Risky Business: Exploring the Hazards of International Terminations

2020 Annual Conference & Exposition
Acting like an American when terminating an employee outside of the U.S. can land you in a lot of trouble.

Having to terminate an employee who works in a different country can be one of the most contentious and difficult aspects of global workforce management. This is especially true considering that the concept of "at-will" employment is generally inapplicable outside of the United States. Termination laws in other countries are typically weighted in favor of the employee. As a result, when a company that has employees in countries outside of the United States chooses to end the employment relationship - whether due to a layoff, restructuring, performance issues, misconduct, or otherwise - that employer must proceed with caution. If an international termination is handled incorrectly, the employer may find itself on the hook for significant damages including reinstatement, back pay, front pay, emotional distress damages, and more. In this session, Nancy Cremins and Nicole Forbes discuss international terminations, leading you through hypothetical situations on how to deal with these actions in different countries.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the intricacies of hiring and terminating employees globally in terms of employee labor laws.
  • Understand the ramifications of being out of compliance with global labor laws.
  • Learn actionable steps you can take to navigate international terminations using best practices that will limit risk.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Nancy Cremins


Nancy Cremins joined Globalization Partners in April 2016. Nancy is one of Boston’s top lawyers for startups and entrepreneurial ventures, having been named as a Top 50 Women in Law, one of Boston’s “40 Under 40,” and “Fifty on Fire.” Prior to joining Globalization Partners, Nancy got extensive experience in the areas of employment law and conflict resolution over the past 10 years at firms such as Gesmer Updegrove LLP and Robinson & Cole LLP. Nancy does incredible work within the community supporting female entrepreneurs. She’s the co-founder of an organization called SheStarts, and a board member for several non-profits.

Nicole Forbes

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
HR Expertise
Leadership & Navigation
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