Firing Overseas Staff Is More Complicated Than You Think

Law360, New York (January 28, 2013, 1:07 PM EST) -- Firing an employee in the United States can be a challenge. Group firings — reductions in force — can be a big challenge. And from the point of view of a multinational headquartered in the United States, overseas individual dismissals and “collective redundancies” can be an intractable challenge.

As is often noted, “[u]nlike many other … countries, the default presumption in the United States is that employment is ‘at will,’ meaning an employer or employee can terminate the employment relationship for any reason or no reason at all” (Jason Schwartz and...
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