EU Labor and Employment
EU Labor and Employment
Kelley Drye’s EU Labor and Employment lawyers understand the challenges of an international workforce.
From our offices in Brussels, Belgium, and New York, NY, Kelley Drye unites labor and employment lawyers from our teams in the EU and the United States, along with our global network of trusted counsel, to address our clients’ global employment law challenges wherever they arise.

Our lawyers bring a distinctly cross-border perspective to multinationals in the EU and beyond on employment law, regulation and compliance, employee benefits and incentives, global mobility, pensions, redundancies and reductions-in-force, and organized labor.  Because our clients are multinationals engaged in cross-border ventures, we provide EU employers of international workforces with pragmatic, cost-effective solutions to their global employment law needs, with an emphasis on reducing risk and maximizing employee relations.
 
  • Employment Regulations―The Kelley Drye team can assist with sector-specific regulations and policies.  We provide standard or tailor-made policy documents for employers including work rules, health and safety compliance, employee handbooks, privacy policies, e-mail and internet usage policies, employee car policies and disciplinary procedures.

  • Employment Agreements―We regularly address issues and claims involving employment agreements and specific terms of employment, standard or tailor-made work rules policy documents or employee handbooks, changes in the conditions of employment, and dismissals.  We conduct contractual negotiations when an employer is looking to appoint or dismiss an employee, seek judicial remedies such as injunctions and handle employee claims in court.

  • Compensation and Benefits―We provide compensation and benefits advice focused on identifying the right compensation and incentive arrangements, based on the personal targets of employees, broader company targets, or market-based targets.  The team assists clients with executive and all-employee benefit plans, pension plans and different forms of cash or stock-based remuneration.  Because our clients are often active in an international context, we have specific expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional arrangements and expatriate employees.

  • Global Mobility―Our team provides clients with guidance and assistance on immigration matters for the international movement and relocation of employees, and new hires to and between countries worldwide.

  • Dismissal-Related Issues―We provide guidance and assistance on all matters related to the dismissal of employees including: drafting termination letters and assisting in determining the applicable notice periods or compensations in lieu of notice; drafting settlement agreements; mediation and trade union communication; dismissals for cause; and collective redundancies.

  • Relocations, Collective Redundancies and Plant Closures―Relocations, collective redundancies and plant closures are all-important, sensitive and complex issues that require a dedicated team of managers assisted by experienced legal advisors.  Our attorneys assist right from the preparatory stages (identifying legal and non-legal issues, determining a strategy, assessment of time and costs) and guide clients through the entire implementation process.
 
 

Overview

Kelley Drye’s EU Labor and Employment lawyers understand the challenges of an international workforce.
From our offices in Brussels, Belgium, and New York, NY, Kelley Drye unites labor and employment lawyers from our teams in the EU and the United States, along with our global network of trusted counsel, to address our clients’ global employment law challenges wherever they arise.

Our lawyers bring a distinctly cross-border perspective to multinationals in the EU and beyond on employment law, regulation and compliance, employee benefits and incentives, global mobility, pensions, redundancies and reductions-in-force, and organized labor.  Because our clients are multinationals engaged in cross-border ventures, we provide EU employers of international workforces with pragmatic, cost-effective solutions to their global employment law needs, with an emphasis on reducing risk and maximizing employee relations.
 

Experience

  • Employment Regulations―The Kelley Drye team can assist with sector-specific regulations and policies.  We provide standard or tailor-made policy documents for employers including work rules, health and safety compliance, employee handbooks, privacy policies, e-mail and internet usage policies, employee car policies and disciplinary procedures.

  • Employment Agreements―We regularly address issues and claims involving employment agreements and specific terms of employment, standard or tailor-made work rules policy documents or employee handbooks, changes in the conditions of employment, and dismissals.  We conduct contractual negotiations when an employer is looking to appoint or dismiss an employee, seek judicial remedies such as injunctions and handle employee claims in court.

  • Compensation and Benefits―We provide compensation and benefits advice focused on identifying the right compensation and incentive arrangements, based on the personal targets of employees, broader company targets, or market-based targets.  The team assists clients with executive and all-employee benefit plans, pension plans and different forms of cash or stock-based remuneration.  Because our clients are often active in an international context, we have specific expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional arrangements and expatriate employees.

  • Global Mobility―Our team provides clients with guidance and assistance on immigration matters for the international movement and relocation of employees, and new hires to and between countries worldwide.

  • Dismissal-Related Issues―We provide guidance and assistance on all matters related to the dismissal of employees including: drafting termination letters and assisting in determining the applicable notice periods or compensations in lieu of notice; drafting settlement agreements; mediation and trade union communication; dismissals for cause; and collective redundancies.

  • Relocations, Collective Redundancies and Plant Closures―Relocations, collective redundancies and plant closures are all-important, sensitive and complex issues that require a dedicated team of managers assisted by experienced legal advisors.  Our attorneys assist right from the preparatory stages (identifying legal and non-legal issues, determining a strategy, assessment of time and costs) and guide clients through the entire implementation process.
Partner
Email +(32)(2) 899-2941+(32)(2) 899-2941
Bert Theeuwes represents and advises international organizations, sovereign states, embassies, missions, heads of state, diplomats and international civil servants on all issues of international l...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7959(212) 808-7959
Mark Konkel is committed to protecting and maximizing the interests of employers of all sizes, from the major multinational to the startup.  Whether Mark is helping his clients with seasoned,...
Partner
Email (212) 808-7980(212) 808-7980
Pamela Kaplan represents Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit entities and other organizations on their employee benefits and compensation-related initiatives.  She advises on the full arr...
Associate
Email +(32)(2) 899-2943+(32)(2) 899-2943
Saskia Lemeire is an associate in the Brussels office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She is a member of the firm’s Public International and Diplomatic Law practice and the Belgian Law prac...

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