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U.S. Labor and Employment Implications of International Business Transactions (Update)

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Produced on September 28, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

This program, presented by Matthew Miklave and Ian Clarke-Fisher of Robinson & Cole, will provide an overview of labor and employment implications in international business transactions. The program will begin by describing common scenarios in which these issues might arise. It will then provide an overview of the application of U.S. laws abroad, international legal considerations, common defense, and practical considerations to keep in mind when handling these matters.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the application of U.S. labor and employment laws abroad, including wage and hours laws, whistleblower protections, and anti-discrimination statutes
  2. Evaluate U.S. compliance with foreign law
  3. Analyze the foreign law defense, and how it is applied

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Matthew Miklave

Robinson & Cole

Matthew Miklave is a partner in our New York and Stamford offices and a member in the Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. He represents employers and management in all areas of civil rights, employment relations, and traditional labor law, including issues arising under federal and state antidiscrimination, antiretaliation, noncompete and restrictive covenants, labor, wage and hour, plant closing, family leave, retirement, election, and civil rights statutes.

Mr. Miklave represents employers in defense of lawsuits brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the National Labor Relations Act; the Help America Vote Act; the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1871; the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Employment Retirement Income Security Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as equivalent state and local laws. He defends governmental entities and officials in constitutional and civil rights litigation, including defense of claims brought under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

Mr. Miklave serves as lead negotiator and advises employers with respect to union-management labor negotiations and provides advice and counsel for labor and employment matters involving mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Miklave was a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., in its New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, offices. He also served as counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, in Washington, DC; as trial attorney to the NLRB's Regional Office in Brooklyn, New York; and as hearing officer in numerous union-management representation matters. Mr. Miklave also taught courses on civil rights and constitutional law as an adjunct faculty member at the American University in Washington, DC.

Mr. Miklave regularly lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of employment, labor, and civil rights-related topics. For almost 10 years, he hosted an online forum devoted to labor and employment issues. Mr. Miklave is on the adjunct faculty of LawLine.com, an online provider of CLE programs.

Mr. Miklave also served as an elected representative on the Norwalk (Connecticut) City Council (2001 to 2007, and 2011 to 2013), where he served as chair of the Planning Committee (2001 to 2007, and 2011 to 2012) and as council president (2002 to 2003).


  • University of Notre Dame Law School 
  • J.D. with honors 
  • American University 
  • B.S. with distinction
  • State of Connecticut
  • State of Michigan
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Ian T. Clarke-Fisher

Robinson & Cole LLP

Ian Clarke-Fisher is a partner based in the firm’s New York office.  He focuses on commercial and employment litigation. He works with businesses on every aspect of a dispute, from pre-litigation strategies to taking matters on appeal.  His commercial cases involve complex contractual disputes, along with breach of fiduciary duty, business torts, unfair trade practices, and intellectual property claims.  Ian also handles employment related cases and counsels clients on various employment issues, including restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues.  Ian is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group and Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. 


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Terrence G.

Excellent program.

Zachary H.

Well done Matt Miklave!

David T.

Great topic and presentation.

John C.

This is a superb and extremely interesting program.

Marilyn O.

Excellent, a lot of well organized information in a short amount of time.

kenneth H.

Good program.

Karen W.

Lawline classes are always great

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