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International Employment Issues


Business success on an international level means success for both the employer as well as the employee and requires legal counsel with a worldview and the agility to manage expatriating and repatriating talent in every corner of the globe. We are adept at handling the basic processes, and drafting and implementing expatriate policies and procedures to ease employee mobility, as well as the more complex issues involved in negotiating multinational transactions and staying ahead of potential international disputes. We help U.S.–based and non–U.S. clients navigate through the document maze of work visas, work permits, employment agreements, and plan and direct logistics.

We help management teams understand the employment issues they will face in more than 22 countries. Our diverse experience enables us to advise a broad range of clients, including technology, financial services, and educational institutions. In addition, our work with energy industry clients extends our reach to almost 80 percent of the world. We stay up-to-date on geopolitical situations and pursue ongoing dialogue with diplomats and international organizations. Whether the goal is expansion or downsizing, we have the experience and authority to advise our clients on any international employment and labor matter they may face.

For more than 20 years, the Vinson & Elkins' International Employment practice has cultivated a network of strategic connections in key markets and foreign capitals to help our clients with their global business operations and the responsibilities of managing a global workforce. With this network, our clients have the convenience of relying on qualified advisors who seamlessly manage employment issues, wherever they may be.

国际雇佣事宜

企业在国际层面的业务成功意味着雇主和雇员双方的共同成功,为此企业将需要具有世界视野和敏锐头脑的法律顾问,以便对其遍布全球各地的人才输入及输出进行管理。我们的团队在处理以下事项方面均有丰富经验:处理雇佣相关的基本流程,起草并实施外派规定和规程,以降低雇员流动性,以及办理涉及跨国交易和预防国际争议过程中所产生的更加复杂的事项。本律所同时亦帮助位于美国境内外的客户办理工作签证、工作许可证和雇佣协议等繁杂文件,并对后勤保障进行规划和指导。

我们可协助管理团队了解他们在至少22个国家将会面临的各项雇佣事宜。本律所的多元化经验使得我们能够向众多行业的客户提供咨询,包括科技行业、金融服务和教育机构。此外,本律所与能源行业客户的合作现已扩大到全世界大约80%的市场。我们能够及时了解地缘政治局势的最新情况、并寻求与外交官和国际组织进行持续的对话。无论客户的目标是进行业务扩张、还是缩小业务规模,针对它们可能面临的任何国际雇佣事项和劳工事项,本律所都有向它们提供咨询的经验和能力。

二十多年来,文森·艾尔斯律师事务所已在各国的主要市场和首都建立了战略性的服务网络,以帮助本所客户进行全球化业务经营、并承担起管理全球化人力资源的责任。凭借这一网络,本律所客户能够在任何地方都更方便地垂询具有资质的法律顾问人员,并由他们对客户的雇佣事宜进行无缝式的管理。

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Practice Highlights

  • Represented a U.S. company in the formation of a joint venture involving the opening of production facilities in the U.S., Columbia, and Brazil
  • Advised a U.S. energy company on labor and employment matters related to the sale of assets in Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, and Ghana
  • Represented a Belgian software company sued in Texas state court by a Belgian employee alleging various contract and tort claims relating to stock options in the Belgian company’s U.S. parent company. The Texas Supreme Court reversed the lower court rulings allowing the case to proceed in Texas state court and dismissed the case for lack of personal jurisdiction
  • Advised a financial advisory and investment banking client on labor and employment matters in transactions which involved employees in 22 different countries with unions representing those employees in five different countries
  • Advised a Danish drilling client in the start of their operations in the United States including training the company of labor and employment laws applicable to off-shore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Assisted a large Mexican airline and a large Mexican food company in the establishment and operation of their U.S. businesses as to labor and employment relations
  • Represented a Virgin Island petroleum refining company in its appeal to the Third Circuit to enforce an arbitration agreement against employees of its contractors in the Virgin Islands. The Third Circuit reversed the ruling of the federal district court for the Virgin Islands and granted the company the right to enforce the arbitration agreement as a third party beneficiary
  • Represented a foreign-based cruise line in litigation concerning the application of U.S. laws to a ship’s operation and structure
  • V&E has counseled an Italian parent company in sensitive employment matters involving the officers and CEO of its U.S. subsidiary

执业亮点

  • 代理一家美国公司成立在美国、哥伦比亚和巴西拥有生产线的合资经营企业
  • 为一家美国能源公司就其在出售在赤道几内亚、尼日利亚、科特迪瓦、加蓬和加纳等国的资产过程中所涉及的劳工和雇佣事项提供咨询,
  • 代理一家比利时软件公司办理其在得克萨斯州法院受到的比利时雇员的起诉,该位雇员就其在该比利时公司的美国母公司所持有的股票期权提出了多项涉及合同和民事侵权的索赔主张;得克萨斯州最高法院撤销了低级法院关于允许该案在得克萨斯州进行诉讼的裁定,并以缺乏对人管辖权为由驳回了该案
  • 就各项交易里的劳工和雇佣事项而向一家金融咨询和投资银行客户提供咨询,该客户拥有位于22个不同国家的众多雇员,并且其中5个国家的雇员由工会代表
  • 在一家荷兰钻井客户在美国进行作业之初向其提供咨询,包括就适用于在墨西哥湾进行海洋钻井作业的劳工和雇佣法律而对该公司进行培训
  • 就劳工和雇佣关系而协助一家墨西哥大型航空公司和一家墨西哥大型食品公司办理它们在美国业务的设立和运营
  • 代理一家维尔京群岛炼油公司向美国联邦第三巡回法院提出的上诉,以求在维尔京群岛强制执行针对其承包商之雇员的仲裁协议。美国联邦第三巡回法院撤销了维尔京群岛联邦地区法院的裁定,并授权该公司以第三方受益人的身份强制执行前述仲裁协议
  • 为一家位于美国境外的游轮公司就美国法律在游轮经营和结构方面的适用性进行诉讼代理
  • 为一家意大利母公司就其美国子公司管理人员和首席执行官的敏感雇佣事项提供咨询