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Collective Employment Relations

We strongly believe good cooperation with employees is the cornerstone of business success, so we always aim to resolve any issues in constructive, efficient and peaceful ways. Our employment law experts have extensive experience in collective bargaining across the Baltic states and Belarus, having advised companies employing thousands of people, and successfully negotiated with trade unions and other employee representatives. When and where the law requires an internal works council to be in place, we help with establishing it and assist in its day-to-day dealings, as well as training and educating council members. Many of our clients operate globally and rely on us for help with EU-level employee representation, such as appointing local employee representatives to European Works Councils, as well as employee participation in cross-border mergers and the establishment of European Companies (SEs).

We can help you with

  • Information and consultation with different types of employee representative bodies
  • Collective bargaining negotiations and agreements
  • Collective disputes and strikes
  • Collective lay-offs
  • Establishment of and cooperation with European Works Councils
  • Employee participation in cross-border mergers and SEs

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Experience

  • Legal adviser

    Nordea

    Advising largest financial services group in northern Europe on employee participation in cross-border Baltic merger involving multiple jurisdictions – applicable rules, procedures and questions on employee involvement/participation

  • Legal Adviser

    Nokia

    Assisting Finnish multinational telecoms, IT, and consumer electronics company in carrying out employee information process in Latvia on business transfer when client acquired part of business globally from another company

  • Legal Adviser

    Nasdaq

    Advice on organising elections of employee representatives to Special Negotiation Body and its work ‒ one step in the process of creation of SE

  • Legal Adviser

    Aurelius Group

    Advising pan-European investment group on acquisition of Coats and on local business transfer agreements in the Baltics as well as closing matters, including transfer of employees in the Baltic States

  • Legal Adviser

    Outokumpu

    Assisting stainless steel production company with business service centre in Lithuania in election of Works Council and preparation of agreement with Works Council

  • Legal Adviser

    Amber Grid

    Successfully defending main operator of Lithuania’s natural gas transmission system in a collective dispute plus forming Lithuanian court practice

  • Legal Adviser

    PUMA Baltic

    Advising the third largest sportswear manufacturer worldwide on closing branch stores and collective lay-offs in Estonia to a short deadline

  • Legal Adviser

    HKScan Estonia

    Advising on collective employment dispute during public conciliation procedure and on employer’s rights while employees are on strike