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In-depth cross-border labour and employment law articles and publications are available via the L&E Global Knowledge Centre.

L&E GLOBAL ALLIANCE

Harmers is the Australian member firm for L&E Global

L&E GLOBAL is an international alliance of law firms, which provide counsel to employers on labour relations, employment law, immigration law and employee benefits.

L&E Global’s client service strategy is effectively responding to economic challenges and changing client expectations, as well as the internationalisation of legal services by delivering simplified attorney-client relationships in regards to billing, and overall advice and counsel, by offering clients a one-stop shop for all of their employment law needs.

L&E Global has 23 international members, which have more than 1,500 attorneys across 5 continents with firms in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In addition, L&E Global has established law firm relationships in more than 28 other important international business regions.

By aligning their forces together, through L&E Global, these independent law firms become a global resource for businesses working on complex cross-border labour and employment projects.

LATEST L&E GLOBAL ANNUAL PUBLICATIONS:

L&E Global’s Employment Law Overviews 2019-2020 Global Edition
L&E Global’s Employment Law Overviews 2019-2020 Global Edition guide is now available! As the proud Australian L&E Global member firm, Harmers Workplace Lawyers is delighted to provide the Australian chapter. The Global Edition guide outlines the employment law regime across 20+ key jurisdictions worldwide. In keeping with the principal themes of Pre-Employment, Employment and Post-Employment issues, the Global Edition delivers invaluable insight into the fundamental labour and employment law matters that national and international employers need to be aware of.
Please click here to download or read the publication.

L&E Global’s Fourth Annual Global Handbook:
Employees vs Independent Contractors
May 2017
This handbook includes analysis from 32 key jurisdictions across 6 continents (complete with an Australian chapter drafted by Harmers Workplace Lawyers).  Since last touching upon the issue of “Employees vs Independent Contractors” and the consequences of the re-characterisation of a contractor into an employee back in 2014, there has been a universal effort to eliminate “sham” contracts, which are commercial contractor arrangements that seek to mask the existence of an employment relationship.
Please click here to download the publication

L&E Global’s Third Annual Publication:
Employment Litigation: Procedures, Remedies and Best Practices
April 2016
This comprehensive publication has been expanded from the 2015 edition (below) to include contributions from 28 L&E Global firms across 5 continents and will be a valuable resource for all HR and in-house legal departments, as well as other professionals who manage and defend employment claims.
Please click here to download the publication.

L&E Global’s Second Annual Publication:
Employment Litigation: Procedures, Remedies and Best Practices
April 2015
For employers with operations in multiple jurisdictions, litigation over disputes related to employment matters is a very real concern, which applies to every sector of industry, in every region of the world. This comprehensive publication includes contributions from 18 L&E Global firms and will be a valuable resource for all HR professionals.
Please click here to download the publication.

L&E Global’s First Annual Global Handbook:
Employees vs Independent Contractors
28 May 2014
Harmers Workplace Lawyers is delighted to provide you with the first annual L&E Global handbook on Employees vs Independent Contractors. This comprehensive publication includes analysis on the difference between a contractor and an employee and the potential re-characterisation of a contractor as an employee. Contributions have been provided from 15 L&E Global country member firms. It is a valuable resource for all HR professionals.
Please click here to download the publication.

L&E Global’s Knowledge Centre: http://knowledge.leglobal.org/

L&E GLOBAL – AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

Chambers Global ranked L&E Global in the “Band 1 Global – Wide Employment Law Network” category for 2013 – 2017; and ranked an “Elite” Global Law Firm Network in 2018.

L&E Global won The Lawyer European Awards 2016 for “Global Network of the Year”; and affiliated member in China, Zhong Lun Law Firm, was awarded The Lawyer European Awards 2016 for “Law firm of the year: Asia”.

Chambers Global ranked L&E Global in the Band 1 Global – Wide Employment Law Network category for 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.

The Financial Times commended L&E Global as an Innovator in Growth and Business in the prestigious FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2015,  an Innovator for International Strategy in 2013 and Legal Industry Pioneer in the 2012 report.

L&E Global was named a finalist for Best Leadership of Innovation, Best Managed International Firm, Best Provision of Know-How, Best Thought Leadership and Best Strategic Leadership for the MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2015 by the UK based Managing Partners Forum. L&E Global was previously a  finalist for Best Emerging Firm for the MPF Awards For Management Excellence 2013.

L&E Global was recognised by PLC Which Lawyer? Super League report on international employment law and employee benefits.

Chambers Global named L&E Global a Leading Employment Law Network in the Chambers Global 2012 Spotlight Table on Legal Networks.

L&E Global was the headline sponsor of the IBA Employment and Discrimination Law Conferences in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; and has sponsored the upcoming conference in Mexico City in 2016.

The Lawyers World Awards 2013 honoured L&E Global with the award of Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year – Belgium.