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The Gig Economy: Perils and Opportunities in a Global Workplace


As labor markets and the economy adapt to new collaborative business models, demand for labor is more diversified than ever and employment models are evolving towards more flexible, non-standard forms of employment including on-demand, casual and temporary work.   These models can create new opportunities and enable greater flexibility for consumers, businesses and workers, while challenging existing legal frameworks and blurring boundaries between employment and self-employment.

In this program, DLA Piper speakers will explore the trends and key challenges relating to non-standard employment models for global businesses, with a focus on how these rules play out in a global labor and employment laws.   We will explore the different status options available around the globe, potential challenges to atypical working models including misclassification and joint employment, and how to minimize the risk of getting it wrong.

Educational Objectives:
• Gain knowledge about the key legal framework relating to atypical employment around the globe 
• Discover the key risks for businesses if status is challenged 
• Understand how to structure arrangements in a way to minimize risk

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
• HR professionals dealing with non-standard employment relationships  
• In-house counsel responsible for labor & employment matters 
• International mobility teams 
• Entrepreneurs considering scaling their gig business globally


Ute Krudewagen
  • Partner
  • DLA Piper

Ute Krudewagen focuses on providing multinational companies with solutions to the challenges presented in managing a global workforce. In addition, she counsels companies on employment issues triggered by cross border transactions. Ute advises international and cross border clients on a broad range of complex global employment matters, serving as trusted advisor and managing international counsel for a broad range of multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary projects. Her vast experience includes advising on global background checks, employment and independent contractor agreements, discrimination and harassment claims, social media issues, global policies and procedures, non compete and proprietary information agreements, works council and union issues, codes of conduct and social responsibility, workplace privacy, employee assignments and global mobility programs, global reductions in force, restructurings and severance and retention plans.Ute also counsels global employers on the issues associated with transactions, including cross border mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, post acquisition integrations and tax restructurings. She has successfully addressed employment issues in transactions with workforces in more than 60 jurisdictions in one transaction, with deal values ranging from US 2 million to US 8 billion, including negotiation and drafting of the deal agreement, employee transfers, consultations with unions and works councils, benefits harmonization, interim operating models and acquisition related downsizings.Her experience includes advising both emerging growth companies and Fortune 500 companies across a wide spectrum of industries and jurisdictions across the globe, including technology software, fashion retail, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, energy, manufacturing and distribution, energy, as well as banking and finance. Ute Krudewagen is a member of DLA Piper s North American Pro Bono Committee.

Adam Hartley
  • Partner
  • Head of Employment, UK, DLA Piper

Adam Hartley has in depth experience of employment issues arising in the financial services sector and, in particular, the insurance sector. In particular, Adam s capabilities include advising and managing international restructures as well as solving employee disputes, injunctions and other high court employment matters both in the UK and throughout Europe.As well as representing financial services clients, Adam also acts for a number of clients in the recruitment, medical, technology and retail sectors. Adam has a masters in Human Resources Management and his dissertation focused on the Acquired Rights Directive TUPE. Adam is Head of the Employment group in the UK and London.DLA Piper s excellent team is led by Adam Hartley, who relocated to the London office from Leeds in February 2015.

Nicholas Turner
  • Partner
  • Head of Employment Group, Australia, DLA Piper

Nicholas Turner has almost 20 years experience working in employment and executive remuneration and employee incentives and has worked extensively in Australia, Asia and London. He is qualified in both Australia and the United Kingdom and was previously a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong.Nicholas is known for his hands on, pragmatic approach to advising clients having represented clients on their most complex and sensitive matters.Nicholas advises on the full range of employment and workplace issues including senior executive contracts, remuneration and incentive structures, managing senior executive exits, workplace change management, workplace disputes, strategic enterprise bargaining and responding to industrial action workplace investigations and discrimination and harassment claims as well as day to day employment matters. He also has extensive experience in cross border projects, the employment and employee benefits and incentive aspects of corporate transactions and employee transfers, outsourcing arrangements and restructurings.Nicholas has particular expertise in advising clients on key employee retention arrangements and the enforcement of and defending post employment restrictive covenant claims including advising clients on the protection of their business interests through the drafting and enforcement of post employment restrictive covenants. He is also instructed off panel to act for employers on complex, high value and sensitive employment disputes.

Continuing Education

A basic understanding of global employment law issues.
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