Erika C. Collins
Erika C. Collins is a Shareholder in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice at Epstein Becker Green. Based in New York, she co-heads the firm’s International Employment Law group. Erika works with multinational public and private companies on complex international employment and human resources matters, with a particular focus on navigating cross-border legal and cultural differences.
Known for her knowledge and work around the globe, Erika has more than 25 years of experience advising multinational companies on myriad issues including:
- Expanding or downsizing throughout the world, including handling office openings and workforce expansions; restructuring, employment terminations, mass layoffs, and office closures; payroll, benefits, and vacation questions; trade secret, expatriate, and employee mobility issues; and executive hirings and terminations and the attendant negotiations
- Preparing employment, separation, expatriate, and consulting agreements in dozens of countries
- Conducting multi-country audits of employment laws and practices, and providing strategic compliance advice regarding a wide range of issues, including fixed-term contracts, outsourcing, and working time and leave regulations
- Counseling clients on preparing non-U.S. employment packages and agreements that are competitive and compliant with local laws
- Advising employers on sexual harassment and other misconduct allegations in numerous international jurisdictions, and assisting with related investigations
- Handling cross-border M&A transactions, conducting employment-related due diligence on international subsidiaries, and providing advice regarding local business transfer laws and employee transition and integration issues
- Helping companies comply with onerous non-U.S. data privacy regulations, such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, and advising on the requirements for transferring employee data to the United States
- Providing strategic advice to multinational companies that are rolling out and implementing global policies, benefit plans, and codes of conduct
Erika serves as the editor of The Employment Law Review (11th Edition), which covers employment laws in 46 countries. She is also a former Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee and the current Chair of Cambridge Forums’ International Labor and Employment Forum. Erika is also a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Erika attended Brown University for her undergraduate studies and University of California, Davis for law school.
In 2014, Erika was admitted to the ICU in septic shock after spending a week with flu-like symptoms. Having never heard of sepsis, Erika feels very fortunate that she received excellent and life-saving care. As a sepsis survivor, Erika is committed to advocating for and increasing sepsis education and awareness.