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Session 414: Risky Business: Exploring Termination Risk in Various Countries
Monday, October 28, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
- Adrienne Drew, Associate General Counsel, Globalization Partners
- Nicole Forbes, Deputy General Counsel, Globalization Partners
- Charisse Coleman, Associate General Counsel, American Bureau of Shipping
- Richard Harvey, Partner, Littler Mendelson P.C.
- Pietro Straulino, Managing Partner, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
The concept of “at-will” employment, which refers to the idea that an employment relationship can be terminated at any time for any reason (if that reason doesn’t violate the law) or for no reason, is generally inapplicable outside of the United States. Termination laws in other countries are typically weighted in favor of the employee. When a company that has employees in countries outside of the United States chooses to end the employment relationship—whether due to a layoff, restructuring, performance issues, misconduct, or otherwise—that employer must proceed with caution. If an international termination is handled incorrectly, the employer may find itself on the hook for significant damages including reinstatement, back pay, front pay, emotional distress damages, and more. Nicole Forbes, Deputy General Counsel at Globalization Partners, will discuss international terminations and lead participants through hypothetical situations on how to deal with them in different countries.