Final Programme

Thursday, 23 June 2022

16.00 – 17.00
MAICC*
14.00 – 19.00
MAICC*
20.00 – 23.00
16.00 – 17.00
National Representatives Meeting
14.00 – 19.00
Registration Open
20.00 – 23.00
Welcome Cocktail
16.00 – 17.00
Room MC 3.2
14.00 – 19.00
Skalkotas Foyer (-1 floor)
20.00 – 23.00
Byzantine Museum

MAICC*: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre

Friday, 24 June 2022

08.00 – 19.00
MAICC*
09.30 – 12.45
MAICC*
09.30 – 10.55
09.30-10.15
10.15-10.55
10.55 – 11.20
11.20-12.45
12.45 – 14.15
MAICC*
14.15 – 17.45
MAICC*
I. block 14.15-15.45
I. block 14.15-15.45
I. block 14.15-15.45
I. block 14.15-15.45
15.45 – 16.15
II. block 16.15-17.45
II. block 16.15-17.45
II. block 16.15-17.45
II. block 16.15-17.45
20.00 – 02.00
Zappeion Megaron
08.00 – 19.00
Registration Open
09.30 – 12.45
Plenary Sessions
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
Coffee Break
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
Lunch
14.15 – 17.45
Parallel Sessions I.
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
Panel Members:
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
Panel Members:
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
Panel Members:
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
Panel Members:
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
Coffee Break
Parallel Sessions II.
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
Panel Members:
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
Panel Members:
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.
Session Leader 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
Panel Members:
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
Gala Dinner
08.00 – 19.00
Skalkotas Foyer (-1 floor)
09.30 – 12.45
Mitropoulos Hall
09.30 – 10.55
10.55 – 11.20
Mitropoulos Hall
12.45 – 14.15
14.15 – 17.45
Mitropoulos Hall
Room MC 3
Skalkotas Hall
Room MC 2
15.45 – 16.15
Mitroupoulos Hall
Skalkotas Hall
Room MC 2
Room MC 3
20.00 – 02.00

MAICC*: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre

Saturday, 25 June 2022

07.30 – 08.30
Start from MAICC and Capital Hotel (Syntagma Square)
08.00 – 15.00
MAICC*
09.30 – 14.00
MAICC*
09.30-10.45
10.45 – 11.15
11.15-12.30
12.30-13.15
13.15 – 14.00
MAICC*
07.30 – 08.30
Morning Jog
08.00 – 15.00
Registration Open
09.30 – 14.00
Plenary Sessions & General Assembly
"Classics" of European employment law. Update on CJEU jurisprudence.
Prof. Catherine Barnard will guide us through the recent and most relevant milestones of CJEU jurisprudence on European employment law.
10.45 – 11.15
Coffee Break
The World Post-Covid: How the Pandemic Has Changed the Workplace Forever
"Employment lawyers have spent much of the last two years providing “emergency advice” on everything from government employment support schemes to the possibility of compulsory vaccination. Now we find ourselves grappling with the permanent shifts the pandemic has caused: the rapid rise of hybrid and remote working; new work-life balance challenges, and pressure for “rights to disconnect”; the challenge of managing a dispersed workforce; the impact of privacy laws when the office is also the home. This session considers these issues, and ponders, what the new equilibrium will look like."
Session Leader: Colin Leckey, Lewis Silkin, UK
Panel Members:
Agnieszka Fedor, Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak, Poland
Manolis Zacharakis, Zepos & Yannopoulos, Greece
Anne Denisart-Tremembert, HR manager, Euronext Paris, France
General Assembly
13.15 – 14.00
Conference Closing + Lunch to go
07.30 – 08.30
08.00 – 15.00
09.30 – 14.00
Mitropoulos Hall
10.45 – 11.15
Mitropoulos Hall
13.15 – 14.00

MAICC*: Megaron Athens International Conference Centre

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