Bonnie Puckett

Shareholder Atlanta

Bonnie Puckett leads the firm’s Asia-Pacific practice, advising on all types of cross-border and global employment matters within the Asia region and worldwide. Some of her major work includes preparing contracts, handbooks, and corporate policies designed for worldwide as well as country-specific use. Bonnie develops business-practical solutions for employers confronting various international challenges from onboarding, to compensation structure, to performance management, to transactional diligence and post-transaction workforce integration, to reductions in force. Guiding employers through international expansions and divestitures, Bonnie develops staffing solutions and helps clients manage costs and risks effectively, including those associated with tax, payroll, data, and employment-law compliance. Bonnie counsels employers regarding protection of proprietary information, data privacy, and administering restrictive covenants worldwide, helping clients achieve and administer global procedures as well as local compliance.

Global mobility and expatriate workforce comprises a significant focus of Bonnie’s practice. She designs and executes customized global mobility programs and cross-border immigration risk profiling, and prepares all expatriate-related documentation including cross-border remote worker arrangements, assignment agreements, intercompany service agreements, expatriate packages and documentation, and tax equalization policies. She regularly oversees outbound immigration matters, with extensive experience in Canada, China, and Hong Kong. Bonnie routinely helps clients navigate difficult issues and conflicting regulations involving border operations (in particular, Canada-U.S. and China-Hong Kong), and executives and sales employees with responsibility for multiple countries.

An experienced litigator, Bonnie helps clients resolve disputes involving current and former overseas employees, defending companies in complex United States-based litigation with international issues and providing strategic direction on litigation overseas in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Philippines. She advises on cross-border dispute resolution issues and procedural requirements, such as multi-country litigation, service of process in foreign jurisdictions, personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants and venue arguments, conflicts of law, and judgment enforcement. Bonnie has litigated state and federal wage-hour class and collective actions and discrimination lawsuits under statutes such as Title VII and the ADA.

Bonnie has extensive experience handling matters throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia; her regular practice also involves Europe (including Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands) and the Middle East (with particular expertise in the United Arab Emirates and Israel). Bonnie assists government contractors with staffing and mobility decisions involving an expatriate workforce in hazardous locations.

Bonnie writes and speaks regularly on workforce management in Asia, as well as other topics relevant to the global employer such as mobility, global compliance, international restrictive covenants, investigations, gender equality, contingent workforce issues, and data privacy.

Bonnie clerked for the Honorable Beverly B. Martin at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. While in law school, she was an Articles Editor for the University of Michigan Law Review.


Experience

In addition to regularly handling employee contracts, global and multi-country policies and handbooks, independent-contractor engagements, and terminations all over the world, Bonnie’s representative projects include:

