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In brief

There is no question that the pandemic has changed the future of work. From an increased focus on health and safety to transitioning to permanent (or indefinite) remote work, or preparing for business transformation, companies are facing critical business challenges in regard to their most important asset — their people.


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How We Can Help

Baker McKenzie’s Employment and Compensation attorneys have unmatched expertise in guiding global employers through uncertain times. We partner with clients to create safe and agile workforce models, tailoring an approach unique to your business to help you maintain business continuity and futureproof your organization.

Workforce Restructuring

Many companies are looking to restructure their workforce as they seek to combat the effects of the pandemic and transform their business models. With extensive experience managing business change and disruption, we help clients through major business changes, whether it be layoffs and redundancies (or other cost-cutting measures) or strategic transactions to align synergies and unlock value.

Agile Workforce Planning

We partner with clients to design bespoke programs for remote working, whether temporary, permanent, in full or in part, as they continue to adjust to the impact of the pandemic. We advise on the numerous legal considerations, including employment, benefits, immigration, corporate tax, data privacy and trade secrets, and we work with clients to develop policies and practices to support working arrangements, and advise on how best to manage risks and remain compliant.

Return-to-Work Multijurisdictional Advice

We provide tailored advice to companies on a wide spectrum of pandemic-related issues like local obligations concerning PPE, temperature checks and testing, health certifications, leave entitlements, data privacy guidance and more. With unparalleled global geographic reach, we are uniquely positioned to offer human resources solutions that are effective worldwide.

COVID-19 Employment Litigation Support

COVID-19-related claims are on the rise. Employers are grappling with a rush of litigation, raising new and novel theories. We provide practical advice to help reduce the risk for your company and defend the company when necessary.

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Susan Eandi is the head of Baker McKenzie's Global Employment and Labor Law practice group for North America, and chair of the California Labor & Employment practice group. She speaks regularly for organizations including ACC, Bloomberg, and M&A Counsel. Susan has been published extensively in various external legal publications in addition to handbooks/magazines published by the Firm. Susan has been recognized as a leader in employment law by The Daily Journal, Legal 500, PLC and is a Chambers ranked attorney.

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Tatiana Garces Carvajal is a lawyer and a specialist in labor law, graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, with post-graduate studies in commercial law from Universidad de los Andes. She has over 30 years of experience advising major clients on matters related to individual and collective labor law. For three years, she worked as the director in charge of the HR Department, head of the Legal Division of the Betania Plant, and as a lawyer in the Legal Department of Alcalis de Colombia. Previously, she worked as head of the Personnel Department at AGA Ltda., and as a paralegal at a law firm. In addition to her experience as professor, lecturer, author of several publications and arbitrator in labor collective disputes, she served as technical adviser to the employers’ delegate for Colombia at the 98th Session of the International Labor Organization in Geneva (2015). She also participated at the 93rd Conference (2009). She joined the Baker McKenzie Bogota office in 1992 as an associate in the Labor Law Department, and was appointed partner in July 2000. She also serves as managing partner of the Baker McKenzie Bogota office and regional leader of the Employment and Compensation group in Latin America and the Employment and Compensation practice at the Bogota office. As representative for LA, she is a member of the steering committee of the Global Employment and Compensation Group of Baker McKenzie, and in her capacity as managing partner of the Bogota office, she is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Global Policy Committee.

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George Avraam practices trial and appellate litigation. The Law Society of Ontario has designated George as a specialist in civil litigation. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, has been ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada and Ontario (Band 2), has been recommended as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 for Labour and Employment, and has been recommended as a leading employment lawyer in Lexpert. George is also the Chair of the North America Employment and Compensation Law Practice Group and a member of the Global Employment and Compensation Law Practice Group’s Steering Committee.

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Leticia Ribeiro has been recognized by the Latin Lawyer, Legal 500 and Client Choice Awards as a leading employment lawyer. Leticia joined the firm in 1998 and became partner in 2013. Frequently praised for her practical and business oriented advice, technical knowledge and creativity, over 20 years experience in advising clients on employment matters.

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Dr. Bernhard Trappehl chairs the EMEA Employment Practice Group and manages relationships with several of the Firm’s largest clients. He served as managing partner of the Firm’s German/Austrian offices between 2007 and 2012. He frequently speaks at seminars and provides in-house trainings on a wide range of employment matters, and regularly contributes to publications, books, newspapers and law journals.

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John Evason manages the employment team in London. He is a specialist employment lawyer advising on all aspects of employment law. He is ranked as a star individual in Chambers and a leading individual in Legal 500. He is a member and former chair of the Legislative and Policy Sub-Committee of the Employment Lawyers Association which provides comments to the UK government on new and amended legislation and regulations. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, and frequently contributes to various legal and personnel publications.

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Gil Roberto Zerrudo is a member of Quisumbing Torres' Management Committee, and a partner in its Employment Practice Group. He also co-heads the firm's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Industry Group. Gil participates in initiatives of Baker & McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Regional Council, the Global ASEAN Economic Community Focus Group, and Global Policy Committee. Gil has more than two decades of experience advising on various matters relating to employment and labor litigation. He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in Labor and Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific

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Michael has more than 15 years' experience as an employment law and industrial relations lawyer, acting for clients in a range of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, health and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, media and entertainment, information technology and professional services. He has developed and published compliance programs and best practice policies locally and within Asia Pacific. He is the author and a developer of CCH’s Employment Contracts Manager, a software package that builds and tailors smart employment contracts. He has also authored a large number of chapters in every edition of CCH’s Australian Master Human Resources Guide. Articles written by Michael on employment law topics have appeared in the Melbourne University Law Review, CFO Magazine, Human Capital, Lawyers Weekly, Human Resources, and CCH’s Employment Law Bulletin. He has also spoken at events arranged by the College of Law, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and various professional associations. He wrote and produced “Dismissal Impossible,” a training video on unfair dismissal and sexual harassment, for the Australian Stock Exchange. Michael regularly conducts employment-related litigation before State and Federal courts and industrial tribunals at an original and appellate level.