The Dutch and UK Deliveroo rulings show that similar scenarios can have vastly different outcomes in different jurisdictions. Entrepreneurs planning to expand internationally must be mindful of the variances in legal frameworks and regulations across borders. A lack of preparation for international expansion can lead to costly setbacks rather than successful growth.
Since the implementation of the EU Directive on transparent and predictable terms of employment the Dutch law explicitly states that employer is obliged to have the employee follow training and courses necessary for his/her job at the employer’s expenses.
This year, Edith Nordmann, ACG International’s Managing Partner, was invited to be the Dutch member of the Task Force Future of Work, Skilling and Mobility under the Business 20 (B20 (of the G20 2023)). Edith Nordmann attended the B20 Summit meeting with approximately 100 esteemed professionals from around the world specialised in the field of employment.
Following the B20 Summit ACG International’s Managing Partner summarized this important meeting for FD.
ICLG – Employment & Labour Law with exclusive contribution from ACG International
Adopting the Directive is the first step in making salaries more transparent as the lack of pay transparency has proven to be one of the main obstacles, if not the major one in closing the gender pay gap women (of EU) so badly need.
Edith Nordmann, Managing Partner & Attorney at Law at ACG International, was felicitated with the “Outstanding Leadership Award” at the Law 2.0 Conference for her exceptional contributions to the global legal sector. She was recognized before established industry professionals at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, UAE, on December 16–18, 2022.
Her exceptional contributions to the legal sector paved her way to receiving global recognition at the Law 2.0 Conference.
A summary dismissal is very drastic and a last resort to allow the employer to dismiss an employee immediately in case of an urgent reason. Theft, fraud, threats and violence come to mind when asked for a reason, but refusal of work without good reason can also lead to summary dismissal.
An employer, as the stronger party, is expected to handle summary dismissal with due diligence and exercise due diligence towards an employee based on good employment practice.
In the case of summary dismissal, the relationship between the requirement of promptness and the duty of care taken must be considered.
Proper preparation can ensure that the employer is not caught off guard by the court. Taking timely legal advice is one of them. ACG International is specialised and experienced in assisting both employers and employees in issues of (dismissal) grounds. It is important for both employers and employees that these matters are and remain on the right track.
Despite the efforts of policy makers, the pay gap (the difference between men’s and women’s wages) remains a major problem to be addressed. It can seem overwhelming and often employers do not know exactly where and how to start. Such issues can cause problems and create a tense working atmosphere. ACG International can help employers create transparency.
Edith Nordmann is managing partner at ACG International. Prior to that she has worked for fifteen years as an attorney for international clients. In this interview we meet her.