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Welcome to the Global Workforce Podcast, your go-to resource for managing remote teams. In each episode, host George Britton sits down with industry experts (from legal, IPO, M&A, GSI, PE and many more), to discuss and discover actionable insights to solve the challenges global workforces face.

If you’re looking to optimise your business growth and freedom, and create work experiences that see your employees and their skills thrive — anywhere and everywhere — this is the show for you!

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Welcome to the Global Workforce Podcast, your go-to resource for managing remote teams. In each episode, host George Britton sits down with industry experts (from legal, IPO, M&A, GSI, PE and many more), to discuss and discover actionable insights to solve the challenges global workforces face.

If you’re looking to optimise your business growth and freedom, and create work experiences that see your employees and their skills thrive — anywhere and everywhere — this is the show for you!

    Tackling global worker classification challenges with Raoul Parekh of Littler

    Tackling global worker classification challenges with Raoul Parekh of Littler

    In this episode, we’re joined by Raoul Parekh, Partner in the London office of Littler, the largest global employment law firm.
     
    Together, we delve into the complexities of worker classification and international employment law. Raoul specialises in helping multinational companies solve employment law problems and co-leads the London office's international practice.

    Key Takeaways:
    (00:45) The growing importance of understanding employee classification in a globalised business environment.
    (03:16) The importance of correctly identifying employees versus contractors to avoid legal pitfalls.
    (04:00) The consequences of being an employee include protection from termination, unlike contractors.
    (06:19) Different employment lawyers can give different answers about worker classification.
    (08:00) In most countries, you’re either employed or self-employed.
    (10:48) There is no harmonisation across the EU member states regarding worker classification.
    (12:24) In some countries, regulatory bodies lead enforcement, while in others, it's up to individual contractors.
    (16:07) Employees can file a claim for unpaid wages in employment tribunals for free.
    (18:41) The tech sector often makes legitimate use of contractors, creating a grey area between employment and contract work.
    (22:35) The remote work trend complicates the monitoring and classification of employees versus contractors.

    Resources Mentioned:

    Raoul Parekh -
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/raoulparekh/
    Raoul Parekh -
    https://www.littler.com/people/raoul-parekh
    Littler | LinkedIn -
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/littler-mendelson/
    Littler | Website -
    https://www.littler.com/
    Chambers and Partners -
    https://chambers.com/lawyer/raoul-parekh-uk-1:25483886
    IEL Elite - International Employment Lawyers -
    https://www.internationalemploymentlawyer.com/iel-elite


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    • 37 min
    Strategies for integrating global workforces with Christopher Hitchins of Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP

    Strategies for integrating global workforces with Christopher Hitchins of Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP

    In an era where businesses are increasingly crossing borders, understanding the intricacies of international employment law is crucial. In this episode, Christopher Hitchins, Managing Partner, London of the law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP  and an experienced employment lawyer, discusses the legal challenges and cultural nuances that global businesses must navigate to thrive.

    Key Takeaways:

    (02:04) The importance of understanding and maintaining workplace culture across borders.
    (02:52) The challenges of adopting a one-size-fits-all strategy in international employment. 
    (04:07) The increasing trend of businesses hiring internationally early in their lifecycle. 
    (06:27) The impact of Brexit on financial services companies setting up in mainland Europe. 
    (08:44) The role of PEO solutions in large-scale multinational transactions. 
    (10:34) Aligning corporate cultures during multinational transactions to mitigate legal risks. 
    (14:09) The significance of ESG principles in shaping company identity and attracting investment. 
    (17:00) The complexities of employee equity schemes in an international context.
    (23:24) Legal considerations for regulated financial services employees.

    Resources Mentioned: 

    Christopher Hitchins - https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherhitchins/
    Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP | LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/katten-muchin-rosenman-llp/
    Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP | Website - https://katten.com/






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    • 36 min
    Navigating M&A employee transfer with James Mallet & Emma Gleaves of Omnipresent

    Navigating M&A employee transfer with James Mallet & Emma Gleaves of Omnipresent

    Navigating the complexities of international employee transfers is no small feat. In this episode, Omnipresent’s James Mallet, Co-General Counsel and Director - VP Corporate, and Emma Gleaves, Head of Global Benefits, bring their extensive expertise to the table. They discuss the intricacies of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, employee transfer mechanisms and compliance challenges. They also cover the importance of early planning, the legal nuances of 2P regulations and the human element of these transitions.

