There is no question that the pandemic has changed the future of work. From an increased focus on health and safety to transitioning to permanent (or indefinite) remote work, or preparing for business transformation, companies are facing critical business challenges in regard to their most important asset — their people.

How We Can Help

Baker McKenzie's Employment and Compensation attorneys have unmatched expertise in guiding global employers through uncertain times. We partner with clients to create safe and agile workforce models, tailoring an approach unique to your business to help you maintain business continuity and futureproof your organization.

Workforce Restructuring

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Many companies are looking to restructure their workforce as they seek to combat the effects of the pandemic and transform their business models. With extensive experience managing business change and disruption, we help clients through major business changes, whether it be layoffs and redundancies (or other cost-cutting measures) or strategic transactions to align synergies and unlock value.

Agile Workforce Planning

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We partner with clients to design bespoke programs 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.

Return-to-Work Multijurisdictional Advice

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We provide tailored advice to companies on a wide spectrum of pandemic-related issues like local obligations concerning PPE, temperature checks and testing, health certifications, leave entitlements, data privacy guidance and more. With unparalleled global geographic reach, we are uniquely positioned to offer human resources solutions that are effective worldwide.

COVID-19 Employment Litigation Support

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COVID-19-related claims are on the rise. Employers are grappling with a rush of litigation, raising new and novel theories. We provide practical advice to help reduce the risk for your company and defend the company when necessary.