Employment

Our firm has an in-depth knowledge of the Egyptian labour law and significant experience in the field of employment. We advise numerous multinational companies in relation to their day-to-day employment issues in addition to employment aspects of major acquisitions, spin-offs or transfer of business (asset deals). Our practice includes the following:
  • Providing legal advice on employment issues relating to the transfer of business; negotiating the transfer and/or the layoffs resulting from the transfer; as well as drafting the necessary documentation, settlements, waivers and so forth.
  • Advising (with Freshfields) Bristol Myers Squib on the employment aspects of its $4.1 billion sale to AstraZeneca of its share in the two companies’ diabetes joint venture.
  • Advising and representing Nestle on 30+ employment litigations resulting from the sale of its yoghurt business.
  • Advising and representing multinational companies in their collective negotiations with their employees. The subjects of negotiations varied from work conditions to guarantees in relation to acquisitions or de-mergers. In this respect, we represented Shell in the collective dispute before the Ministry of Manpower & Immigration resulting from the de-merger of its oil distribution business. We also conducted, advised and represented a multinational company in internal investigations and in litigation relating to employees’ illegal and violent strike.
  • Advising and representing employers in the negotiations and the documentation of the termination of white-collar and blue-collar employment contracts, including with senior management, with packages ranging between EGP 20,000 and EGP 3.1 million. In addition, we represent clients in any litigation that may result from the termination of employment contracts.
  • Advising and conducting investigations of alleged misconduct by employees of several multinational companies.
  • Drafting and reviewing employees’ handbooks and codes of conducts for several multinational companies. Our work also includes reviewing health & safety policies for clients, as well as anti-trust and bribery compliance codes. We also routinely advice clients on the legality of internal regulations and codes they apply as well as on the introduction of new regulations. We recently advised our clients on adoption of new policies such as those relating to subjecting the employees to physical search; conducting credit and criminal checks over employees; requesting medical check-ups and receive results without consent of employee; running drug testing on employees, and preventing smoking in all workspaces.
  • Advising a large number of multinational companies on several issues pertaining to the general provisions of the labour law. These include injury of employees during work, employees’ benefits, annual leaves, minimum salary per law, outsourcing of employees, pensions fund established for employees, work permits for foreigners, safety requirements, and plenty of other diverse, complex, routine as well as novel problems in the context of employment law.
  • Some of our clients to whom we habitually give general employment advice are Accenture, Air Liquide, Amazon, Amgen, Deutche Bank, Fischer & Paykel, FMC (an oil services company), Google, JP Morgan, KUFPEC, Mapfre Asistencia, Microsoft, Motorola, Nestle, Norgine, Orange, RWE, and Travelport.

Publications

  • Employment Guide for the Middle East/ North Africa, “Employment Law at a Glance”
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  • Le Global Memorandum on Employment Law in Egypt
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