Expanding your business in Europe means recruiting people in the European territory. Doing so from overseas is complex and requires professional assistance . This whitepaper explains the employment considerations when US companies manage or acquire employees in Europe. In addition, it contains subjects like hiring and firing staff, workforce restructuring, business closure and mass layoff, business sale, transfer and outsourcing and privacy and data protection.
Common Mistakes US companies make
The most common mistakes US employers make in Europe are in the hiring/firing of staff, workforce restructuring (downsizing), business closures, sale or transfer of a business, and employee privacy (data protection). Employment is primarily structured through formal, written contracts (often mandatory in Europe) that set forth provisions regarding pay and working conditions.
Employment at will? It doesn’t apply to Europe!
There is no concept of “at will” employment in Europe. Employment is primarily structured through formal, written contracts. Also, because employment is not at will, Europe has minimum standards for notice prior to termination. In some European countries, termination without a legally valid reason may be void or could result in large damage awards for unfair discharge.
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