We are proud to introduce the first annual McDermott Global Employment Law Year in Review: 2019. The purpose of this publication is to provide you with concise summaries of many of the laws and court decisions from 2019 that significantly impact employers and employees all over the world.

Many of the updates presented in this publication describe changes in the law that are well known to lawyers and Human Resource professionals from those countries. Others are less well known. Regardless, our aim is to provide you and your colleagues with a useful reference guide to significant changes in employment law all over the world. Furthermore, we hope this guide—and similar specially designed products we create for our clients—will serve as a tool to assist multi-national businesses in their ongoing struggle to maintain a consistent global corporate culture amidst an ever-changing landscape of local employment laws.

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Photo of Brian S. Cousin Brian S. Cousin

Brian S. Cousin focuses on employment litigation and counseling, ERISA and benefits litigation, executive contract negotiations, complex commercial litigation, and international arbitration. He is head of the Firm’s International Employment Practice Group and co-head of the Firm’s ERISA and benefits litigation practice. Read

Brian S. Cousin focuses on employment litigation and counseling, ERISA and benefits litigation, executive contract negotiations, complex commercial litigation, and international arbitration. He is head of the Firm’s International Employment Practice Group and co-head of the Firm’s ERISA and benefits litigation practice. Read Brian Cousin’s full bio.

Photo of Lindsay Ditlow Lindsay Ditlow

Lindsay Ditlow is experienced in all aspects of employment law, including litigation, counselling, and corporate transactions. As a trial lawyer, Lindsay has successfully represented numerous clients in employment litigations, including cases involving claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age…

Lindsay Ditlow is experienced in all aspects of employment law, including litigation, counselling, and corporate transactions. As a trial lawyer, Lindsay has successfully represented numerous clients in employment litigations, including cases involving claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and state leave laws, the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, state discrimination and retaliation statutes, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state wage and hour laws. Read Lindsay Ditlow’s full bio.

Photo of Richard I. Scharlat Richard I. Scharlat

Richard I. Scharlat has more than 20 years’ experience in employment litigation defending management across a broad range of industries, and in ERISA matters and class actions. Read Richard Scharlat’s full bio.

Photo of Michael J. Sheehan Michael J. Sheehan

Michael J. Sheehan concentrates his practice on employment litigation with a focus on prosecuting and defending unfair competition litigation involving large scale raiding, inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and non-compete agreements. A nationally recognized litigator, Michael has extensive courtroom…

Michael J. Sheehan concentrates his practice on employment litigation with a focus on prosecuting and defending unfair competition litigation involving large scale raiding, inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and non-compete agreements. A nationally recognized litigator, Michael has extensive courtroom experience, having tried dozens of cases to verdict across the United States. He has acted as lead counsel and successfully defended private and public companies against age, gender, race, retaliation, sexual harassment and trade secret/raiding cases. He has also litigated numerous large scale wage and hour class actions in state and federal court. Read Michael Sheehan’s full bio.

Photo of Carole A. Spink Carole A. Spink

Carole A. Spink focuses her practice on international and domestic employment law counseling. Carole advises on appropriate employment structures, onboarding requirements, employment agreements, handbooks and policies, bonus and commission plans, expats, non-competes, reductions in force and terminations. She has extensive experience handling employment…

Carole A. Spink focuses her practice on international and domestic employment law counseling. Carole advises on appropriate employment structures, onboarding requirements, employment agreements, handbooks and policies, bonus and commission plans, expats, non-competes, reductions in force and terminations. She has extensive experience handling employment issues in mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate reorganizations, outsourcings as well as post acquisition integration matters. She also advises on cross-border employment compliance. Read Carole Spink’s full bio.

Photo of Christina S. Dumitrescu Christina S. Dumitrescu

Christina S. Dumitrescu focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. She represents clients in matters involving theft of trade secrets, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, claims of violation of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants, claims of discrimination and retaliation. Christina…

Christina S. Dumitrescu focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. She represents clients in matters involving theft of trade secrets, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, claims of violation of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants, claims of discrimination and retaliation. Christina has experience in matters including violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, ERISA, whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts, and Defend Trade Secrets Act. She also counsels clients on various employment law-related issues, including compliance with federal, state and local anti-discrimination and harassment laws, reductions in force, and drafts employee handbooks. Read Christina Dumitrescu’s full bio.

Photo of Mark Meredith Mark Meredith

Mark Meredith focuses his practice on complex employment litigation, corporate governance issues, trade secret disputes and class actions. Mark represents clients ranging from major financial institutions, Fortune 100 pharmaceuticals and retail stores, and premier fashion houses. He has experience litigating in state and…

Mark Meredith focuses his practice on complex employment litigation, corporate governance issues, trade secret disputes and class actions. Mark represents clients ranging from major financial institutions, Fortune 100 pharmaceuticals and retail stores, and premier fashion houses. He has experience litigating in state and federal courts throughout the United States on a variety of matters, including litigation involving wage and hour class actions, trade secret theft, restrictive covenants, WARN Act class actions, and ERISA claims. He has substantial experience advising executives and corporations with respect to employment contracts, separation agreements, and nondisclosure agreements, all with an eye toward avoiding future litigation. Read Mark Meredith’s full bio.

Photo of Dana L. Sanders Dana L. Sanders

Dana Sanders focuses her practice on various labor and employment issues. While in law school, Dana served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sidney Schenkier of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as the executive editor…

Dana Sanders focuses her practice on various labor and employment issues. While in law school, Dana served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sidney Schenkier of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as the executive editor of publication for the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal. In addition, Dana served as a research assistant and Torts tutor. Read Dana Sanders’ full bio.