• Collective Dismissals in Europe: Changes in France and the United Kingdom
  • June 28, 2013
  • Law Firm: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP - New York Office
  • European Union employers are required by an EU directive to consult with employees and their representatives, including works councils (an existing employee representative body), when proposing collective dismissals to downsize a workforce due to employee redundancies. EU member states have flexibility when implementing this directive, which has resulted in subtle (and not-so-subtle) variations to requirements in local jurisdictions based on a state’s pre-existing local laws and economic and political circumstances. These differing requirements can have a significant impact on the timing and implementation of a purchaser’s proposal for a target business, particularly when the acquisition hinges on the approval of a downsizing related to a redundancy.