Guest speakers from DLA Piper covered:
- Brexit: its impact for UK and global employers now and going forwards
- Political changes in Europe and what they might mean for employment policy
- Worker status: trends in the age of the gig economy
- Gender pay: what Europe is doing to reduce the gender pay gap
- Working time trends and the right to disconnect in a connected world
Ute Krudewagen, Partner, DLA Piper Silicon Valley, U.S.
Dr. Ute Krudewagen advises international and cross-border clients on a broad range of complex global employment matters, serving as trusted advisor and managing international counsel for a broad range of multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary projects. Her vast experience includes advising on global background checks, employment and independent contractor agreements, discrimination and harassment claims, social media issues, global policies and procedures, non-compete and proprietary information agreements, works council and union issues, codes of conduct and social responsibility, workplace privacy, employee assignments and global mobility programs, global reductions in force, restructurings and severance and retention plans. Ute also counsels global employers on the issues associated with transactions, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, post-acquisition integrations and tax restructurings. She has successfully addressed employment issues in transactions with workforces in more than 60 jurisdictions in one transaction, with deal values ranging from US$2 million to several billion, including negotiation and drafting of the deal agreement, employee transfers, consultations with unions and works councils, benefits harmonization, interim operating models and acquisition-related downsizings.
Kai Bodenstedt, Partner, DLA Piper, Hamburg, Germany
Dr. Kai Bodenstedt is specialized in providing legal advice to international corporate clients on all aspects of employment and labor related projects and disputes. Kai has particular expertise in advising international companies in dealing with works councils (local works councils and European Works Councils). Furthermore, Kai has gained huge experience in representing employers at high profile cases in reconciliation boards to negotiate on consultation obligations towards works councils and at labor courts in both works-council and individual employment law related issues at local and higher labour courts and at the Federal Labour Court. Most of Kai’s clients are active in the Technology, Aviation and Retail Sector. Kai is identified as a frequently recommended lawyer by JUVE (German equivalent to Chambers / Legal 500) and competitors / clients describe him in JUVE’s handbook as “highly efficient, pragmatic and with in-depth legal knowledge” (JUVE handbook 2015 /16) and as “pragmatic and with excellent technical legal skill” (JUVE handbook 2016/17). Clients have said that “Kai is fantastic – his advice is practical, strategic and extremely helpful. He is a rockstar!“
Kate Hodgkiss, Partner, DLA Piper Edinburgh, UK
Kate Hodgkiss is head of the Employment team in Scotland, having previously been a partner in the London team. Kate has been involved in firm-wide initiatives, acting jointly with clients, to provide responses to Government Consultation Papers relating to the introduction of the Age Discrimination Regulations and the Single Equality Act. Kate also acts for a wide variety of other clients, including public bodies and private organizations of all sizes. Kate advises a number of professional service providers, including one of the Big Four Accountants on all areas of employment law.