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ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

OUR WORK-FROM-ANYWHERE FUTURE

Organised by the Labour Law and Immigration Law Commissions

Session #6

DATE & TIME

LOCATION

 Thursday, 26 August

 11:30 – 12:30 CEST

Millennium Ballroom and online

DESCRIPTION

Remote work became more mainstream during the pandemic lockdowns. Many companies are going a step further and adopting a ‘remote first’ and work-from anywhere (WFA) model. This model offers employees ultimate flexibility while companies get access to a global pool of talent. But what does the transition from work-from-home to WFA entail? How do employers manage a workforce spread throughout different time zones, tax systems and regulatory frameworks? How do immigration systems adapt to a world where your ‘place of work’ need not match your ‘place of residence’? The WFA model offers benefits but it also has challenges such as applicable employment law, immigration, social security, tax and data security.

Join this session held by the AIJA Labour Law and Immigration Law Commissions. While addressing these challenges, we will explore best practices and the ideal legal environment to make WFA future proof and a success. What can we learn from these early adopter companies that have adopted a ‘remote first’ or WFA model? And is this an innovative approach to building a workforce the future?

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

Silvia van Schaik

Brandeis, Netherlands

Silvia van Schaik is a senior associate at bureau Brandeis. She specializes in information law, more specifically privacy, copyright and e-commerce.

Silvia is an all-round technology-lawyer. She is a litigator, but does advisory and compliance work as well. She assists clients in finding legally compliant but also practical solutions that match the client’s needs. She works for large international companies and smaller organisations and private clients. She often deals with innovative products that pose a challenge to the status quo. Silvia has been on secondment several times, which enables her to quickly understand her clients’ point of view.

Silvia graduated from Leiden University in 2009. Before graduating, she spent one semester studying in San Francisco where she became interested in technology law. In 2015, she successfully completed post-graduate studies in IT-law at the Grotius Academy.

Prior to joining bureau Brandeis, Silvia worked at international law firms CMS and BakerMcKenzie. Currently, Silvia is President of the IP/TMT Commission of the international association of young lawyers AIJA. She is also active in several information law organisations and networks in the Netherlands. 

Dayo Adu

Famsville Solicitors, Nigeria

Dayo Adu is the Managing Partner at Famsville Solicitors and leads the firm’s Labour and Employment, Business Immigration, Corporate Investigations and Regulatory Compliance practice group. He has advised both indigenous and international firms on general commercial laws cutting across different industries and draws from his dispute resolution background. He is well known for assisting companies to mobilize their employees from a legal and operational point of view by providing services within expatriate work authorization, tax and employment-related matters. He is a regular speaker at various in-house training, seminars and large workshops on corporate Immigration and employment law with a particular focus on expatriate employee concerns.. He has the repute for assisting companies to mobilize their employees from a legal and operational point of view by providing services within expatriate work authorization, tax and employment-related matters. He has co-authored the Nigeria chapter for several notable international publications including the Global Legal Group publishers of Getting the Deal Through/International Comparative Legal Guide on Corporate Immigration, Labour & Employment, yearly, from 2011 till date. He also contributed the Nigeria chapter on overview of Nigeria Labour Laws published in the globally renowned xpertHRguide. . The Who’s Who Legal (WWL) ranked Dayo has a National leader in Labour & Employment, and Corporate Immigration practice in Nigeria from 2018 till date. Who’s Who Legal says that Dayo Adu “goes beyond expectations”; with sources asserting that they “would recommend him to anyone” .Dayo is also recommended for his “in-depth knowledge of immigration regularisation process” and his astute ability in solving difficult immigration issues; Dayo’s practice is praised for its excellent and distinct touch of professionalism and responsiveness, accordingly offering “great customer service” on matters including expatriate work authorisation.”

Caroline Barbé

SOLUCIAL Law Firm, France

Caroline Barbé is a partner at SOLUCIAL Law Firm, a French employment boutique based in Lille & Paris.
She has been practicing since 2008 and is specialized in labour law.
She assists companies on every aspect of employment, from drafting the contracts to managing terminations, including dealing with collective aspects (unions, professional elections, negotiations) as well as relations with the labour law administrations (labour inspection, Social contributions collection administration (URSSAF), Healthcare administration,…).
Her practice includes advising, litigating and training of HR and managers.
She has developed a specific area of practice related to international mobility and assisting foreign employers having employees on the French territory.
She sees her mission as being a creator of workplace solutions, in close collaboration to companies to develop solutions optimally adapted to their human and economic reality.

