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Employment Law

Employment Counselling

We help Clients maximize the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability. Van Berings’ Employment Team has widely recognized experience in providing Clients comprehensive employment counselling across a wide spectrum of industries, often serving as an extension of their in-house human resources and legal departments to address the full range of employment issues on:

  • Employee discipline and discharge
  • Internal workplace investigations
  • Employment agreements and severance agreements
  • Non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Employee policy manuals, codes of conduct and shop disciplinary codes
  • Wage-and-hour practices and audits
  • Employment discrimination, diversity and equality
  • Secondments, flexible working
  • Secondary Collective Bargaining Agreements and Shop Agreements
  • Employee relations, works councils and unions, grievance handling
  • Collective dismissal procedures

Executive Compensation and Benefits

Van Berings’ Employment Team provides strategic, confidential advice to help our Clients deliver effective business solutions to their internal stakeholders by effectively assisting them in structuring and implementing essential relationships with key personnel. Our attorneys from the employment and compensation and benefit practices provide expert and commercial advice to meet the challenge of attracting and retaining high caliber employees with innovative remuneration structures:

  • Senior manager regimes, director contracts
  • Executive compensation arrangements, including employment agreements, retention and severance agreements
  • Qualified and Non-qualified deferred compensation plans
  • Equity plans, including stock option and restricted stock
  • Phantom equity programs, stock appreciation rights (SARs), Stock Options Plans and long-term incentive plans (LTIP) and retention bonus schemes
  • International equity and compensation arrangements
  • Change in control or similar arrangements (“golden parachutes”)

Transactional

Van Berings’ Employment Team has a wide experience in advising Clients with respect to the full range of employment aspects which are prodromal, ancillary or consequential to mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions also in multi-jurisdictional projects. In countries where we do not have an office, we are experienced in co-ordinating and managing advice from locally qualified employment experts.

  • Due diligence and risk assessments
  • Pre-Merger or acquisition Unions’ information procedures
  • Merger, consolidation, spin-off considerations and plan termination
  • Post-merger integration

Employment Litigation

Our attorneys of the Van Berings’ Employment Team have extensive experience in contentious matters covering all forms of dispute resolution in the context of employment law, including litigation in labour, arbitration and mediation of employee claims including in respect of dismissals, demotion, whistle-blowing, discrimination and equality, bonus disputes, protection and defense of confidential information, and restrictive covenants claims.