Information Today
Volume17, Number 4 • April 2000
CCH, Baker & McKenzie Will Partner on Global Project

CCH, Inc., a provider of tax and employment law information and software, and Baker & McKenzie, a global law firm, have announced that they will join forces on a project designed to provide employers and their legal counsel with comprehensive, reliable legal insight and analysis on international labor and employment law issues.

According to the announcement, the agreement leverages Baker & McKenzie’s legal expertise and geographical coverage of employment relationships with CCH’s 87-year history of providing authoritative and critical legal information to business professionals around the world. Through this partnership, CCH will license content from publications of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group to expand coverage of global employment issues in CCH print and Internet ( products, as well as co-brand new products for human resources professionals, legal advisors, and other business professionals. New products developed by CCH will focus on the specialized information, insight, and solutions companies need as they expand their businesses into more complex and culturally diverse markets.

Baker & McKenzie’s Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group consists of more than 315 attorneys worldwide who represent multinational corporations in all aspects of employment-related litigation, benefits, and international executive transfer issues. Beginning later this year, the Group’s publications, including the Worldwide Guide to Termination, Employment Discrimination & Workplace Harassment Laws and The Global Employer newsletter, will be marketed by CCH. According to the announcement, these publications, written by Baker & McKenzie attorneys who are on the front lines of employment and labor issues in countries around the world, will serve as the centerpieces for a co-branded Web site to be launched by year’s end.

“There are enormous international opportunities for U.S. businesses today, but employment-related issues and complex human resources environments create significant risks for companies operating in a global economy,” said Jim Gallas, publisher at CCH’s Health and Human Resources group. “This agreement allows two of the legal community’s most respected and trusted organizations to meet this demand with the most authoritative resources available.”

“Because the laws governing non-U.S. jurisdictions are often more protective of workers’ rights than U.S. law, companies expanding internationally cannot give short shrift to labor and employment issues,” said Gerald L. Maatman Jr., co-coordinator of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Labour, Employment, & Employee Benefits Practice Group. “Successfully managing international employment concerns is a critical prerequisite to reaping the economic rewards of globalization.”

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie is a global law firm that established operations in each of the world’s major commercial and financial centers more than 25 years ago. Today, the firm maintains 60 offices in 35 countries and has more than 2,650 attorneys.

CCH, Inc. is a 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, according to the announcement. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S.

Source: CCH, Inc., Riverwoods, IL, 847/267-7000; and Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, 312/861-8000;

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