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ELA Newsletter - February 2019

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ELA Newsletter - December 2018

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ELA Global Newsletter - October 2018

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ELA Global Newsletter - September 2018

Depending on where you conduct business, September can be significant for different reasons. If you are in the United States, September is often associated with Back to School. In Austria, this September rolled out the amendments to the Austrian Act on Working time and the Act on Rest Periods, giving employers new parameters for overtime and increasing opportunities for flextime.

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ELA Global Newsletter - August 2018

For many regions, the month of August signals the end of family excursions while on holiday and summer vacation travel. Yet many human resource executives and General Counsel will agree that issues such as flex time, parental leave, immigration and the gig economy’s mobile workforce do not take a holiday. This issue will help you better understand employment law so that you can stay in compliance on subjects such as: Employee Data Privacy; Reporting Systems for Whistleblowing; Employee Mobility

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July 1, 2018

ELA Global Newsletter - July 2018

The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia certainly brought some surprises this summer as well-known champions fell and other teams took us by surprise as they rose as the new champions. More than once, it has been suggested that sports can often mirror life. In the fast-paced world of business, we sometimes stumble or are caught off guard with an employment law issue that poses a risk to our strategic plan, budget or brand.  Our Global Client Newsletter fortifies your game plan with guidelines to navig

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June 1, 2018

ELA Global Newsletter - June 2018

During the past year, members of the ELA have contributed to surveys on sexual harassment in the workplace and each region presented a unique perspective based on the prevalence of incidences in their jurisdiction. Last month, the 107th Session of the International Labour Organization’s conference in Geneva formed a Standard-Setting Committee on Violence and Harassment in the Word of Work and pledged to propose standards which they hope to present for adoption at next year’s convention. While th

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May 1, 2018

ELA Global Newsletter - May 2018

In many regions of the world, the month of May is thought of as the start to summer. So, with the sunny season approaching our Employment Law Alliance newsletter is here to provide you with the latest and most important insights from across the globe. In many countries, labor & employment law is not only shaped by laws and regulations but also by the courts. With a considerable number of jurisdictions operating special courts for labor and employment law cases, updating you on the most current

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April 1, 2018

ELA Global Newsletter - April 2018

Having completed the first quarter of 2018 our current newsletter again brings you fifteen powerful insights from our ELA regions across the globe. In the last weeks and months, we saw the #MeToo movement developing a worldwide impact reaching far beyond America, not only the European continent but also in other parts of the world. So, it comes as no surprise that we again feature this important development in our newsletter.

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March, 2018

ELA Global Newsletter - March 2018

2018 is already proving to be an impactful year from a global perspective. The Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have brought us together to celebrate our common talents and the victories of our various country-men and woman.  While at the same time, individual countries have experienced great tragedies, both natural and un-natural, affecting the way we live and work.....

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February, 2018

ELA Global Newsletter - February 2018

With 2018 already well underway, the second edition of our newsletter puts the spotlight on Changes in Employment Law, Flexibility for Employers with Bonuses, a Bill against Genetic Discrimination, and the Effect of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act on Sexual Harassment Claims – as well as other hot topics on international labor & employment.....

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January, 2018

ELA Global Newsletter - January 2018

The Employment Law Alliance is proud to present its first international and truly global publication, covering the world of employment law from Asia/Pacific to Europe, Latin America, Middle-East/Africa and back to North America.

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Asia Pacific Family Leave Survey 2018

This publication is designed to provide a handy overview of the family leave provisions across 18 jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region.

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ELA Announces New Director of Marketing

The Employment Law Alliance, (ELA) is pleased to announce that Pamela Carroll has joined the organization as Director of Marketing.

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Top 10 Employment Law Issues in the Asia-Pacific

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Employment Law Alliance Survey Takes American Pulse on #MeToo and Workplace Harassment

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The Future of Work in the Asia-Pacific

A report by the Employment Law Alliance October 2017

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Newsletter - ELA Middle East & Africa Region

The Employment Law Alliance (ELA) is proud to present its first newsletter from the ELA MEA (Middle East and Africa) Region.

