PRACTICE AREAS

Employment, Benefits and Pensions

Practice Areas

Our Employment, Benefits and Pensions team has experience in all aspects of Labour Law and related areas. Conscious of the need to promote an accurate and effective management of employment relationships between employers and employees to optimise human resources and ensure the levels of high competition of companies, we have the required expertise and experience to make possible the provision of a full range of services.

We provide regular advice to multinational companies, medium and small companies, as well as support to the other departments of our firm on labour matters arising from several operations and transactions, such as restructuring, mergers, splits and acquisitions. Moreover, we have a wide experience in the field of social security schemes and in providing advice in respect of supplementary contributory system to our clients.

Among the services we provide, we highlight the following:

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Legal support on companies' restructuring processes, including collective dismissals and individual redundancies, termination by mutual consent and lay-offs;

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Labour due diligence;

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Advice on general and strategic employment and social security issues;

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Review and drafting individual employment contracts, temporary employment contracts, employee's assignment contracts and services contracts;

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Management of employment contracts (including functional and geographical mobility, change of remuneration, fringe benefits and preparation of bonus incentive plans and stock option purchase plans);

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Defence in court and administrative proceedings, involving employment related claims and lawsuits filed by employees, Unions and Portuguese Labour Authority;

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Assistance in meetings with Unions, Class Associations and Regional Labour Offices;

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Assistance regarding work related accidents proceedings, before court and administrative entities;

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Advice on employer's obligations in relation to Health and Safety at the workplace;

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Assistance and instruction of disciplinary procedures;

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Assistance on hiring of foreign employees and legalisation processes;

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Collective bargaining agreements negotiations.

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