Dec 2, 2021

Europe: Better, Worse, or Merely Different? - Episode 1: Living with Works Councils

An occasional series presented by Seyfarth's International Department
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There is no cost to attend, however registration is required.

Thursday, December 2, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. UK
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pacific

About the Program

Many people recognize the Works Council as one of, if not the defining characteristics of the European workplace

Although Works Councils are not universally popular among European employers, it’s quite common to find businesses investing in Europe from North America and elsewhere who are wary of, or even hostile towards them especially when those businesses encounter a Works Councils for the first time.

On December 2, Seyfarth attorneys Pete Talibart, Ana Cid, Tessa Cranfield, Laurence Harvey Wood, and Glenn Smith will explore Works Councils and discuss various topics and questions surrounding them, including:

  • Demystifying the Works Council concept and describing how and why it forms such an integral part of so many European workplaces. 
  • Comparing and contrasting Works Councils with Trades Unions that inward investors to Europe are often more familiar with. 
  • Using micro case studies to show how Works Councils can often help to manage an employer’s compliance obligations in Europe. 
  • Offering some thoughts as to how an employer might want to develop its Works Council management strategy.
  • How to learn to live with Works Councils.


Ana Cid, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Tessa Cranfield, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP
Laurence Harvey Wood, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP
Glenn Smith, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Pete Talibart, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP


Martin Hopkins, Director of European Practice Development, Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Avery at kavery@seyfarth.com and reference this event.

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