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ELA Submits Comments to DOL on Invalidated Obama-era Overtime Rule

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ELA Welcomes Members in Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay, Strengthening South American Presence

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Human Resource Executive Names Eleven ELA Members to “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” Lists

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Employment Law Alliance Featured in Chambers Global 2017 as “Elite”

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Eight U.S. ELA Member Firms Join Amicus Brief in Washington v. Trump

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Employment Law Alliance Expands Member Firm Roster in 2016

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ELA Higher Education Council Members Quoted Regarding NLRB's Columbia Decision

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Student Assistants at Private Universities Are “Employees” for Purposes of Collective Bargaining, NLRB Rules

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Human Resource Executive List of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” Features 12 ELA Members

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Employment Law Alliance Applauds Ruling on DOL’s “Persuader Rule”

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June 17, 2016

Fraud, Investigations, and Employee Dismissals in Latin America

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Employment Law Alliance and CCA Partner to Provide Members Access to Wide-Ranging HR Consulting Services

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Employment Law Alliance Adds Three New Member Firms, Bolstering Presence in Central and Latin America

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Employment Law Alliance añade a tres nuevas firmas miembro, fortaleciendo su presencia en Centroamérica y América Latina

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ELA Member Firms File Suit Against DOL "Persuader" Rule

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"Employee Data Privacy in Asia" Publication

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ELA Garners "Elite: Band 1" Recognition in Chambers Global Guide

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Employment Law Alliance’s Higher Education Council Files Amicus Brief with NLRB in Graduate Workers of Columbia v. Trustees of Columbia University

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When Employees Leave: What Employers in Asia/Pacific Need to Know about Protecting Company Rights and Confidential Information

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"Employee Data Privacy in Europe" Publication

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Employment Law Alliance Partners with Global Risk Solution Provider Kroll

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Canadian Lawyer’s “Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques” Includes Two ELA Member Firms

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ELA Adds Two Member Firms in Canada / ELA ajoute deux cabinets membres au Canada

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ELA Adds Members in Chile and Venezuela

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Employment Law Alliance’s Labor Day Survey Illustrates Disconnect Between Union Promises and Reality

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Twelve ELA Attorneys Featured in Human Resource Executive’s “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” List

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ELA Expands with Member Firms in Sweden and Macedonia

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Chambers and Partners Names ELA to "Elite" Band 1

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ELA Office Romance Poll Featured on The Washington Post

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Employment Law Alliance Survey Suggests Office Romance is Still Alive (Even if the Employee Manual Discourages It)

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ELA Expands Into Macau

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SHRM Features Three Canadian Members Commenting on Sexual Harassment Scandals

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ELA Member Attorneys Author InsideCounsel Article Exploring Sick Leave Laws in WI, AZ and Nationally

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Erin Kuzz Awarded ELA’s “Sheldon N. Sandler Award”

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ELA Members Co-Presenting "A Global Perspective on Preventing Employee Data Theft and Trade Secret Misappropriation" at ACC 2014 Annual Meeting

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ELA Names Two New England Member Law Firms

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Ten ELA Attorneys Featured in Human Resource Executive’s “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” List

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ELA's Jan Lelley and Kristin Oliveira Explore Future of Works Councils in U.S.

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Employment Law Alliance Adds Three Member Firms

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ELA Files Amicus Curiae Brief in the Pending NLRB Matter Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association

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The Huffington Post's WorldPost Features ELA's World Cup Employer's Guide

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ELA's World Cup Guide Featured by LACCA

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ELA's "Watching 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil" Featured in Law360 Article

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Watching 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: A Guide for Employers/Siguiendo la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Brasil 2014: Una Guía para Empleadores

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Siguiendo la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Brasil 2014: Una Guía para Empleadores

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NLRB Abandons Pursuit of Notice Poster Rule Enforcement

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Employment Law Alliance Expands Coverage in Southeast Asia

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Employment Law Alliance CEO Stephen J. Hirschfeld Keynoted ACCC's Corporate Counsel Summit Luncheon

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Employment Law Alliance Adds Four Member Firms

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Critical Distinctions Between U.S. and Canadian Labour and Employment Law

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Human Resources Executive Magazine Features Eight ELA Attorneys Among its “Most Powerful”

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The Recorder Features ELA Founder and CEO Steve Hirschfeld on Business of Law, Value of Law Firm Networks

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Higher Education Council of the Employment Law Alliance Launches Blog

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Higher Education Council Newsletter - December 2012

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Higher Education Council Newsletter - July 2012

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Point Park UniversityNewspaper Guild of Pittsburgh: Amicus Brief by the Higher Education Council of the ELA

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Polytechnic Institute and New York University Amicus Brief

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ELA’s Higher Education Council Joins Amicus Brief with the American Council on Education in Vance v. Ball State

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Two ELA Members Elected Fellows of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

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Ten ELA Attorneys Featured in “The Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers”

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Watching UEFA Euro 2012: A Guide for Employers

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ELA Members Author Social Media Around the World for Bloomberg Law Reports

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ELA Members Present the Top 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring and Firing Employees in Asia and the Pacific

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Global Human Resources Seminar in New Delhi Features ELA Members

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ELA Files Amicus Curae Brief in the Pending NLRB Matter Pacific Lutheran University and Service Employees International Union, Local 925

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Client Successes

Altra Industrial Motion Inc.

