Laura L. Becking


New York

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Laura Becking, a New York partner and head of the Global Employment & Equity Compensation practice, has extensive expertise in advising large international corporations on global HR and compensation related legal matters at all stages of the company and employee life cycle in over 100 hundred countries. 

She advises companies on a wide range of HR legal matters, including hiring and discrimination concerns, reclassifications risks, HR data privacy compliance, implementation of compensation plans, roll out of employee handbooks and policies, performance management and terminations. She also has extensive experience with the implementation of employee equity and other compensation and benefits arrangements outside of the U.S. and covers all aspects of all securities, foreign exchange and tax filings triggered by such roll-outs. She is regularly appointed by clients as special global employment and equity compensation counsel on corporate transactions. Her practice is unique in the market as she provides integrated advice covering both the employment law and the compensation issues that arise with respect a company’s global employee and contingent worker population.

Most recently, Ms. Becking has advised technology companies such as AppAnnie, Cisco, Elasticsearch, Facebook, GitHub, Keysight Technologies, Nvidia, Optimizely, Sabre, Snap, Splunk, The Trade Desk, Visa and VMWare in various global employment and equity compensation matters and transactions. She also advised on the employment and/or equity compensation aspects of several noteworthy corporate transactions this year, including on all of Facebooks global acquisitions and Facebooks issuance of new class C stock, all of Cisco’s global acquisitions, Sabre’s post-merger integration of Abacus in the Asia Pacific region and reorganization in Latin America region, and NVIDIA’s closure of Icera Modem operations in Europe, various global acquisitions by Aptean, global tender offers for a large number of pre-IPO clients.Array

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Be Prepared Update on EU Employment Data Privacy Laws

Global companies face stricter rules on employee data privacy, in particular when using social media and internal monitoring tools. It also now becomes clearer that many EU Member States will use the opening clause of Art. 88 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) to re-implement their “old” data privacy laws.

  1. Use of Social Media And Employee Analysis Tools Under GDPR

Recently, the Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”), the expert group of European data protection authorities, published its opinion on the upcoming changes relating to data privacy at the work place. It explains what employers should do for ensuring compliance with the GDPR and provides guidelines for the use of information found on social media platforms – such as Facebook or LinkedIn and for electronic monitoring of employees. READ MORE