Thomas Kälin

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd (MLL), Switzerland

Thomas Kälin is partner with MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd (MLL) in Switzerland and head of the law firm’s employment and social security practice group.

He advises clients in employment and social security law matters and represents them in front of courts and authorities. He has vast experience in cross-border employment matters, employment aspects of restructurings, terminations of employment relationships (also mass dismissals including negotiations of social plans) and contentious matters.

Thomas holds the Swiss Bar Association degree of a Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law and is a Qualified Expert in Social Security Law. Thomas is lecturer for employment law, expert examiner in social security law diploma courses and regularly holds seminars and presentations in his fields of expertise.

Before joining MLL, Thomas worked with the district and labor courts in Zurich. His working languages are German and English, while he is conversational in French and Spanish.

 

Nicky De Groot

Pallas employment lawyers, Netherlands

Nicky de Groot is attorney-at-law at Pallas Attorneys-at-Law, an Amsterdam boutique law firm specialized in (international) employment law and worker’s participation law.

 

Clients of Nicky and Pallas Attorneys-at-Law exist of national and international multinational companies (amongst others listed on AEX, NYSE, TSX, PSX, NASDAQ), European works councils, various forms of Dutch works councils, Dutch middle market companies, executives, directors, expats and higher management.

 

Nicky participated in the Digital Future Society Think Tank and contributed to the report ‘The Future of Work in the Digital

Era: The rise of labour platforms’. She frequently speaks during international panels on Dutch employment law with an international focus.

 

Before joining the employment law boutique firm ‘Pallas Attorneys-at-Law’ she started her career at a large multidisciplinary law firm and she worked at a mid-size multidisciplinary law firm. Nicky graduated from Utrecht University in 2010, she spent one semester studying in Seattle where she became interested in practicing law with an international focus and was admitted to the Dutch bar in 2011. In 2016, Nicky successfully graduated from the post doctorate Grotius Academy for employment law. Currently, Nicky is Vice-President of the Labour Law and Immigration Law Commission of AIJA.

Katie Newbury

Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom

Katie Newbury is a partner in the immigration department at Kingsley Napley in London. She has over 12 years’ experience advising on all aspects of UK immigration law with a focus on complex personal immigration matters. Particular areas of interest include advising investors, those in the digital technology sector and complex family matters, including international surrogacy and adoption. She regularly provides commentary on the UK immigration system and is often involved in lobbying the UK government on these issues.

Kato Aerts

Lydian, Belgium

Kato Aerts is Counsel in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice at Lydian, Belgium. She advises clients on all aspects of both individual and collective labour law, and particularly focuses on international employment.  She is often involved in setting-up or terminating salary split scenarios and international assignments and has advised large international companies in relation to major secondment projects to ensure compliance with local laws. Within the field of cross border employment Kato has significant experience and expertise in social security related matters and has published several articles in this respect.  Kato has obtained a degree of mediation in social affairs at KULeuven and often advises multinational corporations in highly sensitive #metoo related matters.

Viktor Calabró

Coople, Switzerland

Viktor Calabrò has been working in the on-demand staffing industry for over ten years. A well-known and well-respected entrepreneur, Viktor launched Staff Finder (now called Coople), the world’s first on-demand staffing marketplace in 2009 and coined the term ‘just in time staff management’. Coople has offices in Zurich, Lausanne, London and Minsk and operates across multiple sectors including hospitality, retail, events, commercial services and healthcare. The company enables businesses and temporary workers to find each other and conveniently enter flexible work relationships.

 

Growing fast, Coople currently brokers thousands of temporary jobs to 500,000 registered flexible workers and over 20,000 registered companies. Current clients include Denner, Migros, Globus, H&M, zfv and many more.

 

A shrewd, hands-on businessman, Viktor was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young (2014) and was nominated as a finalist in the Swiss Economic Awards (2015) where over 300 start-ups participated. He has been named in the list of Staffing Industry’s Top 100 European influencers in 2020 and 2021. In the last few years Viktor also extended his work to the start-up ecosystem and now supports numerous young companies as an investor, board member or advisor.

SESSION COORDINATORS

Nicky De Groot

Pallas employment lawyers, Netherlands

Katie Newbury

Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom