International Labor and Employment Laws, Volume I, Fourth Edition with 2018 Cumulative Supplement

This treatise provides vital information about labor and employment law in the world’s major economies, including the European Union and member-states Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as Canada, Mexico, the United States, China, Japan, and Brazil. Additional topics covered include litigation of international employment disputes, compensation for internationally mobile executives, and negotiation of expatriate employment agreements.

Meet The Authors

William L. Keller (deceased)
Editor-in-Chief (Fourth Edition)
Timothy J. Darby
Editor-in-Chief (Fourth Edition)
Ute Krudewagen
Editor-in-Chief (2018 Cumulative Supplement)


International Labor and Employment Laws, Volume I provides vital information about labor and employment laws in the world’s major economies.  The Fourth Edition covers litigation of international employment disputes, compensation for internationally mobile executives, negotiation of expatriate employment agreements, the top ten issues of U.S. employers doing business in another country, and more.  

A representative sampling of updates in the Fourth Edition includes:

  • Brazil - maternity leave has been expanded to cover employees who adopt a child, as well as to surviving spouses
  • China - discussion of Interim Provisions on Labor Dispatch that took effect March 2014
  • France - a 2013 statute concerning protection of Employment
  • Japan - new discussion of whether an independent contractor working under a service agreement or a business entrustment agreement should be considered a worker or employee under the Labor Standards Law (LSL) or the Trade Union Law (TUL)


The 2018 Cumulative Supplement brings the treatise current through 2017, with coverage of selected additional updates through mid-2018. Highlights include: 

  • European Union - recent developments in EU law, and the replacement of the EU Data Protection Directive with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018
  • Germany - the 2017 Pay Transparency Act, which increases enforcement of pay equality far beyond the strictures of the prior General Equal Treatment Act
  • France - revision of the Labor Code in multiple areas by the Ordonnances Macron, which became law in March 2018
  • Social Networking and the Global Workforce - new analysis of relevant laws in India
  • Belgium - removal of prohibition on night work where it involves logistical and support services related to e-commerce
  • Italy - revision of employment contract law to allow for "smart work" not connected to any specific location or time, with such arrangements determined by the employee
  • United Kingdom - change in mandatory gender pay gap reporting requirement, effective April 2017


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.

William L. Keller (deceased) was a partner in Hunton & Williams, and the former chair of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.


Timothy J. Darby was formerly a project director at Bloomberg BNA, Arlington, VA.


Ute Krudewagen is a partner with DLA Piper, East Palo Alto, CA.


International Labor and Employment Law CommitteeABA Section of Labor and Employment Law


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"In a time when more clients are going global, the International treatises are a key part of any serious employment lawyer's legal library. They are unsurpassed in the marketplace as a valuable resource for employment lawyers who need to understand the basic laws in key jurisdictions around the world. They become more relevant as every year goes by and are first rate publications."

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