Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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Global Human Capital Solutions

People are the lifeblood of any organization. Managing any workforce presents numerous challenges and risks. Employers must negotiate a labyrinth of federal and state regulation built by agencies concerned with a broad range of issues that encompass tax, labor, immigration, securities and homeland security matters.

For companies doing business internationally, the management task is even more burdensome. Today’s global organizations must comply with employees’ legal rights under regulatory frameworks that vary from country to country. In any event, whether domestically or globally, and in addition to complying with applicable laws, businesses must meet their employees’ professional and personal needs – all while being mindful of cultural considerations.

Greenberg Traurig’s Global Human Capital Solutions group was formed directly in response to our clients’ needs. We advise businesses on virtually every U.S. legal matter that can involve their employees. In addition, we counsel U.S. entities operating in foreign countries, U.S. entities engaging labor from both within and outside of the United States, and foreign entities operating and/or engaging labor within the United States. To ensure that our clients’ legal needs are addressed efficiently, effectively and in a manner that considers the critical issues, we have implemented a multidisciplinary approach that brings together lawyers and professionals from across the firm and with experience in practice areas such as Tax, Global Benefits & Compensation, Labor & Employment, and Business Immigration & Compliance. Working closely with our clients, the Global Human Capital Solutions Group provides legal and practical strategies and services to address their most complicated human capital challenges.

We assist clients with a broad range of human capital-related issues, including:

Managing Risk and Compliance

Our goal is to help you reduce your costs and increase efficiency by avoiding problems before they arise. We are able to provide guidance on compliance, due diligence and integration issues across all disciplines thereby helping to reduce your risk.

Hiring and Staffing with Internationally Mobile Employees

  • Draw on our team’s wide-ranging knowledge of immigration issues and benefit planning strategies
  • Help clients address these issues as their employees change benefit plans

Employment Agreements

  • Assist in drafting enforceable restrictive covenants
  • Provide tax-effective and 409A-compliant compensation arrangements
  • Handle securities filings for public companies

Payroll and Employment Taxes

  • Advise on payroll and tax considerations in the United States and other countries, including income tax, equalization and social charges
  • Assist companies in structuring compensation packages to take advantage of tax treaties and tax benefits available in each country
  • Draw on the experience of GT tax attorneys who design and implement international benefits programs to help ensure maximum tax effectiveness

Wage & Hour

  • Assist companies in developing systems to ensure compliance with U.S. citizenship and immigration services, Department of Labor and State Department regulations
  • Assist with H-1B and H-2B Visas
  • Advise on the issues related to leased employers and contractors

Immigration, Visas and Work Permits

  • Work with a broad network of immigration professionals in foreign centers of commerce and government to assist clients with processing temporary and permanent visas to allow entry and work in foreign countries
  • Advise on the immigration issues involved with employees returning to the United States
  • Assist with employer sanctions, compliance and I-9 requirements

Alternative Labor Sources

  • Draft and negotiate contracts with independent contractors and third-party providers to help ensure our clients’ companies are protected

Global Employee Benefits

  • Provide advice and services with respect to executive employment agreements, and equity or other forms of executive compensation, as well as life insurance, health insurance, severance pay and other forms of welfare plans that fit with the unique needs of a company’s global employees
  • Assist in the creation of benefit plans that work seamlessly with local laws and customs

Unions

  • Provide a wide range of services, from initial counseling to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and National Mediation Board proceedings
  • Help employers maintain positive relations with their employees while avoiding the expense and disruption of litigation

Company Policies

  • Provide guidance on compliance issues related to hiring and termination procedures and employee manuals
  • Draft policies, employment agreements, non-competition agreements and severance agreements

Terminations

  • Advise clients on termination laws, as each country and jurisdiction bring with them different and often confusing rules and regulations
  • Counsel clients regarding:
  • Seconded employees returning to the United States
  • The risks of terminating employment of U.S. employees while they are overseas
  • Visa/immigration issues for returning U.S. employees
  • Benefit plan and tax issues for returning U.S. employees
  • Termination of local hires under applicable local laws
  • Legal claims (severance, bonus, benefits and indemnity)

Reductions in Force/Downsizing

  • Assist clients in navigating the procedures and costs involved in downsizing or closing their offices or operations under local laws
  • Advise on issues associated with seconded employees, as well as litigating contested employee claims

Employment Litigation

  • Provide a full range of services for labor relations, from initial counseling to NLRB hearings to appellate court practice
  • Draw on the litigation capabilities of GT’s Labor & Employment Practice, which encompass:
  • Class actions
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Wage and hour
  • Trade secrets and unfair competition
  • ERISA
  • Workplace violence
  • Collective bargaining and related matters
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Union arbitrations
  • Workplace environmental and safety

Legal Compliance

  • Advise on the application of both U.S. laws and local laws to employees working overseas

International Labor Agreements & Treaties

  • Provide guidance on immigration controls, employment standards, union policies and employee labor protection standards

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Diversity

At Greenberg Traurig, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual attorneys at Greenberg Traurig are committed to nurturing diversity throughout the firm and creating an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively.

For us, diversity is about taking action - opening doors for lawyers.

That commitment is reflected by the fact that overall, 40 percent of Greenberg Traurig's attorneys worldwide are women or minorities as defined by the American Bar Association. As of Dec. 31, 2014, our U.S. employees, including attorneys and staff, who met the definition of minority persons reflected a total of 29 percent of our employment base. Approximately 32 percent of our U.S. attorneys and 52 percent of our U.S. employees are women.

