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Leslie Bonacum
Neil Allen

New CCH / Baker & McKenzie Guide Helps Companies Ease Challenge Of International Industrial Relations

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., December 6, 2000) – The employment law experts of CCH INCORPORATED (CCH) and Baker & McKenzie have introduced a concise new reference – Worldwide Guide To Trade Unions And Works Councils – to help multinational corporations successfully manage industrial relations on an international basis. (400 pages, $79. To order or for more information, call 1-888-276-5422, or visit or

Published by CCH, a leading provider of human resources information, the Guide surveys the laws relative to union and works council rights in major commercial jurisdictions throughout the world to help multinational corporations understand and comply with the industrial relations environment where they conduct business.

"Companies doing business around the world face an extraordinary challenge," noted Jeff Kessler, CCH Human Resources group marketing manager.

"Each country has its own history and culture in terms of the relationship between employers, unions and works councils. To be successful, multinational corporations must comply with these diverse labor laws and respect the importance of local cultural attitudes while holding true to their global corporate business and personnel strategies.

"With this new Guide, companies, business and human resources executives and corporate counsel will have at their fingertips fast access to clear explanations of critical employment law information around the world," Kessler said.

Country-by-Country Coverage, Expert Guidance

Worldwide Guide To Trade Unions And Works Councils is authored by the employment law experts of Baker & McKenzie who deliver authoritative, concise legal explanations and guidance from the frontlines of their worldwide offices.

The handy reference surveys laws relating to industrial relations around the globe and presents plain-English explanations of what employers need to know to do business in 29 countries worldwide.

By identifying and explaining legal requirements and cultural standards, the book helps companies minimize employment, union or works council-related exposures in the context of running a business, as well as helps them establish themselves as an employer of choice.

Country-by-country, comprehensive information is presented in a straight-forward style and covers such topics as planning and administering remuneration schedules, benefits schemes, global human resources policies, lay-offs, plant closings and international reductions in force.

CCH, Baker & McKenzie Partnership Leverages Expertise, Experience

Worldwide Guide To Trade Unions And Works Councils is offered under CCH’s agreement with Baker & McKenzie to license content from publications of the Firm’s Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group to expand coverage of global employment issues in CCH print and Internet products and to co-brand new products designed for business and legal professionals.

The book is the second in a series of guides designed to help multinational companies conduct business. CCH and Baker & McKenzie released the Worldwide Guide To Termination, Employment Discrimination, And Workplace Harassment Laws earlier this year.

Baker & McKenzie's Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group consists of more than 350 attorneys worldwide who represent multinational corporations in all aspects of employment-related counseling and litigation, employee benefits and compensation and international executive transfer issues.

The agreement leverages Baker & McKenzie’s unparalleled legal expertise and geographic coverage of employment relationships, honed over 50 years of cross-border and domestic legal practice, with CCH’s 87-year history of providing authoritative and critical legal information to business professionals around the world.

Availability and Pricing

For more information or to purchase the 400-page Worldwide Guide To Trade Unions And Works Councils, call 1-888-276-5422 or visit or The 400-page Guide is $79 plus applicable tax, shipping and handling. Quantity pricing and school discounts are available.

About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in Chicago in 1949, Baker & McKenzie is the only truly global law firm with nearly 2,800 lawyers operating from 61 offices in 35 countries. The Firm offers the full spectrum of commercial legal services at global best-practice standards. For more information about the ways in which Baker & McKenzie provides focused and strategic counsel to clients around the world, visit the Firm’s web site at


CCH INCORPORATED, Riverwoods, Ill., is a leading provider of human resources, tax and business law information and services. For more than 60 years, the company’s Health and Human Resources group has set the standard as an authoritative source of employment law, including information on benefits, compensation, worker safety and human resources management. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer North America. The CCH web site can be accessed at The CCH Human Resources web site can be accessed at

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