Future-proofing Your Workforce
Technological advancement, economic pressures and unexpected global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic have all led to a significant increase in appetite for agility and flexibility in workforces. Traditional employment models are being transformed, with many global organizations moving away from the typical 9-5 office work existence in favor of contingent, temporary, remote, platform-based and crowdworking models. As the use of automation and AI accelerate, in the wake of a global pandemic, there has never been a more critical time for organizations wishing to stay competitive to innovate and revolutionize their working practices.
How We Can Help
Creating a fit-for-purpose workforce while protecting business interests requires knowledge across many areas of regulation, including employment, remuneration and benefits, mobility, data privacy/protection, tax and protection of confidential information/ trade secrets. At Baker McKenzie, we have vast experience of "modern workforce" models. We work with companies rethinking their workforce to help them stay compliant in an ever-changing regulatory landscape and meet their strategic objectives for future-proofing their human resources.
Remote Working Support
We work with clients to design the right program for remote working, whether temporary, permanent, in full or in part, as they continue to adjust to the impact of the pandemic. We advise on the numerous legal considerations including employment, benefits, immigration, corporate tax, data privacy and trade secrets, and we work with clients to develop policies and practices to support working arrangements, and advise on how best to manage risks and remain compliant.
We can advise clients on the regulatory frameworks governing non-traditional workforce engagement by jurisdiction and on the likely developments globally. We can help identify countries with the highest reputational, regulatory, financial and employee relations risks of non-compliance, to assist with designing the right workforce models.
Audits and Risk Management
We can conduct global compliance audits to assess modern workforce risks in a client's business. We can advise and provide support to address the risks arising across multiple areas, such as employment, remuneration and benefits, mobility, data privacy, tax and protection of confidential information/trade secrets. Our audit service also enables us to provide practical advice to mitigate risk before a joint/related employer claim is brought.
Litigation and Crisis Support
Our experienced employment litigators can provide rapid counsel, support and resource planning for misclassification claims, class actions, taxation authority challenges, joint/related employer threats, criminal allegations, dawn raids and information security breaches.