    Key Takeaways:

    (03:27) Aligning contracts is crucial for successful employee transfers.
    (05:34) Legal compliance swings between protecting workers and being pro-business.
    (09:24) Actions before and during transfers are critical for compliance.
    (11:17) Clarifying how benefits like pensions and healthcare are handled.
    (16:35) Understanding the material legal and financial risks in transfers.
    (18:07) Multi-jurisdictional deals require thorough early-stage analysis.
    (00:19:20) Transparent communication and empathy are essential during transfers.
    (22:10) Start early with tax and legal advisors to avoid unexpected issues.
    (24:10) Following compliance rules on employee consultation is mandatory.

    Resources Mentioned: 

    James Mallet - https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-mallet-07980828/
    Emma Gleaves - https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-gleaves/
    Omnipresent - https://www.omnipresent.com/





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    • 27 min
    Exploring employee vs contractor compliance with Suresh Jones and Stan Broome

    Exploring employee vs contractor compliance with Suresh Jones and Stan Broome

    In a business environment where the wrong classification can cost you everything, understanding the distinction between employees and contractors has never been more crucial. On this episode, we’re joined by Omnipresent’s Senior Commercial Manager, Product, Suresh Jones, and Co-General Counsel and VP of Risk and Litigation, Stan Broome. They reveal the strategies that protect your company from costly misclassification risks whilst leveraging a flexible workforce.

    Key Takeaways:

    (02:04) Contractors are typically less expensive in the short term due to lower costs associated with taxes, social benefits and equipment. 
    (03:27) Contractors offer flexibility, allowing businesses to quickly scale their workforce up or down. 
    (04:07) Companies can access top talent quickly by hiring contractors for short-term projects. 
    (05:30) Misclassification risks include compliance issues and potential legal repercussions. 
    (06:11) Governments globally are shifting towards protecting workers, increasing scrutiny on contractor classifications. 
    (09:19) Penalties for misclassification can include fines, back taxes and legal fees, as well as reputational damage. 
    (16:01) Conducting regular misclassification risk assessments can help businesses stay compliant. 
    (17:00) Having clear, compliant contracts and verifying contractor identities are crucial steps in managing classification risks.

    Resources Mentioned: 

    Suresh Jones - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sureshpjones/
    Stan Broome - https://www.linkedin.com/in/stanbroome/
    Omnipresent - https://www.omnipresent.com/




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    • 44 min
    Managing a compliant carve-out from Spotify with Olle Råghall of Soundtrap

    Managing a compliant carve-out from Spotify with Olle Råghall of Soundtrap

    Have you ever wondered what it takes for a startup to thrive amidst acquisitions and global expansion? In this episode, Olle Råghall, COO of Soundtrap, reveals Soundtrap’s incredible journey from inception to recent reacquisition by its original founders. We explore strategies for talent retention, managing compliance across different countries and the challenges and successes of navigating a global workforce.

    Key Takeaways:

    (03:27) Advantages of contractors: cost, time and flexibility.
    (04:48) Contractors can be less invested in long-term success.
    (05:34) Legal compliance is like a pendulum between protecting workers and being pro-business.
    (17:12) Knowing your contractor and protecting intellectual property.
    (18:00) Clearly define roles and expectations in job descriptions.
    (22:27) OmniProtect covers legal costs, penalties and taxes for misclassification.
    (24:18) Regularly review contractors to ensure they haven't become de facto employees.
    (31:12) Using contractors is a great way to step into the global workforce.
    (35:27) Challenges arise when negotiating with people you must work with post-acquisition.
    (43:00) There’s always more ability than opportunity; hire talented people to make a difference.


    Resources Mentioned:

    Olle Råghall - https://www.linkedin.com/in/olleraghall/
    Soundtrap | LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/olleraghall/
    Soundtrap | Website - https://www.soundtrap.com
    Omnipresent Homepage - https://www.omnipresent.com





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    • 33 min
    Welcome to the Global Workforce Podcast

    Welcome to the Global Workforce Podcast

    Welcome to the Global Workforce Podcast, your go-to resource for managing remote teams. In each episode, host George Britton sits down with industry experts (from legal, IPO, M&A, GSI, PE and many more), to discuss and discover actionable insights to solve the challenges global workforces face.

    If you’re looking to optimise your business growth and freedom, and create work experiences that see your employees and their skills thrive — anywhere and everywhere — this is the show for you!

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