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Global Employment Lawyer – Volume 2, Issue 1 – November/December 2015

Global Employment Lawyer - Nov. & Dec. 2015


Look out, beware—it’s holiday party season!

For many companies, having an annual holiday party is part of the culture and tradition of the organization. Company holiday parties provide employees with an opportunity to socialize and celebrate together, and can certainly help boost morale and engender loyalty. At the same time, however, there are risks lurking. Depending on the type of party and the part of the world you are having it in, there are different types of risks that can come into play—and we have some tips to mitigate them.

What’s not risky? Keeping up to date on the hot topics in employment and labor issues from around the globe which could affect your business goals in those regions.

From all of your friends at Dentons, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season!

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Global Employment Lawyer – Volume 2, Issue 1 – November/December 2015

Global Employment Lawyer – Issue 3

Summer 2015

Global Employment Lawyer

The third edition of the Global Employment Lawyer provides you with practical content to keep you current on developments that effect your business goals around the globe. Our lawyers look at questions of religious accommodation as well as the unpleasant income tax consequences of temporary visas in the US; managing “difficult employees” in Canada; reducing workforce due to redundancies in China; imminent changes to Polish labor law; recruitment of non-resident foreign workers in Angola; employing foreign workers in Israel and whistleblowing in the UK.

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Global Employment Lawyer – Issue 3

New year, new employment issues


The mission of Dentons’ Global Employment Lawyer is to keep you informed of significant trends and developments in the area of global employment and labor law, wherever they take place, so that you are in a better position to make educated business decisions. Thank you for helping to make the first edition of the Global Employment Lawyer a huge success!

In this second edition of the Dentons’ Global Employment Lawyer, our lawyers examine:

  • Options for dealing with employee layoffs in China for foreign investors
  • Canada’s recent decision to require employee accommodation for childcare responsibilities
  • Restrictions under Polish law which can affect employment settlements
  • Romania’s recent decisions effecting union standing and disciplinary actions against employees
  • Specific ambiguities in Egyptian labor law on financial entitlements, employment terminations and collective dispute resolution mechanisms
  • UK’s recent employment decision potentially increasing the amount of holiday pay owed to certain overtime workers
  • Current and pending changes to US employment regulations for 2015, including laws affecting paid sick leave, anti discrimination and bullying, social media, severance and more
  • US IRS regulation Section 457A’s effect on deferred compensation for US taxpayers who work for non-US entities
  • Recap of Dentons’ client seminar on critical employment issues for multinationals

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New year, new employment issues

One week away: Critical employment issues facing multi-national employers


With one week left, click here to register for our CLE program on Critical Employment Issues Facing Multi-National Employers.

December 10, 2014
04:00 PM – 07:00 PM EDT
1221 Avenue of the Americas
50th Floor
New York, NY
United States

Dentons Global Employment and Labor group is pleased to invite you to an interactive program bringing together Dentons lawyers from around the globe to present on several critical employment issues facing multi-national employers. The three-panel program will be followed by networking cocktails where you will have an opportunity to mingle and connect with professionals in the industry.

Panel topics and speakers:

Moderated by Brian Cousin

Privacy Panel (4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.):
Andy Roth (US), Barbara Johnston (Canada), Michael Bronstein (UK), Katell Deniel-Allioux (France),Todd Liao (China by video), Neil Capobianco (US)

Global Mobility Panel (5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.):
Matt Schulz (US), Michael Bronstein (UK), Todd Liao (China by video)

Restrictive Covenants Panel (6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.):
Richard Scharlat (US), Adrian Miedema (Canada), Michael Bronstein (UK), Katell Deniel-Allioux (France), Todd Liao (China by video)

Register Now

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One week away: Critical employment issues facing multi-national employers

EB5 conditional resident approvals delayed until after October 1, 2014

We reported on August 12 the good news that the USCIS is reporting faster processing times for EB5 immigrant investors [http://www.globalmobilityreview.com/update-for-immigrant-investors-in-the-us].  These faster petition processing times led to a larger number of conditional resident approvals for EB5 investors, which is also good news.  The bad news is that the limited supply allocated to EB5 investors born in mainland China is now exhausted and no further supply will be available until October 1, 2014. This problem does not impact individuals born in other countries.  It also does not impact the approval of the Form I-829 petition to remove the conditional basis of EB5 resident status after two years.  The government will continue to approve those cases.

This is the first time that EB5-based conditional resident status has become unavailable since this immigrant visa category was created in 1990.  Because the limited supply of immigrant visas are allocated both by visa category and  place of birth, only EB5 conditional resident applications for individuals born in mainland China are impacted.  Individuals born in any other country are still immediately eligible to be granted EB5 conditional resident status.  People born in Hong Kong and Macau are not subject to the mainland China quota.  Furthermore, EB5 investors born in mainland China can still immigrate if they have an accompanying spouse born outside mainland China, since the government’s chargeability rules allow using the other family member’s country of birth.

Fiscal Year 2015 starts on October 1, 2014.  The new annual allocation of EB5 conditional resident immigrant visas becomes available then and conditional resident approvals will resume.  The government has not announced how many such applications are already pending or when the Fiscal Year 2015 quota is likely to run out for EB5 investors born in mainland China.

For long-term planning, this is a wake up call to EB5 projects that overly rely on mainland China as a source of EB5 investor funds.  While mainland China historically is the largest supplier of EB5 investors, the EB5 program is available and used by individuals born in other countries.  Until and unless US law is amended to remove the country quota limits on EB5, business developers are well advised to expand the source of investors to other countries to avoid the delays that will likely begin to hamper exclusively Chinese funded projects.


EB5 conditional resident approvals delayed until after October 1, 2014

Kazakhstan introduces visa free regime for citizens of 10 countries from July 15

Pursuant to Decree No. 639 of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 11 June 2014, the Republic of Kazakhstan has unilaterally introduced a visa-free regime for the period from 15 July 2014 to 15 July 2015 for the citizens of 10 countries: USA, UK and Northern Ireland, Germany, the Republic of France, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, Korea and Japan. Click here for more information

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Kazakhstan introduces visa free regime for citizens of 10 countries from July 15