Helena Milner-Smith helps clients navigate international HR-legal compliance issues. Her practice includes implementing global employment contracts, policies and codes of business conduct, managing multi-country reviews and projects, advising on the employment aspects of large-scale corporate reorganisations, handling disciplinary and grievance matters and dismissals, and negotiating settlement agreements. She has successfully defended clients in the UK employment tribunal. Ms. Milner-Smith has also gained valuable in-house experience while on secondment at three large multinational corporations, including a pharmaceutical company.
As people head off on their summer breaks, regulators in Europe, particularly Germany, are increasingly focused on the breakdown of the division between home and work life and how this division is changing as mobile devices become used for work-related emails. Regulators are considering new rules that would limit an employer’s ability to require employees … Continue Reading
By Helena Milner-Smith, Kamakshi Venkataramanan and Jenna Wallace Vodafone announced recently a new progressive and generous mandatory minimum global maternity policy. According to the company, under the new policy, to be in effect by the end of this year, female employees of Vodafone in 30 countries will be offered two maternity benefits: (1) at least 16 … Continue Reading
We are writing with another update on French labor law that could impact international corporate transactions. French President Francois Hollande has proposed a change to French legislation that could remove the threat of imprisonment for directors and senior employees who are found to have breached obligations to consult with works councils and other employee representatives. … Continue Reading
On 7 March 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued new guidance for employers on the use of personal devices for business purposes. The guidance is largely informed by a survey commissioned by the ICO and carried out by the market research firm YouGov. According to the survey, 47 percent of adults in the UK … Continue Reading