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CELIA Alliance Newsletter Issue 2, July 2017

CELIA is an alliance of international law and professional services firms offering a broad array of expertise dedicated to helping international organisations make the most of their people. With established relationships around the globe Alliance members can assist wherever your people are situated.

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Welcome to the July issue of the CELIA Alliance newsletter.

The CELIA newsletter offers insightful and practical updates to readers with an international perspective. It highlights key law, tax, and immigration developments across the Alliance network, brought to you by the expertise of our members.

In this issue, we feature updates on key law and tax developments from around the world, from Canada to China, from Hong Kong to Helsinki, and beyond. These can be accessed using the relevant country flag icons above.


We are also delighted to share with you exciting news about the expansion of member firm FERRARIO PROVENZALI NICODEMI & PARTNERS.

As always, do email us with your feedback.


Feature - Member News


Intra Corporate Transfer Directive and international assignments: a patchy picture across the EU

In this article we examine the implementation of the Intra Corporate Transfer Directive (“ICT Directive”) in the Netherlands, as an illustration of its implications for employers in a particular jurisdiction, and to highlight some “knock-on” effects in other EU countries.


Feature - Member News


Religious attire: practical tips for EU employers

Throughout the EU, disputes with employees who wear religious clothes or symbols, such as Islamic headscarves and Christian crosses, can be expensive and damaging for employers.


Feature - Member News


Italy tax changes: rolling out the red carpet for impatriates

Italy is rolling out the red carpet for international workers who acquire Italian tax residency, in a series of generous tax reforms. Employers of individuals incoming to Italy should familiarise themselves with the new rules, in case they impact upon the value of their incentive packages.


Feature - Member News


Remote working across borders: opportunities and traps for international employers

The attractions of remote working are obvious but employers can easily overlook the legal and tax implications of employing remote workers in another country.


Feature - Member News


Employing in China: five things you need to know

With outstanding GDP growth over the past twenty years, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is taking its place among the world’s top economies and attracting significant foreign investment.



European Union

European Union - Employment / Labour Law

Market Abuse Regulation one year in: key issues for employee share plans

The Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR”) came into force throughout the EU one year ago, with significant impact for companies operating employee share plans. In this article we summarise the impact of the MAR on employee share plans, and some important points of clarification from its first year of operation...


France - Tax / Social Security

France: Major labour law reforms continue

Labour law reform was a major topic of newly elected President Macron’s election platform, in order to tackle unemployment and inflexible rules on hiring and firing...


France - Employment / Labour Law

Posting workers to France? New duties for host companies

Readers may recall our report on the particular complexities of posting workers into France. Recent legislation imposes additional controls and duties on companies in France which use posted workers (a "Host Company")...


Germany - Employment / Labour Law

New disclosure rules to ensure equal pay in Germany

A new law (EntgTranspG) to ensure equal pay of male and female employees comes into effect in Germany this summer (the "Act"). This will require employers, upon request by an employee, to disclose anonymised salary details of other employees working in a comparable position, and how they are calculated...


Netherlands - Tax / Social Security

Intra Corporate Transfer Directive and international assignments: a Netherlands case study

In this article we examine the implementation of the Intra Corporate Transfer Directive ("ICT Directive") in the Netherlands, as an illustration of its implications for employers in a particular jurisdiction, and to highlight some "knock-on" effects in other EU countries...


Netherlands - Tax / Social Security

The Netherlands and China Sign Social Security Treaty

As we previously reported, a social security treaty between the Netherlands and China was signed in September 2016. It has now been announced that the treaty will become effective as of 1 September 2017...


Poland - Employment / Labour Law

Labour law reform in Poland: changes on the horizon for employers of seasonal and short-term staff

A draft act with significant implications for employers of short term and seasonal workers in Poland has been adopted by the Polish Parliament ("the Act")...

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Immigration

The moving target of UK immigration policy: practical steps for workforce planning

UK immigration policy is a constantly moving target, amid the cut and thrust of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU...



Our News allows you to search all our articles on international law and tax issues - whether you are looking for specific information or just want to keep up to date with developments in international HR. You can search by topic, country or date. It also has links to other sites across the world which we think you may find useful as well as details of some upcoming international HR events.

Celia Newsbank



CELIA member firm Ferrario Provenzali Nicodemi & Partners is delighted to announce its expansion, and change of name, with the strategic hire of Andrea Nicodemi and his team...


How We Can Help


CELIA is an alliance of international professional services firms offering expert multi-disciplinary legal and tax services dedicated to helping international organisations make the most of their people. See our brochures for full details of our multi-disciplinary services and how we can help you with your general international HR needs, your international assignment programmes, or your move into new territories.

CELIA Alliance members who have contributed to this newsletter are:
Abbiss Cadres Galahad Anssen Loyens & Loeff SKS Legal Fidere Avocats Maisto e Associati Keller Menz Ferrario

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