European Employment Law Update

This specialist In-house programme can cover both general employment law developments across Europe together with key issues in cross-border restructuring, especially with Brexit in mind.

Course Overview

This special In-house programme will focus on changes in EU law and the differences in key European jurisdictions plus the challenges faced when restructuring across Europe. By the end of the training the HR team will be up-to-date with all changes and current best practice enabling you to manage effectively and within the law in each country.

What this in-house training will empart to your corporate HR team

  • The latest hot topics in employment law across key European jurisdictions
  • The impact of recent decisions from the ECJ and relevant EU changes, including the potential affect of Brexit
  • The different ways in which EU legislation is adopted in different jurisdictions
  • An appreciation of the critical issues connected with restructuring and how they are dealt with across Europe
  • How to avoid some of the pitfalls and challenges created by working across jurisdictions
  • An appreciation of the tactical considerations when coordinating cross-jurisdictional restructuring

Your next step is to call us now on +44 (0)20 7729 6677 or email us at or use our contact form and find out how we can help. There are no commitments, and if we cannot help our advice and recommendations are free of charge.

Sample Programme

Overview of EU developments

  • Current and future labour and employment changes in the EU
  • Recent significant decisions from the ECJ
  • The Green Paper on labour law in Europe
  • Other high profile changes affecting recruitment, pensions and mobility
  • Amendments to the Posting of Workers Directive

Key developments in the UK

  • TUPE – duty to consult
  • Equality Act
  • Associative discrimination
  • Bonuses
  • Recent cases

Key developments in Poland

  • Countering mobbing in the workplace
  • Employment discrimination
  • Privacy in the workplace
  • Employee participation/election to a works council
  • Maternity leave/paternity leave
  • Employment of temporary workers
  • Non-competition covenants
  • Atypical/flexible employment
  • Recent cases

Key developments in Germany

  • Invalid clauses in employment contracts
  • The AGB rules
  • Preclusive periods
  • Legal upheavals in relation to the law of mass redundancies proceedings
  • The Anti-discrimination Act
  • The Act on part time work
  • The Act on equal treatment

Key developments in France

  • New rules concerning employee redeployment in the event of lay-offs
  • Contracts of employment
  • Discipline and dismissal
  • Discrimination law
  • Employment tribunal and court system
  • Recent significant cases

Key developments in Italy

  • Variation of employment rights
  • Discrimination
  • Dismissals
  • Fixed term contracts of employment
  • Resignations – new regulations
  • Executive disciplinary dismissals
  • Impact of recent judicial decisions
  • Pensions law – latest changes

Key developments in The Netherlands

  • New Pensions Act
  • Changes to the working circumstances act
  • Trade Union recognition
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Discrimination

Issues affecting restructuring in individual country jurisdictions

  • The key issues on collective consultation
  • Collective redundancy procedures
  • Termination rules that affect restructuring
  • Costs and timescales of restructuring
  • National differences in transfer of undertaking scenarios
  • The practical and tactical considerations in coordinating cross-jurisdictional restructuring
  • How to avoid pitfalls in each jurisdiction or inadvertently prejudicing the position in one country through action in another

Recommended Trainer

Patricia Leighton is the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the Law School of the University of Glamorgan where she teaches employment law, European law and education law. She is also head of the European Law Unit. Patricia’s research topics have included international contracts of employment, flexible working, and management of sub contractors and collective labour relations.

Bespoke training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation. Contact us to discuss your training requirements.

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