Broach and Stulberg Partner Robert B. Stulberg was the featured employee-counsel expert on a February 23, 2011 national webinar and teleconference, entitled “What U.S. Lawyers Need To Know About International Employment Contracts and Secondment,” co- sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, Section of International Law, and Center for Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Stulberg appeared with three other faculty members: Stephen P. Cohn of the Chicago firm Vedder Price P.C.; George Cooper, of the Singapore firm Freehills Singapore; and Ivan Suarez of the Barcelona, Spain firm Bufete Suares de Vivero. The panel was moderated by Kelly Bobbs Bunting of the Philadelphia firm Greenberg Traurig LLP.

The program was attended by approximately 80 attorneys from private firms and in-house legal departments. The panelists discussed international employment contracts and arrangements for temporarily transferring employees to international positions. Among the topics were compensation, benefit and job security provisions in international employment settings, compliance and risk management issues in such settings, extra-territorial application and conflict of laws, and representation of the expatriate employee.

Mr. Stulberg addressed several questions affecting the employee covered by such contracts: what an attorney needs to know about the employment relationships in order to advise the employee; what types of provisions should be negotiated for the employee in cross-border employment or secondment agreements; what types of contractual and statutory claims might an employee covered by such agreements be able to assert; and what types of strategies can be used to pursue such claims.

“Analyzing an international employment or secondment agreement,” Mr. Stulberg observed, “is akin to solving a puzzle. The agreement typically presents complex, multi-faceted relationships, with overlapping, interlocking and, sometimes, inconsistent parts. The employee lawyer’s task is to make sense of the puzzle, and figure out how its parts benefit, restrict, or otherwise affect the client.”