We have become a world without borders. Companies of all sizes have learned that opportunity and risk transcend geographic boundaries, especially when dealing with labor and employment matters in a foreign country. Suddenly, you need answers to questions such as: What rules govern organized labor in Mexico? How should the discharge of employees in Japan be handled?
International employers need the advice and counsel of a law firm with worldwide resources and experience in virtually every facet of labor and employment law. Epstein Becker Green fits the bill. We provide counsel and representation to multinational corporations, U.S. corporations doing business overseas, and foreign employers with U.S. operations. Epstein Becker Green is among the world's most experienced firms in assisting U.S. companies with employment matters overseas. In Europe, Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere, the firm advises employers on a wide variety of human resource issues, including the international application of U.S. laws and regulations, the effect of various treaties and accords to which the United States is a party, and – working closely with affiliate law firms around the world – the application of local labor and employment law.
Epstein Becker Green provides a full array of services to its international labor clients. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Counseling foreign multinational companies doing business in the United States on U.S. labor and employment issues and on dealing with overlapping jurisdictions and regulations
- Advising U.S. corporations on the extraterritorial effect of U.S. laws and on labor and employment laws in foreign jurisdictions
- Advising companies on matters arising under NAFTA, GATT, and other treaties and accords
- Advising multinational and foreign employers in areas related to expatriate employee contracts and compensation, and U.S. immigration laws
- Providing preventative counsel and management training on the global implications of numerous human resource issues and related laws (e.g., the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Employment Relations Bill of 1999) to ensure that potential problems are handled effectively before they disintegrate into full-fledged litigation or administrative proceedings
- Providing representation in mediation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution to ensure that employment matters are handled in the most cost-effective and confidential manner possible
- Advising employers on global issues related to employee stock option and purchase programs and other employee benefits