Employment & Labour

Employment & Labour

Zepos & Yannopoulos provides a wide range of legal and tax services to clients on all aspects of employment & labour law. Working closely with legal entities and law firms from all over the world, our fully dedicated employment team advises, among others, on:
  • recruitment formalities
  • employment contracts
  • part-time and temporary employment
  • personnel regulations and codes of conduct
  • collective labour agreements
  • employee benefits and respective tax implications
  • stock options
  • confidentiality and non-compete
  • transfers of undertakings
  • cross-border employment issues, including foreign tax credit planning and expatriate issues
  • termination of employment
  • collective redundancies
  • restructurings and close downs
  • insolvency
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • trade union relations, collective consultation and bargaining
  • labour law audits, social security compliance and handling of possible contingencies and
  • employment litigation

By way of example, we have advised:

  • Companies such as Benetton, Bausch & Lomb, Bic, Booking.com, Cadbury Schweppes, Christian Dior, Cisco, Edding, ExxonMobil, Footlocker, Hewlett-Packard, Kraft, Leo Pharma, Leroy Merlin, Media Markt, Metro AG, Nokia-Siemens, Oracle, Philips, Premier Capital Hellas SA, Rolls-Royce, Sfera Joven and Tui Travel on a variety of labour law issues arising from their operations in Greece, ranging from day-to-day support to separation of senior executives
  • Various international clients, including Delta Airlines, EBV Elektronik, Johnson Controls, Lastminute.com, Maxxium, Provimi Hellas, with regard to the close down of their operations in Greece and redundancy of employees
  • Two large European Banks with regard to the implementation of voluntary exit schemes and other redundancy issues
  • Various clients on the employment aspects of privatization projects, including a) Südzucker AG with regard to the acquisition of Hellenic Sugar Industry SA b) Strategic Initiatives with regard to the acquisition of a majority shareholding stake in Dodoni SA (both subsidiaries of ATE Bank) and c) Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) S.A. with regard to the conduct of a vendor’s due diligence review of the company and its subsidiaries
  • Nokia Siemens Networks Hellas on employment issues arising from the transfer of employees and the integration of benefits relating to the joint venture between Nokia and Siemens
  • the Athens Exchange, on all employment obligations related to its restructuring
  • Blue Circle Industries PLC on the handling of redundancies resulting from the takeover of Heracles Halkis General Cement Company
  • Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole on regulatory, contractual and other obligations related to employee benefits in the framework of the acquisition of the Commercial Bank of Greece
  • ChevronTexaco on the employment issues arising from the restructuring of its business in Greece including collective labour disputes and strikes
  • Munich Re with regard to the legal due diligence review of insurance companies in Greece and relevant employment issues
  • GFK, Tesa, Linde and Freudenberg on employment law issues related to their conversion into a Societas Europaea
  • Various clients on the legal and tax aspects of the implementation of stock option plans for employees in Greece

Finally, in collaboration with our tax practice group and upon the request of our corporate clients, we offer advice to senior executives serving in Greece on various issues such as taxation of multinational employment, including tax compliance, stock compensation or insurance plans and administrative or criminal implications arising from the performance of their duties in Greece.

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