  • Managing multiple global and regional restructuring affecting employees based in various countries such as China, Japan, Korea, UK, Canada, France, Singapore, and the United States
  • Drafting and implementing internal Rules of Employment required to be filed in countries such as Korea, Japan, and Taiwan
  • Conducting trainings on managing workforce in Asia and managing contingent workforce
  • Advising on litigation involving international employees in the United States, China, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Japan
  • M&A due diligence in international acquisitions in Japan, China, Canada, and Ireland
  • Preparing global compensation plans and advising on implementation, including required employee consultation processes
  • Conducting comprehensive mobility audits, as well as workforce audits focusing on countries such as China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Advising on wage-hour laws and risk-management in countries without standard overtime exemptions, and negotiating working-hour arrangements under local laws and labor agreements
  • Post-acquisition workforce integration in countries including Spain, China, Malaysia
  • Leading workplace investigations including those involving sexual-harassment, conflicts of interest, theft of company property, and kickbacks
  • Managing litigations, arbitrations, and agency proceedings in countries such as China, Japan, and the Netherlands, involving claims of unfair dismissal, wage-hour violations, and restrictive covenant enforcement
  • Preparing and executing divestiture strategy in China
  • Negotiating staffing-agency, payroll, outsourcing, and cooperative international student internship program agreements
  • Advising on labor-law compliance and preparing assignment documentation and mobility policies for deployed U.S. government contractors, including those assigned to military bases and those governed by a Status of Forces Agreement
  • Executing and resolving high-risk separations involving employees with protected status under local law, such as Works Council members in Europe, employees within a year of giving birth in China, and employees claiming illness or disability.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (International and Labor & Employment Section)
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Executive Board, American Jewish Committee Atlanta Regional Office, ACCESS Young Adult Division
  • Member, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region
  • AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
  • Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • International Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''As the World Turns: Protecting Trade Secrets, Customer Relationships, and Intellectual Property When Employees Leave'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Symposium - ''An Expat Case Study'' - Phoenix - May 09, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - ''Harassment Investigations in 2018: The World Has Changed'' - Washington - March 29, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - ''Employee Data Privacy Worldwide: GDPR and Beyond'' - Washington, D.C. - March 29, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - ''You Can’t Take it with You: Departing Employees and Trade Secrets'' - Washington - March 29, 2018
  • Bloomberg BNA Webinar - ''Easing the Pain of Multi-Country Payroll'' - June 14, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''The New Administration: Global Mobility in 2017'' - Atlanta - May 18, 2017
  • The Knowledge Group Webinar - ''The Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election'' - May 15, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Emerging Issues for Multinational Employers: New Regulations, New Risks, New Challenges'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins International Practice Group Seminar - ''Emerging Globalism: Dealing with Change in Multi-National Organizations'' - Washington - March 29, 2017
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) - ''Team Moves and the Enforcement of Non-Compete Covenants'' - Chicago - September 12, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Maximizing Global Workforce Mobility: Best Practices and Pitfalls'' - St. Louis - September 12, 2016
  • The Knowledge Group /The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series - ''International Labor & Employment Law: Significant Issues to Watch For in 2016 & Beyond'' - September 12, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Global Mobility and International Employment Issues Workshop'' - Atlanta - October 21, 2015
  • Law Firm Network (LFN) - ''Employee Non-Competes for Multinational Corporations'' - Milan - June 06, 2015
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Northeast Chapter - ''Global Labor and Employment Compliance'' - Boston - October 08, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''After the Acquisition: Integrating a Global Workforce'' - Los Angeles - September 20, 2014

Published Works

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Our Insights

It’s Official: Employers in Japan Must Convert Some Fixed-Term Employment Contracts to Indefinite Status

May 03, 2018

Highlighting Women’s Workplace Rights and Entitlements in the Asia-Pacific Region

March 08, 2018

Death by Overwork in Japan: Cultivating a Healthy Workforce From Across the World

December 11, 2017

Ogletree Deakins International Video Series: At-Will Employment

October 17, 2017

Ogletree Deakins International Video Series: Anti-Harassment

October 10, 2017

Ogletree Deakins International Video Series: Cross-Border Investigations

October 03, 2017

Ogletree Deakins International Video Series: Top 5 Labor and Employment Concerns for U.S.-Based Multinational Businesses

September 26, 2017

Lightening the Rules! Thailand Reduces Procedural Requirements for Company Work Rules to Encourage Foreign Investment

September 11, 2017

U.S. and International Employers: Now Is the Time to Reaffirm Your Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

November 22, 2016

French Labor Court Holds: Look The Other Way And Pay

July 27, 2016

Understanding Singapore’s Employment Act and Its Recent Amendments

June 27, 2016

It’s All Good in China, Until It Isn’t: Tips and Flags for PRC Employers

June 22, 2016

International Crackdown: Tax Authorities Look to Employment Structures in Initiating Audits

May 26, 2016

Independent Contractor or Employee: How Some Countries Differ

October 27, 2013

Independent Contractor or Employee: Tips for Drafting Multinational Independent-Contractor Agreements

July 24, 2013

Independent Contractor or Employee: Issues to Consider Before Choosing an Independent-Contractor Engagement

May 28, 2013

Independent Contractor or Employee: Are Independent Contractors the Best Solution for Multinational Organizations?

April 24, 2013

Tax Considerations for Employment Lawyers

September 19, 2012

Following U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq, Government Contractors Facing Tough Challenges from New Immigration Requirements

May 24, 2012

Media

Media Quotes

2015 - Global Legal Insights - Employment & Labour Law, 3rd Edition - "Hot Topics for U.S. Organizations in Global Employment Labour and Employment Law Compliance"
2013 - The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Employment & Labour Law 2013 - "Engaging Independent Contractors for Multinational Organizations"
September 19, 2012 - Ogletree Deakins International Blog - "Tax Considerations for Employment Lawyers"

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