On September 12, 2014, legal professionals gathered at The Bar Association of San Francisco’s International Employment Law Conference. Four workshops, presented in morning and afternoon sessions, counted for 7.5 hours of continuing legal education credit. Speakers included Roxane Marenberg and other executives in compliance, and topics ranged from whistle-blower protections to international labor standards.
The conference kicked off with “Up in the Air: What You Absolutely Need to Know before Sending U.S. Employees to Work Abroad.” Presented by a managing director from BlackRock, Inc., and a representative of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, the workshop covered employment structures, documentation, compensation and benefits, and best practices for termination.
In the second workshop, “The International Whistleblower: Legal Protections and Compliance Challenges,” Roxane Marenberg and three co-presenters discussed a wide range of topics, including extraterritoriality related to the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley reforms and how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of International Affairs triages complaints from whistle-blowers in foreign countries.
Other presentations gave information on the International Labour Organization and global labor standards, as well as what legal professionals in the United States need to understand about mergers and acquisitions in the European Union.
On September 12, 2014, the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco hosted the International Employment Law Conference. Held at the bar association headquarters on Battery Street and sponsored by inventus, the event offered seven and one-half hours of continuing legal education credit and began with a session entitled, Up in the Air, which covered crucial factors for U.S. companies to consider before sending their employees to work overseas, including issues of documentation, taxes and benefits, and termination. The event’s panel on legal protections and compliance issues as applied to international whistleblowers offered information on global concerns for global operations, as well as updates to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Its featured speakers included Thad Guyer of the Government Accountability Project, SEC staff attorney Carlos Vasquez, and Roxane Marenberg, vice president of the compliance governance office and legal services at Cisco Systems.
Offering guidance targeted at business operations in specific international regions, the International Employment Law Conference also presented Mergers and Acquisitions in the EU. The event concluded with a segment, led by Penningtons Manches partner Chris Syder, dedicated to international labor standards. The London employment law professional explored the purpose and guidelines of the International Labour Organization, including such pertinent regulatory topics as forced labor and human trafficking.