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Cross-Border Publisher:
Employment Restructuring

Covering all the options when considering employment restructuring can be confusing, expensive and take too much time - especially if your company operates across multiple jurisdictions. Whether considering for operational efficiency purposes, or in response to the current pandemic, a reliable source of legal information on the rapidly evolving options can help. 

Cross-Border Publisher: Employment Restructuring, an online product from Clifford Chance Applied Solutions and the Global Clifford Chance Employment Team, covers a broad spectrum of issues in relation to employment restructuring. Meet your compliance and business challenges surrounding redundancy, whilst also considering commercially viable alternatives for your business. It is part of the Cross-Border Publisher product suite which offers other topics including Bank Confidentiality and Data Protection

The product includes guidance across 17 global jurisdictions on the potential risks with redundancy options, the feasibility of different redundancy processes and prospective alternatives (including part-time working arrangements, lay-offs, salary reductions and benefit reductions).

Simply log in, select the questions and jurisdictions you are interested in, and instantly access practical Clifford Chance legal guidance created by our team of experts. 

Key benefits

Stay up to date with the latest changes in relation to pandemic-related redundancy restrictions and local regulations

Save time searching for answers and the legal background you need

Reduce reliance on external counsel – saving time and money

Consider the commercially viable alternatives to redundancies

Instant access to Clifford Chance's expert legal guidance

Empower multiple users within your business

Instantly compare options across jurisdictions

Consistent source of knowledge which is easy to share

Low cost option for compliance

Key product features

  •      Covering 17 global jurisdictions, including: Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland,           Russia, Singapore, Spain, UK and US
  •      Extensive questions and answers, modelled on Clifford Chance multi-jurisdictional survey best practice
  •      Answers for multiple jurisdictions can be viewed at once for quick comparison
  •      Downloadable results
  •      Results can be filtered by question and/or jurisdiction
  •      Easy to navigate results with both a summary and detailed answer to each question
  •      Product accessible 24 hours a day
  •      Instant access to customer support via in-built chat


Find answers to these questions

A. Specific COVID-19 Governmental Scheme

  •      Which redundancy laws or regulations have been amended in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  •      What measures (if any) has the government introduced to avoid redundancies?

B. Redundancy Options and Process

  •      When can redundancies be made?
  •      Is voluntary redundancy available?
  •      What are the essential requirements of an individual redundancy process?
  •      What triggers collective redundancy and what process must be followed?
  •      What are the key risks involved?

C. Costs

  •      What payments must be made to a redundant employee by law?
  •      Is there a practice of making enhanced redundancy payments under a settlement agreement?

D. Redundancy Alternatives and Commercial Considerations

  •      What are the alternatives to redundancy, for example, cost cutting measures, workforce restructuring or time away from work?



"The pandemic has forced many businesses to make critical decisions relating to their workforce. Many employers have switched to homeworking and are accessing various Covid-relief measures. For many employers, redundancies are seen as a last resort - redundancies made today could result in staff shortages in the near future. The product allows employers to explore other cost saving options, from part-time working to unpaid leave, to the removal or re-negotiation of benefits, and also redundancies made as a last resort, to ensure that they have a good understanding of their local regulations around these processes." 

Alistair Woodland, Partner, Co-Head of Global Employment Practice,
Clifford Chance