Updated HSF multi-jurisdictional guide to employee issues in business transfers

Employment law issues rarely determine the strategy for a multi-jurisdictional business acquisition, but they can certainly give rise to significant avoidable costs and delay if issues are not spotted in advance. In the Herbert Smith Freehills 2016 global survey, 57% of respondents cited employment regulations as one of the reasons a deal had failed to … Read more

UK: HSF Global Guide to Whistleblowing

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first edition of a Global Guide to Whistleblowing, providing a quick reference guide to the law and culture around employees 'blowing the whistle' in 40 key jurisdictions covering in EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Read more

Updated HSF multi-jurisdictional guide to employee issues in business transfers

We have recently updated our multi-jurisdictional guide discussing potential employee issues in business transfers (first published in October 2013). The second edition reflects the law as at February 2015. The guide is a quick reference tool covering the key legal requirements in 32 jurisdictions in EMEA, South and Central America and Asia-Pacific, in a simple … Read more

Africa: Guinean legislative body votes up a new Labour Code

A new Labour Code, not yet published, was unanimously voted up by the Conseil National de la Transition (National Transition Council or CNT). During its final session on 10 January 2014, the CNT adopted a new Labour Code which will replace the previous code enacted in 1988. Read more

Africa: Regulations governing women in the workforce

Investment opportunities are increasing in Sub-Saharan Africa and multinational employers need to be aware of some very different employment law regimes, for example in relation to restrictions on the work women can do (as highlighted by a recent report from the World Bank (Women, Business and the Law 2014)). Many of the francophone countries in sub-Saharan … Read more

Africa: Prohibition of post-employment non-compete clauses in certain francophone jurisdictions

In the large majority of francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa (i.e. those which are members of the Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA), the labour codes and some collective bargaining agreements attach more importance to employees’ ‘freedom to work’ than to protecting a company’s legitimate business interests. In most OHADA member … Read more