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Spotting and Avoiding Foreign Discrimination Law Traps In Administering Global Compensation

Spotting and Avoiding Foreign Discrimination Law Traps In Administering Global Compensation
Product Code - INAU01
Speaker(s): Donald C. Dowling, Jr., Partner, White & Case
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Multinationals increasingly align certain aspects of compensation and benefits across borders (think of global executive rewards, regional sales incentive programs, broad-based global incentives/bonuses, global equity plans). In the scramble to launch cutting-edge cross-border rewards offerings, though, too many multinationals overlook foreign discrimination laws. This might surprise American H.R. -- after all, U.S. employers boast the world's most robust discrimination-law compliance strategies. But foreign discrimination laws differ so much that U.S.-honed compliance tools are like U.S. electrical appliances with U.S. plugs: Abroad, they just don't work without an adapter.

Foreign discrimination laws feature their own local protected groups and deemphasize both Title VII-style adverse impact testing and ERISA-style compensation discrimination testing. Instead, other countries impose unexpected rules on "job category pay discrimination," "local citizenship discrimination," "age discrimination against the young" and even "comparable worth/equal value" long ago rejected stateside. 

This webinar offers practical strategies for how a multinational can design cross-border compensation/benefits offerings that comply with discrimination laws worldwide.     

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why American employers launching global rewards offerings need to leave at home their sophisticated toolkit of American discrimination-law compliance strategies, and start over abroad
  • Understand the different protected groups abroad and completely foreign discrimination-law concepts like "job category pay discrimination," "local citizenship discrimination," "age discrimination against the young" and "comparable worth/equal value."

Develop strategies for crafting regional and global rewards offerings that align across borders, complying with multiple jurisdictions' laws simultaneously.


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Donald C. Dowling, Jr., Partner, White & Case

Donald C. Dowling, Jr.,
  a White & Case partner and the Firm's International Employment Counsel, concentrates his practice on cross-border human resources law issues for multinational employers. Don is one of two lawyers in the US ranked in the top tier ("Leading") in the only competitive ranking of international labor/employment lawyers, London-based PLC Which Lawyer?, and he is ranked by Chambers as one of the top 34 Labor & Employment lawyers in New York. Multinationals globalizing their business operations increasingly need to align certain aspects of employment law compliance across borders, and Don has over 15 years of experience managing multiple-jurisdiction employment law compliance initiatives.