome you need.

With a global network covering 33 countries, we can help solve your problems across all the jurisdictions in which you operate or plan to operate - whether your issue relates to employment contracts, pension schemes, redundancies, M&A, collective labour law, social security or litigation.

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    Expat Desk

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

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    04 Apr 19
    Bel­gi­um passes Brexit act, cov­ers em­ploy­ment & so­cial se­cur­ity is­sues
    On 28 March 2019, the Bel­gian par­lia­ment passed the Brexit Act, which aims to tem­por­ar­ily deal with the con­sequences of a pos­sible Hard Brexit and con­tains the fol­low­ing meas­ures in the field of em­ploy­ment law and so­cial se­cur­ity law: The right of res­id­ence ...
    21 Mar 19
    EU and Bel­gi­um pass laws pro­tect­ing UK ex­pat and EU cit­izen's rights...
    In a bid to tackle the con­sequences of a pos­sible Hard Brexit on EU na­tion­als liv­ing in the UK and UK na­tion­als liv­ing on the con­tin­ent, on 22 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the Com­mit­tee of Per­man­ent Rep­res­ent­at­ives in the EU (Coreper) ap­proved a draft reg­u­la­tion on es­tab­lish­ing...
    June 2019
    CMS Em­ploy­ment & Pen­sions Glob­al Bro­chure

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    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Gov­ern­ment Sup­port for Em­ploy­ers...
    14 Apr 20
    EU gov­ern­ments re­spond­ing with dy­nam­ic meas­ures to sup­port em­ploy­ees...
    Con­fron­ted with the pro­spect of eco­nom­ic col­lapse in re­sponse to both the pan­dem­ic and re­stric­tions put in place to pro­tect cit­izens (e.g. quar­ant­ines, shop clos­ures, and re­stric­tions on travel), gov­ern­ments...
    November 2019
    CMS On your radar | Is­sue 11
    Key em­ploy­ment is­sues world­wide
    27 Mar 20
    Man­aging clin­ic­al tri­als un­der COV­ID-19: New EU guid­ance is­sued for...
    The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had a dra­mat­ic im­pact on European health sys­tems, whose pri­or­ity first and fore­most is the treat­ment of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from this dis­ease both in the in-pa­tient and out-pa­tient...
    June 2019
    CMS Em­ploy­ment & Pen­sions Glob­al Bro­chure
    06 Mar 20
    Coronavir­us – Pro­tect­ing against sup­ply chain dis­rup­tion when ship­ping...
    De­vel­op­ing a sup­ply chain re­sponse to the coronavir­us out­break in­volves be­ing ready be­fore such a crisis hits. Al­though the long-term con­sequences are yet to play out, the coronavir­us out­break already...
    05 Mar 20
    Coronavir­us and the GDPR – pri­vacy ad­vice for com­pan­ies
    When in­tro­du­cing meas­ures for em­ploy­ees, vis­it­ors and con­tract­ors to re­spond to the coronavir­us threat, com­pan­ies must choose pro­ced­ures that min­im­ise both the risk of in­fec­tion and pri­vacy non-com­pli­ance....
    04 Mar 20
    Coronavir­us - key con­sid­er­a­tions for em­ploy­ers world­wide
    The situ­ation with Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) is still de­vel­op­ing and is be­ing fol­lowed world­wide with great in­terest and ob­vi­ous con­cern. In this brief­ing, we con­sider some of the key is­sues that em­ploy­ers...
    23 Dec 19
    A new EU op­er­a­tion­al re­si­li­ence frame­work for cy­ber se­cur­ity?
    Our re­cent Law-Now art­icle dis­cussed the FCA, PRA and Bank of Eng­land con­sulta­tions on im­prov­ing fin­an­cial sta­bil­ity in the UK mar­kets through op­er­a­tion­al re­si­li­ence. Con­tinu­ing this theme, but now from...
    05 Nov 19
    Whis­tleblow­ing Dir­ect­ive ad­op­ted by the EU Coun­cil
    On 7 Oc­to­ber 2019, the EU Coun­cil ap­proved the word­ing of the "Dir­ect­ive of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on the pro­tec­tion of per­sons who re­port breaches of Uni­on law", also known as the...
    30 Oct 19
    EU auto in­dustry turns to 'ac­quis­i­tion and hir­ing' to build com­pet­it­ive...
    In the mod­ern era, di­git­al­isa­tion is dis­rupt­ing es­tab­lished busi­ness mod­els and the auto­mot­ive in­dustry is no ex­cep­tion. In or­der to stay com­pet­it­ive, auto­makers must ad­apt to the chal­lenges of elec­tric...
    07 Aug 19
    Singa­pore Con­ven­tion on Me­di­ation signed by 46 coun­tries at open­ing...
    This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation,...