Effective workplace policies, employment contracts and employee handbooks are important tools for multinational employers to establish expectations of the employment relationship, ensure compliance, and protect both the employee’s and employer’s interests.
For organizational, administrative and efficiency reasons, an international employer may prefer a global approach for policies, documents and procedures wherever it employs staff so that it can establish consistency across its business. However, creating a global approach for these tools - whether it be contracts, handbooks or policies - is challenging due to the differences between laws, regulations and cultural and social practices that exist across borders. Many countries have unique requirements that can make a one-size-fits-all approach impractical for multinational companies to be compliant with the local laws in each country in which it operates.
Drawing on experience advising multinational employers on policies related to leaves of absence, compensation, privacy issues, workplace diversity, and more, Matthew Howse and Nicholas Thomas, London-based labor and employment partners at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP will discuss best practices for effectively implementing these workplace tools across multiple regions.
Matthew Howse is a partner in Morgan Lewis's labor and employment practice and is the group leader for the London team.
Mr. Howse's practice includes both contentious and non-contentious matters. He provides strategic advice on employment law issues, advises on the employment law aspects of transactions, and has successfully represented clients in high court and employment tribunal litigation.
Mr. Howse also advises and represents clients with respect to privacy law issues, including providing data protection compliance advice, reviewing data protection and employee monitoring policies, and advising on freedom of information and the law of confidentiality.
Nicholas Thomas is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. He advises on all aspects of employment law, including day-to-day human resources matters, data privacy, complex restructurings and reorganizations, and employee disputes.
Mr. Thomas has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors, including finance, private equity, insurance, information technology, transportation, power, facilities management, communications, and manufacturing. He regularly advises on all employment aspects of complex acquisitions and outsourcing projects, often involving several jurisdictions.
Mr. Thomas has also been involved in a number of high-profile transactions related to distressed businesses. He has a particular focus on labour relations issues, advising a range of clients on collective bargaining, industrial disputes (both domestic and international) and European Works Council issues.