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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

Keep Calm and Carry On: How Brexit Will Affect American Businesses

With many media channels and American businesses still wondering about Brexit, we wanted to cut through the noise and answer questions about recent UK and EU developments and what impact they might have (or might not have) on U.S. multinational companies. With a calming message of “Keep Calm and Carry On,” our cross-practice panel of London and U.S. employment, data privacy, and international arbitration practitioners explain how to navigate a post-Brexit/post-GDPR world. 

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Local Opportunity for Education on International Matters

For those of you located in Texas, you have no doubt noticed how important international legal matters can be for Texas employers. With the significant international trade that occurs in Texas, both along its border with Mexico and from all of its ports and airports, it is important to have an understanding of different legal issues related to international business. With this goal in mind, the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is sponsoring its Annual Institute on April 5 and 6 in Houston. You can see details here. This is one of those rare opportunities to “travel around the world” right here in Houston.

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Stop, Prioritize, and Simplify – the Mantra for a Better Health and Safety Program

Over the past year, we have held several roundtable discussions with safety and operations managers in which we have talked about the challenges of improving safety and health systems at the same time that top managers are trying to cut costs. Based on the helpful feedback that we received from many of the safety managers and operations managers who participated in these discussions, consultants from ERM helped us come up with a three-step mantra for addressing this problem: Stop, Prioritize, and Simplify.

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How to Define Environmental Health and Safety Services

The lawyers in the safety practice here at Vinson & Elkins, along with our friends at ERM, recently held a round table discussion with management from several local companies concerning risk management. During our conversation, one company representative said, “EHSS [Environmental Health and Safety Services] is a value creator, not just a cost center as it has been historically defined . . . if you define it correctly.” This is an excellent point.

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Cuba: Can a U.S. Company Send a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to Work There?

The door to Cuba for U.S. businesses is slowly opening. However, before you make plans for one of your U.S. employees to move to Cuba, you need to pay attention to the specifics of the U.S. regulations on that point. It is important to understand that U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and others subject to U.S. jurisdiction can only work in Cuba under certain limited circumstances provided in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, administered by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

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Thomas H. Wilson

Thomas H. Wilson Partner

Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel

Sean Becker

Sean Becker Partner

Stephen M. Jacobson

Stephen M. Jacobson Partner

Martin C. Luff

Martin Luff Counsel

Lawrence S. Elbaum Partner

S. Grace Ho

S. Grace Ho Counsel

Robert Sheppard

Robert Sheppard Associate