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Global SIG Event: “A Tale of Two Cities: Brexit in the UK and Labor Law reforms in France"
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When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Where: Jackson Lewis
666 Third Avenue
29th Floor
New York City, New York 
United States
Contact: NYC SHRM

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New York City SHRM's Global Special Interest Group presents:


“A Tale of Two Cities: Brexit in the UK and Labor Law reforms in France”


In our focus on the turbulent politics of the U.S., we may overlook that equal or even greater controversy and fundamental change are emerging in many parts of Europe.  We will focus on two of the major developments impacting European workplace law:  the Brexit process by which the UK is withdrawing from the European Union, and the labor law reforms initiated by the newly elected French President Emanuel Macron.  In this “Tale of Two Cities”, we will see that nationalism vs. globalism is a common theme across borders but can reach very different results in different countries. 


In the UK, we will discuss how the nationalist transformation from the influence of EU Directives to purely local law may affect the most important issues faced by HR personnel:  protection against unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, collective redundancy consultations, the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) (“TUPE”) regulations, discrimination, wage/hour, and immigration.   In France, we will see an almost reverse process where globalism wins out, as the uniquely employee-protective French law becomes more favorable to global employers in wrongful termination litigation, consultation with employees and their representatives, redeployment obligations, collective dismissals and other matters. 


This session will highlight how the the ever changing world of politics, economics, legal and many other global factors influence the day-to-day Human Resource activities and require Human Resources professionals to be knowledgeable, strategic and highly adaptable.


This session has been submitted for 1.5 credits toward HRCI and SHRM.



·         Date:   February 20, 2018

·         Time:  8:30 – 10:00 A.M. (Networking, with light breakfast items until the presentation starts promptly at 8:45 a.m.)

·         Location: Jackson Lewis P.C., 666 Third Avenue (at 42nd Street), 29th Floor, N.Y.

·         Photo identification is required to enter the facility.


Registration Process:

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Non-New York City SHRM members who would like to attend this program can register as a guest for $20.




John L. Sander

Principal, New York

P 212-545-4050

F 212-972-3213


John L. Sander is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is also co-leader of the International Employment Issues Practice Group, and Chairman of L&E Global, the international alliance of employers’ counsel. His practice focuses on cross-border labor and employment matters for our multinational clients. He is also Adjunct Professor of Law in Global Labor and Employment Law at Cornell Law School.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Sander served in senior in-house roles for more than 16 years at Merck & Co., Inc. and its predecessor, Schering-Plough Corporation. At Merck, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, leading the team responsible for labor and employment law matters outside the U.S. Before the merger of Merck and Schering-Plough, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Schering-Plough, where he managed the employment law group, responsible for labor, employment, and immigration counseling and litigation within the U.S. and globally. At Schering-Plough, he also at various times served as head of commercial litigation (responsible for product liability, Lanham Act, a wide variety of general commercial litigation and international arbitrations) and as general counsel to the consumer healthcare and generic divisions of the Company, as well as managed the compliance and corporate security functions within the law department. Before joining the Schering-Plough law department, he was a litigator at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker.

Mr. Sander has substantial experience in international dispute resolution processes and their reform. He has served as Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration, and was a member of the Drafting Sub-Committee responsible for the 2011 revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration. He has also served as a member of the ICC Working Group on the Role of In-house Counsel in International Dispute Resolution. He is currently a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the USCIB Arbitration Committee.

He is President of Pro Bono Partnership, a nationallyrecognized non-profit which provides business legal services and educational resources to community-based and public interest organizations in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Westchester County, New York, by leveraging pro bono services of volunteer attorneys from corporations and law firms throughout the region.

Mr. Sander is a frequent speaker and panelist at seminars sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, Association of Corporate Counsel, International Bar Association, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, American Conference Institute, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and others on a variety of topics including international arbitration, employment law, product liability, consumer fraud claims, class actions, protection of trade secrets, e-discovery, and conduct of internal investigations. He is an author of and contributor to numerous articles and publications on cross-border employment law.

While attending law school, he served as Article Editor of the Cornell Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. Joseph L. Tauro of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.

Professional Associations and Activities

· American Corporate Counsel Association

· International Chamber of Commerce

· New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Past Board of Directors Member

· New York City Bar Association




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