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Conference Co-Chairs Pascale Lagesse Bredin Prat, Paris; Senior Vice-Chai , IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee Dirk Jan Rutgers DLA Pipe , Amsterdam; Chai , IBA Discrimination Law Committee

Thursday 18 February

0800 – 1730 Registration

0800 – 0900 Welcome coffee/tea

0900 – 0915 Welcome remarks by Conference Co-Chairs Pascale Lagesse Dirk Jan Rutgers

Programme Chair Manishi Pathak Kochhar & Co, New Delhi; Communications Office , IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee

Programme Vice-Chair Amit Bhasin Law Offices of Bhasin & Bhasin Associates, New Delhi; Membership Office , IBA Discrimination Law Committee

First day overview: doing business in India, China and other Asian countries What are the current legal standards that international businesses must adhere to if they conduct business in India, China and other Asian countries? What is the role of the ILO, NGOs and unions in establishing employment standards, codes of conduct and best ethical business practices? What are the local practices and customs?

0915 – 0945 Opening address by local speaker

0945 – 1245 Session one Starting a business This plenary session will lead into four focus groups that will address the labour law issues that organisations should be aware of when hiring and maintaining employees in India, China or other Asian countries. Topics to be covered will include immigration and recruiting, drafting of employment contracts, day-to-day management and implementation of global policies, performance management and termination of employment.

Moderators Johan Lubbe Jackson Lewis LL , New York; Development Office , IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee Helen McKenzie Blake Dawson, Sydney; Corporate Counsel Forum Liaison Office , IBA Discrimination Law Committee

Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Legal Education For delegates from countries where CPD/CLE is mandatory, the International Bar Association will be pleased to provide a Conference Certificate of Attendance which, subject to the exact CPD/CLE requirements, may be used to obtain the equivalent accreditation in your jurisdiction.

This conference has been accredited for CPD/CLE by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales. Delegates should ask staff at the registration desk for information as to how to obtain the hours.

Focus Group 1 Immigration and recruiting

  • Key immigration issues to be aware of when hiring expatriate


  • The ‘dos and don’ts’ of employee recruiting, screening and testing

  • Best practices for avoiding discrimination claims from job applicants

Moderator Helen McKenzie

Speakers Shalini Agarwal ALMT Legal, London; Corporate Counsel Forum Liaison Office , IBA Immigration and Nationality Law Committee Jacqueline Bart Jacqueline Bart Immigration Law Professional Corporation, oronto David L Bitel Parish Patience Immigration Lawyers, Sydney Anke Freckmann Osborne Clarke, Cologne Noor Meurling Soebagjo Jatim Djarot, Jakarta John Wilson John Wilson Partners, Colombo; Website Office , IBA Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee

Focus Group 2 Employment contracts

  • Drafting an employment contract: are there mandatory terms that must be included in the contract? Can employment contracts be structured differently if the employee is an expatriate?

  • Restrictive covenants: can employers impose non-compete and/ or non-solicitation covenants on employees? Are such covenants restricted to certain categories of employees?

  • How to draft an effective non-compete and non-solicitation covenant.

Moderators Manishi Pathak Gerlind Wisskirchen CMS Hasche Sigle, Cologne; Vice-Chai , IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee

Speakers Sandeep Chowdhary Bharti Wal-Mart, New Delhi Hemant Kumar Ispat Industries, Mumbai Charles Laubach Afridi & Angell, Abu Dhabi Attilio Pavone offoletto e Soci, Milan Martin Reufels Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Cologne Patrick Thiébart Jeantet Associés, Paris

Focus Group 3 Day-to-day management and implementation of global policies

  • Are there advantages to having local managers as opposed to expatriates?

  • How to successfully balance corporate culture with local practices and customs.

  • Best practices for implementing global codes of conduct, employee handbooks, ethics hotlines and similar policies.

Moderators Els de Wind Van Doorne, Amsterdam; Vice-Chai , IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee Johan Lubbe

Speakers Kerry Notestine Littler Mendelson, Houston Sunil Prabhune Deputy General Manage , Human Resources, ICICI Bank Ltd, Mumbai Roselyn Sands Ernst & Young Société d’Avocats, Paris Carmo Sousa Machado Abreu Advogados, Lisbon Andrew Turner Australian Industry Group, Brisbane

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