• Sarphatistraat 7
    1017 WS Amsterdam
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  • Aert van Nesstraat 45
    3012 CA Rotterdam
    Group 47
  • Kastanjelaan 400
    5616 LZ Eindhoven
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  • Lange Lozanastraat 142 B2
    2018 Antwerp

Reorganisation international tech company

After our successful initial collaboration, the client asked us to support their international reorganisation project in employment law. This concerned the client's division, which is active throughout the world, therefore involving not only a wide range of legal systems but also various time zones. Nevertheless, two things were certain: all employees throughout the world were to be informed of redundancies, while all employees were to receive a comparable proposal that obviously also had to be in line with the local laws and regulations.

Legal counsel at Halsten:

“I was involved in the reorganisation on behalf of Halsten as employment law expert and project counsel and as the first point of contact. Specifically, this meant that I worked an average of two days each week for several months, where I was part of an international project team. The team included the HR business partner, HR staff members, a project manager, and a finance manager, for example. We made the preparations for the entire reorganisation in the utmost secrecy.

This project presented two major challenges. First, we had to deal with the immense employment law differences per country, making it necessary to work closely with TomTom’s local legal partners. This involved a great deal of time and flexibility, as we were operating on a global scale and had to overcome not only time barriers but also language barriers. The second challenge was the timing of communication with all employees all over the world. We worked at top speed under a very strict deadline, without always knowing which surprises local legislation would have in store for us, even at the last minute. The flexibility required to immediately step up or step back – over the entire breadth of the employment law playing field – that we, as Halsten, were able to provide was crucial. Thanks to the backup available to me, we continually quickly switched gears in cooperating with the local councils, maintaining oversight and acting appropriately in a timely manner where needed.

Projects like these energise me; they get the adrenaline pumping. You must stay level-headed, under the time pressure of a deadline written in stone, while literally everything must be kept secret. The coronavirus has made working online common practice, but luckily, we also had all kinds of digital tools at our disposal. The fact that the company came to us again after the initial project shows that not only our pragmatic, project-oriented approach but the results we achieve are satisfactory.”

Project features

  • Parallel reorganisation in 27 countries, with a single time of communication to all employees
  • A single project team for the entire international coordination and implementation
  • One Halsten expert on-site
  • Dedicated work on-site for a longer period
  • Intensive collaboration with HR
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