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Are you a Danish company employing staff in the US?

  • Employees, Employment law, Holland & Knight LLP, Inspiration, Kromann Reumert, legal, US staff

At our event at Kromann Reumert May 25, the three expert speakers emphasized how significant the differences between Danish and American employment laws really are, and we gained a very valuable insight into the legal perspective of hiring employees in the US.

Why does it really matter?

Here’s a little statistical eye-opener, presented at the event.

  • From 1989-2009, employee lawsuits have increased by 400% – 6.5 claims per 1000 employees
  • On average, it costs more than $300,000 to settle an employment lawsuit
  • If judged by a jury, the employer typically has to pay a compensation of more than $490,000
  • As of 2009, 16% chance that the award exceeded $1 million; 67% chance that it exceeded $100,000
  • Employers cannot recover legal fees

According to Christopher G. Kelly, partner in Holland & Knight LLP, one of the most important things is to pay attention to and observe the corporate formalities between parents and US subsidiaries. American laws are enacted on both a federal, state and local level and can thus vary – a very different system than we know in Denmark. Howard Sokol, partner in Holland & Knight LLP, advises Danish companies to begin with these basic questions:

  1. What state are you going to?
  2. What type of entity do you plan on using?

US laws are subject to constant change, especially within discrimination laws, wage & hour laws, and worker classification. These are the three most litigated topics in the court’s today – so make sure you’ve got these legal areas covered!

Hear from Christopher G. Kelly and Howard Sokol here:

Hope you didn’t miss this great event!

If you’d like more information on what topics we covered on the event, check out the past event here.

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