Employment 2018

The Employment guide provides expert legal commentary on key issues for businesses. The guide covers the important developments in the most significant jurisdictions.

Last Updated September 20, 2017

Theodore O Rogers Jr joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 1979 and has been a partner since 1987. His litigation activities centre on two areas: labour and employment law and estates litigation. He is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1976) and Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1979). As managing partner of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group, Mr Rogers represents employers with respect to all manner of labour and employment issues. Mr Rogers is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is a member of the American Law Institute, the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor and Employment Law of New York University School of Law, and has served on the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

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In recent years, the scope of employment laws and regulations globally has expanded dramatically and in different ways. Laws governing employment are no longer just a matter of interest for HR professionals and counsel but also affect many other areas of law. For example, the ability to construct and enforce non-competition agreements can be an important matter in M&A transactions. The burgeoning array of whistle-blower and retaliation statutes implicate general corporate governance regimes. And data privacy laws are of particular importance for organisations, both as a matter of personnel management as well as business organisations. 

A cross-border survey of employment laws with a consistent outline can thus be of assistance to more than just employment counsel. 

This chapter, using an outline template, reviews country by country the nature and scope of the legal framework governing the employment relationship. The outline covers not just the typical topics for employment professionals, such as wages, benefits and health benefits laws, but also regulations more broadly affecting organisations, such as union organisation, immigration and the aforementioned data privacy and retaliation restrictions. What becomes apparent is the dramatic range of approaches to employment-related issues around the globe and the challenge to those who advise multinational organisations.