People: Dominic Hodson, Partner

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Dominic Hodson

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: +1 (415) 544-1017
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Mr. Hodson is a partner in the San Francisco Office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Dominic specializes in the firm's International Employment Law practice and has devoted his career to the development of this niche practice.  He works regularly and closely with some of the world’s best known brands to assist them with all of their labor and employment needs outside of the US and guide them to compliant and commercially-practical resolutions to those needs.  Mr. Hodson's practice covers each region of the globe and encompasses not only the day-to-day issues which global employers face in managing their workforce in specific countries, but also the complex and detailed issues arising from the implementation and management of multi-jurisdictional HR projects.  He has a particular focus on the labor and employment aspects of international business transactions and his work includes:

  • employment issues arising out of international M&A, spin-offs, joint-ventures and outsourcings, such as global business transfer rules (e.g. TUPE and its European equivalents); employee, works council and trade union consultation and consent processes; termination and re-hire requirements; and pre- and post-transaction rationalization processes
  • employee integration issues, such as the harmonization of terms and conditions of employment and compensation and benefits programs; addressing change-in-control requirements; the reduction of excess head-count
  • the implementation of individual and collective terminations and reductions in force, including permitted reasons for termination; individual and collective (e.g. works council and trade union) consultation requirements; government and labor authority notification and approval processes; severance agreements and other termination documents
  • employee cost-management processes, such as adjustments and withdrawal of compensation programs; forced vacation; furloughs, unpaid leave and other reductions in working time
  • the protection of trade secrets and proprietary and commercially-sensitive information - non-compete and non-solicitation arrangements and requirements; requirements regarding compensation for employee inventions; proprietary information agreements
  • the investigation, assessment and resolution of employee disputes and allegations of wrongful conduct and behavior
  • documenting the employment relationship correctly and ensuring country-specific requirements (statutory, collective agreements etc.) are satisfied, such as via offer letters; employment contracts; employee handbooks and work-rules; group and country-specific policies
  • addressing global employment compliance issues, such as data-protection; workplace harassment and discrimination; equal opportunity; flexible work and working from home requirements
  • the arrangements for managing a globally-mobile workforce when employees move from one country to another, such as international assignments; international secondments; and long-term or permanent transfers
  • compensation and benefits compliance, such as leave entitlements; wage-hour compliance; protections for specific classes of employees (sick, disabled, expectant or new parents etc.)
  • the arrangements and compliance requirements for non-standard workers around the globe such as temporary employees; independent contractors; dispatched workers and agency employees

 

Mr. Hodson is a partner in the San Francisco Office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Dominic specializes in the firm's International Employment Law practice and has devoted his career to the development of this niche practice.  He works regularly and closely with some of the world’s best known brands to assist them with all of their labor and employment needs outside of the US and guide them to compliant and commercially-practical resolutions to those needs.  Mr. Hodson's practice covers each region of the globe and encompasses not only the day-to-day issues which global employers face in managing their workforce in specific countries, but also the complex and detailed issues arising from the implementation and management of multi-jurisdictional HR projects.  He has a particular focus on the labor and employment aspects of international business transactions and his work includes:

  • employment issues arising out of international M&A, spin-offs, joint-ventures and outsourcings, such as global business transfer rules (e.g. TUPE and its European equivalents); employee, works council and trade union consultation and consent processes; termination and re-hire requirements; and pre- and post-transaction rationalization processes
  • employee integration issues, such as the harmonization of terms and conditions of employment and compensation and benefits programs; addressing change-in-control requirements; the reduction of excess head-count
  • the implementation of individual and collective terminations and reductions in force, including permitted reasons for termination; individual and collective (e.g. works council and trade union) consultation requirements; government and labor authority notification and approval processes; severance agreements and other termination documents
  • employee cost-management processes, such as adjustments and withdrawal of compensation programs; forced vacation; furloughs, unpaid leave and other reductions in working time
  • the protection of trade secrets and proprietary and commercially-sensitive information - non-compete and non-solicitation arrangements and requirements; requirements regarding compensation for employee inventions; proprietary information agreements
  • the investigation, assessment and resolution of employee disputes and allegations of wrongful conduct and behavior
  • documenting the employment relationship correctly and ensuring country-specific requirements (statutory, collective agreements etc.) are satisfied, such as via offer letters; employment contracts; employee handbooks and work-rules; group and country-specific policies
  • addressing global employment compliance issues, such as data-protection; workplace harassment and discrimination; equal opportunity; flexible work and working from home requirements
  • the arrangements for managing a globally-mobile workforce when employees move from one country to another, such as international assignments; international secondments; and long-term or permanent transfers
  • compensation and benefits compliance, such as leave entitlements; wage-hour compliance; protections for specific classes of employees (sick, disabled, expectant or new parents etc.)
  • the arrangements and compliance requirements for non-standard workers around the globe such as temporary employees; independent contractors; dispatched workers and agency employees

 

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney School of Law (1997)
  • Bachelor of Science Inorganic Chemistry Hons. I, University of Sydney (1995)

Admissions

  • California (Foreign Legal Consultant - Australia)
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Federal Court of Australia

Affiliations

  • California Bar Association
  • New South Wales Law Society

*Not admitted to practice in the California State Bar

Presentations

  • "International Non-Compete Law Update," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 28, 2016)