With more than 200 million people throughout the world now employed by multinational enterprises and their affiliates, law firm K&L Gates LLP has established Global Employer Solutions, a comprehensive cross-disciplinary team of lawyers helping entities with operations and staff across numerous countries and wide-ranging jurisdictions meet the challenges of their global business needs and comply with an array of local laws and regulations. Global Employer Solutions includes more than 200 lawyers throughout K&L Gates’ global platform collaborating across borders and practices and drawing from deep experience in areas such as employment, workplace safety, immigration, benefits, tax, executive compensation, compliance, and investigations.
Global Employer Solutions will assist clients in identifying and mitigating risks, ensuring compliance, and coordinating personnel policies focusing on global employment strategies, including downsizing, acquisitions, and integrations; transactional due diligence and post-merger integration; protection of confidential information; global contracts, employee handbooks, and safety standards and policies; and cross-border compliance issues, as well as a variety of relocation and immigration matters, including visa applications, document transfers, and temporary and permanent employment visa options.
“Global Employer Solutions responds to the needs of our clients within the global workplace,” stated Global Employer Solutions co-leaders Rosemary Alito (Newark) and Alice DeBoos (Sydney). “While the formal initiative is new, we have many clients who have long relied on K&L Gates as their single source for global workplace law answers. The workforce risks for global companies have grown exponentially in recent years, and it’s critical for companies operating internationally to take both the global and local view in order to thrive in today’s marketplace.”
To complement the Global Employer Solutions offering, K&L Gates also has created an interactive Global Employer Guide that provides quick, concise summaries of the main employment law requirements of nearly 20 countries in which the firm operates, including Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among others.
Global Employer Solutions is part of the firm’s newly elevated Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice area, also co-led by partners Alito and DeBoos. Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety is K&L Gates’ ninth firmwide practice area, joining existing focuses in the Corporate and Transactional; Energy, Infrastructure and Resources; Finance; Financial Services; Intellectual Property; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Policy and Regulatory; and Real Estate areas. Widely recognized as a leading practice in the United States, Australia, and Europe, the new practice area recognizes the unique and quickly evolving needs of the firm’s clients in the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety sector.