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CELIA Alliance Newsletter, February 2020

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 February 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.


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Germany - Employment/Labor Law

Germany: A year on: a review of the new laws on the expiry of paid annual leave entitlements

In February 2019, the BAG (German Federal Labour Court) decided to change the law on the expiry of paid annual leave entitlements.


Netherlands - Tax

The Netherlands: Dutch Budget 2020 - New Tax brackets and Tax Free Allowances

Alongside a two-bracket tax system, there has also been an increase from 1.2% to 1.7% for the tax free allowance for the first 400,000 euros of taxable wages under the Employment Costs Scheme.


Canada - Employment/Labor Law

Canada: For Tech startups, salary isn’t the only way to attract talent

For tech entrepreneurs, attracting the right talent early on can pose a challenge. Building out a stellar team of engaged individuals is undeniably critical to gaining market share and growing an organization over the long term.

Czech Republic

Czech Republic - Miscellaneous

Czech Republic: PRK Partners named 2019 Best Law Firm of the Year

Celia Alliance member, PRK Partners, has been named the 2019 Best Law Firm of the Year, organised by EPRAVO.CZ under the auspices of the Czech Bar Association and the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Miscellaneous

Abbiss Cadres further strengthens tax practice offering with strategic hire

UK-based CELIA Alliance member Abbiss Cadres is further expanding its integrated tax team with senior addition Doug Stratton, joining the firm in October 2019 as a Director.


United Kingdom - Miscellaneous

English Firm, Abbiss Cadres LLP, selected by legal peers for “The Times Best Law Firms 2020”

CELIA Alliance member Abbiss Cadres has been identified in The Times as one of the top 200 law firms out of 10,000 plus firms in England and Wales for the second consecutive year. in France.


Netherlands - Tax / Labor Law

Netherlands: Dos and Don’ts: Best practice when dealing with a visit by the Dutch Labour Inspectorate

The Dutch Labour Inspectorate (Inspectie SZW) can visit a workplace without prior notice, to ensure that employers comply with the law and that everything taking place at a workplace is legally compliant.


China - Corporate All

China: New foreign investment law 2020 brings radical change to the governance and ownership of foreign investment entities

China’s Foreign Investment Law (FIL) implemented major reforms from 1 January 2020 affecting all aspects of foreign investment in China.


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CELIA Alliance members who have contributed to this newsletter are:
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PRK Partners
Loyens & Loeff
Keller Menz
Keller Menz

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