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European Employment Law Update

This specialist programme can cover both general employment law developments across Europe together with key issues in cross-border restructuring, especially with Brexit in mind.

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  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 6 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion

Course Overview

This programme will focus on changes in EU law and the differences in key European jurisdictions plus the challenges faced when restructuring across Europe. By the end of the training the HR team will be up-to-date with all changes and current best practice enabling you to manage effectively and within the law in each country.

What this in-house training will impart to your corporate HR team:

  • The latest hot topics in employment law across key European jurisdictions
  • The impact of recent decisions from the ECJ and relevant EU changes, including the potential affect of Brexit
  • The different ways in which EU legislation is adopted in different jurisdictions
  • An appreciation of the critical issues connected with restructuring and how they are dealt with across Europe
  • How to avoid some of the pitfalls and challenges created by working across jurisdictions
  • An appreciation of the tactical considerations when coordinating cross-jurisdictional restructuring


Overview of EU developments

  • Current and future labour and employment changes in the EU
  • Recent significant decisions from the ECJ
  • The Green Paper on labour law in Europe
  • Other high profile changes affecting recruitment, pensions and mobility
  • Amendments to the Posting of Workers Directive

Key developments in the UK

  • TUPE – duty to consult
  • Equality Act
  • Associative discrimination
  • Bonuses
  • Recent cases

Key developments in Poland

  • Countering mobbing in the workplace
  • Employment discrimination
  • Privacy in the workplace
  • Employee participation/election to a works council
  • Maternity leave/paternity leave
  • Employment of temporary workers
  • Non-competition covenants
  • Atypical/flexible employment
  • Recent cases

Key developments in Germany

  • Invalid clauses in employment contracts
  • The AGB rules
  • Preclusive periods
  • Legal upheavals in relation to the law of mass redundancies proceedings
  • The Anti-discrimination Act
  • The Act on part time work
  • The Act on equal treatment

Key developments in France

  • New rules concerning employee redeployment in the event of lay-offs
  • Contracts of employment
  • Discipline and dismissal
  • Discrimination law
  • Employment tribunal and court system
  • Recent significant cases

Key developments in Italy

  • Variation of employment rights
  • Discrimination
  • Dismissals
  • Fixed term contracts of employment
  • Resignations – new regulations
  • Executive disciplinary dismissals
  • Impact of recent judicial decisions
  • Pensions law – latest changes

Key developments in The Netherlands

  • New Pensions Act
  • Changes to the working circumstances act
  • Trade Union recognition
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Discrimination

Issues affecting restructuring in individual country jurisdictions

  • The key issues on collective consultation
  • Collective redundancy procedures
  • Termination rules that affect restructuring
  • Costs and timescales of restructuring
  • National differences in transfer of undertaking scenarios
  • The practical and tactical considerations in coordinating cross-jurisdictional restructuring
  • How to avoid pitfalls in each jurisdiction or inadvertently prejudicing the position in one country through action in another

Patricia Leighton

Professor Patricia Leighton is a former Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at the University of South Wales, UK and is currently Professor of Employment Law She has also been a Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges and is currently a Visiting Professor at three other UK universities. She is currently Professor of European Law at the IPag Business School, France and a member of their research group and a member of the Advisory Group for the Lisbon Council, Brussels.

She is an experienced employment lawyer, has a small professional practice and is the director The Employment Law Exchange, a collaborative organisation for senior HR practitioners, especially for multi-national companies. She has undertaken many research projects for international and national governments and other organisations, including the ILO, the European Commission and UK government departments, for private sector organisations and professional bodies. Her work has focused on employment relationships, flexible working and more recently, on the digital economy and the ’future of work’ discourse.

She is the author of seventeen books and is currently co-writing a book –‘Towards the Void?:_Employment Relations in the 21st Centur.She contributes to a wide range of journals, especially the Journal of Management and Organisation, the Industrial Law Journal and The Business Law Review. She has published seventeen books, including Out of the Shadow: Managing Self employed, Agency and Outsourced workers (2007), with Syrett, M, Hecker, R and Holland, P (ButterworthHeinemann) . She has recently updated her book Effective Recruitment (Thorogood Publishing) and her EU Employment Law;A Practical Guide(Thorogood Publishing), and has served on the editorial boards of many journals including Human Resources, Personnel Today, Employer’s Law and The Law Teacher. She has acted as an advisor to policy makers in the UK, the European Commission and government departments of EU member and applicant states.

More details

We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

See below or contact us to discuss your requirements.


  • ABC International Bank Plc
  • Aioi Management Ltd
  • Ametek
  • Aon Hewitt (PNG) Ltd
  • Argonaut Technologies Ltd-A Biotage Company
  • Arriva plc
  • Arup Ltd
  • Autodesk Ltd
  • AXA Partners - Credit & Lifestyle
  • Baker Hughes Ltd
  • Ball Packaging Europe UK Ltd
  • Bibby Financial Services
  • Bovis Lend Lease Ltd
  • Brand-Rex Ltd
  • Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Bunzl Retail Supplies Ltd
  • Centrax Ltd
  • Ceuta Healthcare Ltd
  • Chandler KBS
  • Charterhouse
  • CIGNA International
  • CIT Group (UK) Ltd
  • Citigroup UK
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • ConvaTec Ltd
  • Crane Process Flow Technologies
  • CSG International Ltd
  • Cummins Inc
  • ECovert FM
  • Estee Lauder Companies
  • Fujitsu Services
  • GMAC Financial Services
  • GMAC UK plc
  • GMI (Global Market Insite)
  • Hays Plc
  • Henderson Global Investors
  • Holiday Cottages Group
  • INTEC Telecom Systems
  • Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd
  • InterBulk Group Plc
  • Interpublic GIS
  • IRI
  • Knowledge Pool Group Ltd
  • Lavendon Group plc
  • Lubrizol Ltd
  • McArthurGlen UK Ltd
  • Miller Rosenfalck LLP
  • Monsoon Accessorize
  • MTV Networks Europe
  • Northgate Information Solutions plc
  • Office2Office Plc
  • PA News Ltd
  • Perkin Elmer Ltd
  • Psion Plc
  • RSA Security
  • Scott-Telfer
  • Siemens Plc
  • SIGTrading Ltd
  • Skandia UK
  • South West Trains Ltd
  • Stiefel Laboratories
  • Sungard
  • TAC Europe
  • Tate & Lyle
  • TDK Electronics UK
  • The Norton Practice
  • Unilever HPC
  • Vanco UK Ltd
  • Waggener Edstrom


  • Epson Europe BV
  • Europol
  • G-Star Raw CV
  • The Greenery BV
  • Wintershall Noordzee


  • Advanced New Technologies
  • Apple Computer Europe
  • Invensys Control Systems
  • ROHM & HAAS France SAS


  • Attorneys at Law Borenius & Kemppinnen Ltd
  • Finland Post Corporation


  • Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Websense


  • Romtelecom SA


  • Merck Serono SA
  • Philip Morris International Management


  • InterContinental Hotels


  • European Central Bank




  • Arcelor


  • Norges Bank/Central Bank of Norway


  • Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB

Multiple colleagues?
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Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
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