International employment issues have always required a broad perspective. But increasingly, employment counsel are also asked to move quickly on staffing up or down, instituting pay freezes, or moving quickly into new markets to gain a competitive edge. It requires facile management of scores of moving pieces. We've asked four seasoned practitioners to discuss the issues facing international employers today.
This program was moderated by Susan Kostal and recorded in Palo Alto, CA on February 9, 2010.
Bird & Bird
Warren Wayne is a partner in the Employment Group at Bird & Bird. Based on London, Warren advises a wide range of British and multi-national private companies, especially in the technology sector. Warren regularly speaks on employment law topics, and he contributes to a range of professional specialist publications, in addition to explaining employment law issues for BBC Radio and Television audiences.
The Rose Group
Ken Rose founded the Rose Group 2006 after chairing the International Employment Group for Littler Mendelson. The Rose Group is a boutique firm based in San Diego dedicated to providing cost-effective, practical advice and counsel on domestic and international employment law matters and in related litigation, and represents both multinational Fortune 500 companies and small family-owned businesses.
Director of Employment Law
Louisa Holzschuher is Director of Employment Law for Juniper Networks, Inc., where she is responsible for employment law issues in approximately 50 countries. Louisa has been practicing employment and labor law for over 25 years, including in-house positions managing global employment issues with Apple, and Syntex (USA) Inc. In particular, Louisa has worked with her clients to resolve issues involving reorganizations and work force reductions and effective management of employee performance. She also presents training programs to managers and human resources professionals. Prior to joining Juniper, she had her own firm for over six years, representing large and small corporations, as well as counseling individuals.
John began his legal career as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. His practice has subsequently evolved to cover all areas of labor and employment law with a specific emphasis on international employment issues, class and collective actions, restrictive covenants and trade secrets and wage-hour issues.
John represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including hearings and trials, before state and federal courts, and before state and federal administrative agencies. He also represents clients in all aspects of labor-management relations, including collective bargaining and arbitrations.
In addition, John advises a wide range of multi-national companies on cross-border legal issues. He advises US-based companies on compliance with global legal issues and international companies on compliance with US law.
John represents clients with regard to non-compete and trade secret issues and in the employment law aspects of intellectual property.
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1995
B.A., Loyola University of Chicago, 1991
University College, London
Susan Kostal is a freelance journalist who has covered legal affairs for more than 20 years. She has been a reporter and editor at the Daily Journal, and done writing and editing for California Lawyer Magazine. Her work has also appeared in the ABA Journal, San Francisco Attorney Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, and the Palo Alto Weekly. She also served as the legal editor at Caring.com. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, reporting, and editing. She assisted with the conception and reporting of "Innocence Lost," a San Francisco Magazine feature nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2004,and her piece, "The Brobeck Mutiny," won a Bronze Award for reporting from the City and Regional Magazine Awards in 2003. She has worked with ALM producing audio and video CLE roundtable programs since 2005.