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International Employee Handbooks, HR Policies, and Individual Employment Contracts: Global and Aligned 'Multi-Local' Strategies

International Employee Handbooks, HR Policies, and Individual Employment Contracts: Global and Aligned 'Multi-Local' Strategies (2)
Product Code - INAU01
Speaker(s): Donald C. Dowling, Jr., White & Case Partner and the Firm’s International Employment Counsel
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The old days of "siloed," disparate human resources operations are behind us. These days, like it or not, globally-operating multinational employers must integrate and align an increasingly-large part of their human resources "offerings" regionally and globally.  

But global HR alignment can raise a host of conflicts and questions. For example: Is a U.S.-based multinational credible if it claims a "zero tolerance" policy for discrimination and harassment yet forces mandatory retirement on its employees abroad? Is a global diversity program workable if it imposes U.S. metrics on the very-different workplace demographics overseas? Can a multinational declare English to be its "official company language" and then issue English-language communications and policies worldwide? 

A U.S.-based multinational should never take a U.S.-drafted HR policy or employee handbook and relabel it "international." Launching global employee handbooks, global HR policies, and globally-aligned employment contracts requires carefully "retooling" them for the international environment. 

This session shows multinationals how to draft, and launch, global (and globally-aligned-local) HR policies and employment contracts. Topics include:

1.    Global handbook, global HR policy, or global code of conduct? Matching the tool with the business need 
2.    One single global document, dual (U.S. plus rest-of-the-world) documents, or multiple aligned local documents? 
3.    Drafting an international HR policy so it complies with local laws across many jurisdictions 
4.    English as official company language vs. practical and legal requirements for local translations 
5.    Launch logistics: How headquarters can legally impose a headquarters-issued 
       employment policy on overseas workplaces 

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Donald C. Dowling, Jr., White & Case Partner and the Firm’s International Employment Counsel

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.