Greenberg Traurig's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond any single committee. Committees cannot nurture; they cannot mentor; they cannot create an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively. Committees do not lead. Our diverse attorneys however, can and do.


* We welcome and reflect the communities we represent better than any other major law firm in our markets.

* We do not simply rely on a "committee" to achieve this.

* We do so through a commitment to providing a fair opportunity for each of us to reach our full potential.

* We have the personal dedication of many at Greenberg Traurig who identify and bring into our firm this very special diversity.

* The Minority Law Journal 2014 Diversity Scorecard has recognized us as follows:
o No. 1 Ranking, African American Partners
o No. 1 Ranking, Hispanic American Non-Partners
o No. 2 Ranking, Hispanic American Partners


* The National Law Journal has previously recognized our attorneys as among:
o No. 2 Ranking, Female Partner Numbers, Female Scorecard (2013)
o "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (Three) (2008)
o "The 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys" (Two) (2007)
o "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America"
(Two diverse attorneys; three total) (2006)


Diversity in Action: Fostering Diversity in the Profession and Preserving the Pipeline

Greenberg Traurig's Diversity Leadership Community has initiatives that focus on fostering an environment within the firm that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion, and increasing diversity in the profession by increasing access to a legal education for minority students. Helping today's law students and lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders means a larger, more diverse marketplace and a greater pool of talented professionals. And that means more business opportunities for everyone - our firm, our colleagues and, most importantly, our clients.
 
In this way, our approach to diversity and inclusion mandates a high-level of personal responsibility with regard to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Attorneys in recruiting, hiring and supervisory roles are continuously made aware of the progress of our efforts. Our personal approach to diversity and inclusion means that Greenberg Traurig lawyers are active at their alma maters and at law schools local to their offices, participating in such programs as career panels; "Meet the Employer" days; and mock interviews, among others.

It has been, and continues to be, our goal to create a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.

Greenberg Traurig creates and supports partner programs with women, minority, gay/lesbian or disability-focused bar associations. We attend and sponsor events at these organizations regularly throughout the United States. The firm works closely with national and local minority bars to address the fostering of diversity and inclusion in the profession on many levels. We support the work of several organizations, including MCCA, NAPABA, NASABA, NBA, NLGBTBA, HRC, HNBA and others.

Additionally, we provide funding through the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups. Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and has invested approximately $8 million to support, in whole or in part, almost 127 Equal Justice Works Fellows since 1999.

We invite clients to join us as we work towards:

* Cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and potential clients to leverage our diversity platform to create and deepen relationships and cultivate business opportunities.

* Encouraging our lawyers to facilitate opportunities for our diverse and women lawyers to develop relationships with clients before and after new matters are received.

* Broadening the pipeline of diverse attorneys by expanding relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations through our combined support of these networks.

* Focusing on strengthening mentoring programs for female and diverse attorneys at every level.

* Instituting a program that provides a variety of mentoring, rainmaking and training opportunities that can be accessed by a wide range of diverse attorneys across a variety of underserved communities.

* Engaging our Affinity Groups and their allies as a forum for professional development and business development opportunities, as well as for recruiting and retention assistance and as a social exchange to promote inclusion.

Diversity in Action: Employee Resource Networks

Greenberg Traurig's Employee Resource Networks (Affinity Groups) have the goal of addressing the needs of our attorneys and professionals who are diverse. We support Affinity Groups for our attorneys who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, LGBT and women, and we continue to gauge opportunities to expand those groups as our needs and demographics dictate.

The firm's Affinity Groups are as follows:

* African American Affinity Group

* Asian Pacific American Affinity Group

* Hispanic American Affinity Group

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

* South Asian American Affinity Group

* Women's Initiative

Our goals include:

* Mentoring of junior attorneys within the specific group;

* Recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys;

* Active participation in organizations addressing specific groups; and

* Serving as a forum for group members to discuss and explore issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships.

Women's Initiative

As an example of our approach, Greenberg Traurig's firm-wide Women's Initiative focuses on retaining and supporting women attorneys through professional development and work/life balance initiatives, as well as through business development training programs and networking opportunities.

We work with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities.

Our program targets:

* Attracting and retaining talented women attorneys.

* Supporting business development for women attorneys.

* Serving as industry leaders.

* Impacting the community through leadership and service.

* Maintaining a culture that benefits women attorneys.

Diversity in Action: Suppliers

Greenberg Traurig is committed to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises (DBE & SBE) suppliers.

As such:

* All business concerns, large and small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete.

* A national director of procurement within the firm supports this practice.

* We are committed to diversity with respect to our vendors and suppliers.

* We are amenable to using diverse vendors and suppliers recommended by clients.

Diversity from the Top Down

Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, leads our diversity efforts. This is a matter of personal responsibility for him, having entered the U.S. as an immigrant with humble beginnings.

He has previously been honored as follows:

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic National Bar Foundation

* "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of Poder

* "25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine, The Power Issue

* "President's Award of Merit for Diversity Efforts," The Florida Bar

* "Spirit of Excellence Award," ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

* "CEO of the Year" award, Multicultural Law Magazine

* "Attorney of the Year Award," Hispanic National Bar Association

 

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