08.00 – 19.00
09.30 – 12.45
09.30 – 10.55
Welcome and Keynote Speech
Welcome / Welcome by Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt & Anna Jerndorf , EELA Chair and EELA Vice-Chair / Welcome by Constantinos (Kostis) Bakopoulos, Member of the EELA Board representing Greece, host of the Athens conference 2022 / Welcome by Greek dignitaries: Mr Kostis Hatzidakis MP, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Vice President New Democracy; Professor Linos-Alexander Sicilianos, Dean of the Law School of Athens, Former President of the European Court of Human Rights; Mr Dimitris Vervessos, President of the Athens Bar Association and Chairman of the Greek Bar Association
Keynote Speech / Prof. Vassilios Skouris, President of the European Court of Justice (2003 – 2015), affiliated Professor at Bucerius Law-School, Hamburg, Germany.
10.55 – 11.20
Panel Discussion - A decade of challenges: European Union Quo Vadis?
Panel Speakers / Prof. Catherine Barnard, Cambridge University, UK / Peter Schoof, German ambassador to Greece (2014 -2017), Germany / Prof. Vassilios Skouris, President of the European Court of Justice (2003 – 2015), affiliated Professor at Bucerius Law-School, Hamburg, Germany / Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram, advocate, Clifford Chance Warsaw, co-founder of “Free Courts Foundation” and human rights activist." / Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt
12.45 – 14.15
14.15 – 17.45
Future work and classification of employees
New work forms challenge employee protection and the classification of employees. This session will cover the affected EU Directive on platform work, recent trends in national jurisprudence and legislation, “third categories” between employees and self-employed people, and how the panel anticipates, that the future of flexible working will be impacted by the classifications being applied.
Session Leader / Lee Gabbie, Bracher Rawlins LLP, London, UK
Paolo Carbone – Senior Employment Counsel, Deliveroo, based in Milan
Etienne Pujol – Founder and Partner, Berry Law, based in Paris
Beryl Philine ter Haar – Endowed Professor European and Comparative Law, based in Warsaw
Christos Ioannou – Director, European & Labour Market, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, based in Athens
Employee activism and the new world of labour relations
"Employee activism" is what happens when employees speak up with concerns about their employer's approach to subjects that are political, social and environmental. Often driven by younger workers, it takes place outside the traditional engagement with trade unions and employee representative bodies. It is on the rise. The session will look at what is driving this new phenomenon and at the range of possible responses. Should employers open a separate dialogue with employees on these subjects or try to confine them to more traditional forms of engagement and labour relations? What is the response of the trade union movement? Is there a connection between activism and the wider ESG agenda? What about retaliation risks and protections for the activists?
Session Leader Jean-Francois Gerard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Brussels, Belgium
Kevin Duffy, Barrister, former chair of the Irish Labour Court and, previously, Deputy General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Ruud van der Wel, Head of Global Employee Relations, Maersk
Feliciano F. González Muñoz, Head of Group Human Resources, LafargeHolcim
Lisa Salas, Labor Relations Director, DXC
Diversity and Inclusion: The Client perspective and the role of lawyers
Leading HR professionals and discrimination lawyers examine the HR and legal issues and opportunities. Insights into effective implementation of D&I policies and procedures as well as the complex discrimination law issues arising. What progress are law firms making? What does success look like and how do you measure it?
Session Leader Kara Preedy, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Berlin, Germany
Helen Ousley, Global Head of D&I, Freshfields
Miguel Castro, Senior Director, Diverse Ecosystem, SAP
Hans Bechtolf, In-House lawyer, German Autobahn
Claire Darwin, Barrister, Matrix Chambers
ESG in the workplace. Just a trend or a necessity?
What could (and should) organisations do to align with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and what would the impact be? We will discuss market practices relating to environmental, social and governance factors (ESG), and strategies for workplace implementation across different jurisdictions.
Session Leader / Almudena Batista Jimenez, Cuatrecasas, Madrid, Spain
Emily Martin, ESG director, Lloyds, London, UK
Soo-Ja Schijf, Kennedy Van der Laan, Netherlands
Thomas Bezani, GÖRG, Germany
Simon McMenemy, Ogletree Deakins, UK
15.45 – 16.15
Mobility of workers and remote working: the “new" Directive on Posted worker is already an old one? Hot topics and struggles after two pandemic years.
"The choice between remote work from another country or secondment during the pandemic: southworking and other new trends. Costs, organizational issues for the employers and life balance for the employees during and after the pandemic. Issues around social security and labour law: payment of social contributions, labour law rules application, immigration."
Session Leader Lea Rossi, Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci, Milan, Italy
Mrs. Foteini Bambali, ELA European Labour Authority
David Remedios, Head of Consultancy at ECA International
Anouk Dirix, Regional Labor & Employment Counsel , ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical BV
What are the trends and challenges arising from recent decisons of the Court of Justice on transfer of undertakings? Law and practical handlig
What are the trends and challenges arisingfrom recent decisons of the Court of Justice on transfer of undertakings? Law and practical handling
Session Leader: Sten Foyn, Haavind, Norway
Jorge Aranaz Benito, Cuatrecasas, Spain
Valérie Blandeau, Pinsent Masons, France
Effie Mitsopoulou, lawspace, Greece
Everyday racism: developing our understanding of racial microaggression in Europe
Dr Eddie Moore, Jr, originator of the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, and former BBC broadcaster Rachel Ellison, in collaboration with EELA members from across Europe, will help us develop our insight and skill in recognising the diverse forms bias, prejudice and microaggression can take. This session takes an informal, conversational approach and includes reflection and applied learning we can use with colleagues and clients.
Dr Eddie Moore, Jr, scholar, author and diversity and equity trainer, US; Rachel Ellison, former BBC broadcaster and leadership coach, UK
Contributors include Samantha Grant, US; Paul McFarlane, UK and Petra Sochorova, Czech Rep
Going Global, Staying Independent or anything in between?
The many routes to building a successful international employment law practice.
Session Leader / Stephan Swinkels, Littler Mendelson, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Peter Susser, Littler Mendelson, US
Pedro Pardal Goulão, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Portugal
Anu Waaralinna, Roschier, Finland
Maria Benbrahim, Hogan Lovells, Netherlands
George Theodosis, Lixouriotis Theodosis & Partners, Greece
20.00 – 02.00