• Going Global: How Being Mindful of U.S. Immigration and Employee Benefits Law Can Ease Workforce Expansion

    June 27 2012, 08:30 - 08:30
    Location: AmCham – 77 rue de Miromesnil 75008 Paris

    Globalization has led to a mobile and transient workforce, with many French companies operating throughout the world. As companies “go global” to stay competitive in the international marketplace, many face complex and intimidating regulations when bringing workers to the U.S. – particularly related to immigration and employee benefits laws, which require careful planning to successfully navigate.

    Please join us for a complimentary seminar on June 27 as Labor and Employment attorneys from Nixon Peabody’s U.S. offices present on what employers should consider when expanding their presence in the U.S. They will be joined by Pascal Guinot, an experienced labor and employment attorney in Nixon Peabody’s Paris office.

    Among other topics, we will discuss the following:

    • Working in the U.S. – immigration options and challenges
    • Establishing employee benefits plans for U.S. employees
    • Traps for the unwary under both immigration and benefits law

    Eric Paley is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation team within the Labor and Employment practice group. Eric focuses his practice on the law and regulations governing retirement plans (e.g., pension, profit-sharing, 401(k), and 403(b) plan compliance), welfare plans (e.g., group health plan, group insurance plan, cafeteria plan, HIPAA, and COBRA compliance), nonqualified deferred compensation plans and equity compensation plans. A significant portion of Eric’s practice also involves counseling retirement and welfare plan committees on their fiduciary responsibilities under ERISA. Eric has represented publicly traded and privately held manufacturing and consumer retailers in a variety of benefits matters. He also represents not-for-profit clients such as large multi-hospital health systems, colleges and universities, and nationally and internationally recognized arts organizations and museums.
    For several years, he also served as the deputy general counsel of Medeva Pharmaceuticals in Rochester, New York.

    Courtney New provides strategic legal advice to individual and corporate clients on all aspects of U.S. business immigration. She represents a wide range of clients, from start-ups to large multi-national corporations, in an array of industries—including utilities, energy, health care, manufacturing, environmental, life sciences, technology, publishing, shipping, entertainment and education.
    Courtney helps clients successfully navigate the complexities and challenges involved in securing non-immigrant visas, permanent residence, labor certification and naturalization. She has significant experience designing global mobility strategies to fit each client’s unique business needs and offers clients cost-effective immigration solutions that facilitate the hire and retention of top talent.

    Pascal Guinot has extensive experience in labor and social security law. He advises companies and top level executives on any issue relating to labor law. He has a strong background in analyzing how economic events such as mergers, business transfers, outsourcing, and staff reduction plans impact employment in national and international contexts. He also advises clients on compensation schemes (remuneration plans, employee savings plans, share option plans, and free share option schemes), social security systems (pension schemes and contingency funds), and working time regulations. Pascal also has several years of industrial court experience. He regularly publishes articles in the specialized press in France and participates as a lecturer in seminars. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Pascal was a partner at Taylor Wessing in Paris.

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