Altra Industrial Motion Inc. has multiple locations in the U.S., as well as Central America, Europe, and Asia. The Employment Law Alliance has proved to be a great asset in assisting us in dealing with employment issues and matters in such diverse venues as Mexico, Australia, and Spain. We have obtained excellent results using the ELA network for matters ranging from a multi-state review of employment policies to assisting with individual employment issues in a variety of foreign jurisdictions.

In one instance, we were faced with an employment dispute with a former associate in Mexico that had the potential for substantial economic exposure. The matter had been pending for over a year, and we were not confident in the employment advice we had been receiving. I obtained a referral to the ELA counsel in Mexico, who was able to obtain a favorable resolution of the dispute in only a few days. Based on our experiences with the ELA, we would not hesitate to use its many resources for future employment law needs.

American University in Bulgaria

In my career I have been a practicing attorney, counsel to the Governor of Maine, and CEO of a major public utility. I have worked with many lawyers in many settings. When the American University in Bulgaria needed help with employment litigation in federal court in Syracuse, New York, we turned to Pierce Atwood, the ELA member we knew and trusted in Maine, for a referral. We were extremely pleased with the responsiveness and high quality of service we received from Bond Schoeneck & King, the ELA's firm in upstate New York. I would not hesitate to recommend the ELA to any employer.

David T. Flanagan
Member of Board of Trustees 

Arcata Associates

I really enjoyed the Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation in the United States webinar.  We are in the midst of a rather delicate employee relations issue in California right now and the discussion helped me tremendously.  It also reinforced things that you tend to forget if you don't do these investigations frequently.  So, many, many thanks to the Employment Law Alliance for putting that webinar together.  It was extremely beneficial.

Lynn Clayton
Vice President, Human Resources

Barrett Business Services, Inc.

I recently participated in the ELA-sponsored webinar on the Employee Free Choice Act.  I was most impressed with that presentation.  It was extremely helpful and very worthwhile.  I have also been utilizing the ELA's online Global Employer Handbook.  This compliance tool is absolutely terrific. 

I am familiar with several other products that purport to provide up-to- date employment law information and I believe that this resource is superior to other similar compliance manuals.  I am delighted that the ELA provides this free to its members' clients.

Boyd Coffee Company

Employment Law Alliance (ELA) has provided Boyd Coffee Company with a highly valued connection to resources, important information and learning. With complex operations and employees working in approximately 20 states, we are continually striving to keep abreast of specific state laws, many of which vary from state to state. We have participated in the ELA web seminars and have found the content very useful. We appreciate the ease, cost effectiveness and quality of the content and presenters offered by these web seminars.  The Global Employer Handbook has provided our company with a very helpful overview of legal issues in the various states in which we operate, and the network of attorneys has helped us manage issues that have arisen in states other than where our Roastery and corporate headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon.

Capgemini Outsourcing Services GmbH

As an international operating outsourcing and consulting supplier Capgemini has used firms of the Employment Law Alliance in Central Europe. We were always highly satisfied with the quality of employment law advice and the responsiveness. I can really recommend the ELA lawyers.

Hirschfeld Kraemer

Stephen HirschfeldAs an employment lawyer based in San Francisco, I work closely with high tech clients with operations around the globe. Last year, one of my clients needed to implement a workforce reduction in a dozen countries simultaneously. And they gave me 48 hours to accomplish this. I don't know how I could have pulled this off without the resources of the ELA. I don't know of any single law firm that could have made this happen. My client received all of the help they needed in a timely fashion and on a cost effective basis.

Stephen J. Hirschfeld

Hollywood Entertainment Corporation

As the Vice President for Litigation & Associate General Counsel for my company, I need to ensure that we have a team of top-notch employment lawyers in place in every jurisdiction where we do business. And I want to be confident that those lawyers know our business so they don't have to reinvent the wheel when a new legal matter arises. With more than 3400 stores and 35,000 employees operating in all 50 U.S. states and across Canada, we rely on the ELA to partner with us to help accomplish our objectives. I have been delighted with the consistent high quality of the work performed by ELA lawyers. I encourage other in-house counsel to use their services, as well.

Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro is the world's largest technology distributor, providing sales, marketing, and logistics services for the IT industry around the globe. With over 13,000 employees working throughout the U.S. and in 35 international countries, we need employment lawyers who we can count on to ensure global legal compliance. Our experience with many multi-state and multi-national law firms is that their employment law services are not always a high priority for them, and many do not have experts in many of their offices. The ELA has assembled an excellent team of highly skilled employment lawyers, wherever and whenever I need them, and they have proven to be an invaluable resource to our company.

Konami Gaming

Our company, Konami Gaming, Inc., is growing rapidly in a very diverse and highly regulated industry. We are aggressively entering new markets outside the domestic U.S., including Canada and South America. I have had the recent opportunity to utilize the services provided by the ELA. The legal advice was both responsive and professional. Most of all, the entire process was seamless since our Nevada attorney coordinated the services and legal advice requested. I look forward to working with the ELA in the future, as it serves as a great resource to the legal community.

Jennifer Martinez
Vice President, Human Resources

Nikkiso Cryo, Inc.

Until recently, I was unaware of the ELA's existence. We have subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the United States, as well as in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. When a recent legal issue arose in Texas, our long-time Nevada counsel, who is a member of the ELA, suggested that this matter be handled by his ELA colleague in Dallas. We are very pleased with the quality and timeliness of services provided by that firm, and we are excited to now have the ELA as an important asset to help us address employment law issues worldwide.

Palm, Inc.

The ELA network has been immensely important to our company in helping us address an array of human resources challenges around the world. I strongly encourage H.R. executives who have employees located in many different jurisdictions to utilize the ELA's unparalleled expertise and geographic coverage.

Stacy Murphy
Former Senior Director of Human Resources

Rich Products

As the General Counsel for a company with 6,500 employees operating across the U.S. and in eight countries, it is critical that I have top quality lawyers on the ground where we do business. The ELA is an indispensable resource. It has taken the guesswork out of finding the best employment counsel wherever we have a problem.

Jill K. Bond
Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Shared Services and Benefits

Ricoh Americas Corporation

We have direct sales and service offices all over the U.S., but have not necessarily had the need in the past for assistance with legal work in every state where we have a business presence. From time to time, we suddenly find ourselves facing a legal issue in a state where we have no outside counsel relationship. It has been a real benefit to know that the ELA has assembled such an impressive team of experts throughout the U.S. and overseas.

A few years ago, we faced a very tough discrimination lawsuit in Mississippi. We had never had to retain a lawyer there before. I was absolutely delighted with the Mississippi ELA firm. We received an excellent result. They will no doubt handle all of our employment law matters in Mississippi in the future. I have also obtained the assistance of several other ELA firms around the U.S. and have received the same outstanding service. The ELA is a tremendous resource for our company.

Roberts-Gordon LLC

Our affiliated companies have used the Employment Law Alliance in connection with numerous acquisitions, and have always been extremely pleased with our ability to obtain the highest quality legal advice on due diligence issues from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We have found the Employment Law Alliance firms to be not only first rate with respect to their legal advice but also responsive and timely in assisting us with federal and state law issues critical to our due diligence efforts. We consider the Employment Law Alliance to be an important part of our team.

Rockwell Collins, Inc.

We have partnered with many ELA firms on the development and execution of case management strategies with very positive results. We have been very pleased with the legal advice and counsel provided by the law firms we have utilized who are affiliated with the Employment Law Alliance. The ELA firms we have worked with are customer focused, responsive, and thorough in their approach to handling labor and employment law matters.

Elizabeth Daly
Assistant General Counsel


Sanmina-SCI has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world. Our customers expect that we will provide them with the highest quality and most sophisticated services in the marketplace. We have that same expectation for the lawyers with whom we do business. With operations in 17 countries, we need to be certain that we have a team of lawyers working together to address our employment law needs worldwide. The ELA has delivered exactly what it promised-- seamless and consistent high quality services delivered in each locale around the globe. It has quickly become a key asset for our human resources department.


We own, manage, and franchise hotels throughout the U.S. and in more than 90 countries. With more than 145,000 employees worldwide, ensuring that we comply with the complex web of local labor and employment laws in every one of these jurisdictions is a daunting task. The Employment Law Alliance has served as an important resource for us and we have benefited greatly from its expertise and long reach. When a legal dispute or issue has arisen in some far-flung place, Employment Law Alliance lawyers have always provided responsive, practical, and cost-effective assistance.

Wilmington Trust Corporation

Wilmington Trust has used the ELA to locate firms in California, Washington State, Georgia, and Europe. Our experience with the ELA lawyers with whom we have worked has always been one of complete satisfaction and prompt, practical advice.

Michael A. DiGregorio
General Counsel