Bonnie Levine’s practice focuses on Diversity & Inclusion and respectful-workplace initiatives from a global perspective. Utilizing her background and credentials in linguistics, diversity & inclusion management, and workplace investigations, Bonnie designs and executes upon multinational clients’ strategies for improving diversity and inclusion, training employees, and investigating policy violations, identifying and remedying latent office-culture problems between headquarters and subsidiaries abroad, or within particular subsidiaries. As lead of Ogletree’s Asia-Pacific regional team, Bonnie has extensive experience conducting trainings for, and investigations into conduct occurring in, locations such as Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea.
More broadly, Bonnie assists employers with business-practical cross-border guidance on all aspects of managing a global and internationally-mobile workforce, reconciling complex issues of multiple and conflicting laws and managing risk among multiple countries while enabling employers to prioritize country-specific analysis efficiently. She provides counseling on data privacy, employee mobility and expatriate strategy, restrictive covenants, international expansion, and alternative staffing structures. Recently, Bonnie served as an initial member of the firm’s COVID-19 response providing client guidance, leading the team for international inquiries and managing the firm’s “Global Solutions” content series. Bonnie’s pandemic-response work includes monitoring and applying evolving COVID-19 legal restrictions, preparing telecommuting and return-to-office policies, guiding employers through complex situations involving employees working remotely from a different country than their payroll. Particular jurisdictions in which Bonnie frequently helps employers address situations include China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Australia, Israel, and the UAE; she handles matters involving Europe and the Americas regularly as well.
An experienced workplace investigator and trainer, Bonnie helps companies with diversity and inclusion initiatives, and to respond to concerns such as sexual harassment, bullying, financial misconduct, and other whistleblower- and compliance-related reports. She specializes in multijurisdictional implications involved in navigating communication barriers, complex multicultural power dynamics, and cross-border matrix reporting structures. Bonnie also conducts customized executive, management, and general employee trainings on compliance, global codes of conduct, and facilitating a respectful workplace globally. She advises on related global and local policy strategy, and develops and administers individualized one-on-one trainings to address specific situations. Bonnie holds a Cornell University Diversity & Inclusion certificate and a certificate from the Association for Workplace Investigators.
In addition to guiding employers through day-to-day employment issues from a multinational perspective, Bonnie handles all forms of complex international employment disputes including litigation in the U.S. and abroad.