FedEE Blog

Comment: European nightwork trends

Although much has been written about the health dangers of working at night and EU Directives establish a framework of legal restrictions on the duration of night work and who can work at night, there is little reliable data on …

Comment: Missing the point

Doaa Elghobashy was the first Olympic athlete to compete in a hijab last year, whilst Nike has announced it will be launching its own version of the sports hijab next year. This week secular Turkey has even agreed to let …

Comment: The taxing question

One of the biggest issues facing companies operating across borders is in which country should their geographically mobile staff pay income tax and social security contributions.

A great deal depends on the nature of the geographical mobility and the countries …

Comment: The shifting sands of labour

Although the demand for labour in advanced economies is facing a longer-term decline there are significant shorter-term labour shortages in some countries, often due to demographic trends and a reluctance to expand by setting up operations abroad. However, in Japan …

Comment: Our masks of integrity

Countless experiments make it clear that we all do it, are very poor at detecting it in others and its consequences can be very dramatic. Lying is so much an everyday event that its incidence has been found to average …

Comment: A case for purpose, not vision

One of the last great mysteries of the commercial world is why companies confuse their vision statements with their primary purpose. It remains an uncomfortable truth for many company boardrooms, but there is only one primary purpose that a company …

Comment: What Nexit?

During the Second World War the Netherlands tried to assert its neutrality – but they were over-run by Hitler’s army in any case. With its own substantial nazi party, many of the Dutch people turned out to welcome the invaders.…

Comment: Profile of an imploding nation

Companies investing in Cameroon should beware of the huge linguistic split that exists in the country and the institutional infighting about the spoils of corrupt practices and dubious foreign aid programmes.

Back in 1961 the English-speaking south Cameroon voted to …

Comment: Thanks America, Greed is good again

Way back, when I first attended an after-work social gathering in the USA, I did so with a pretty waitress I had asked out to fulfill a dare. The first stranger who came up to me introduced himself with the …

Editorial: Picking up the pieces

As thousands of disenchanted Americans swing the vote to make Donald Trump 45th President of the United States stock prices plunge around the world and outside the USA only President Putin is left smiling.

But what does this result …

Editorial: Limits to employee monitoring

In most companies managers and colleagues often need to access the communications of fellow workers, especially when they are absent, or if they work part-time. But in doing so there is the ever present threat that they may be breaching …

Editorial: Opening up the job market

Governments and their agencies around the world have long been the principal enemy of service sector growth. Examples abound, from the Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) clamping down on VoD companies such as Netflix for hosting films it does …

Editorial: Two years on

Back in October 2014, an attempt by the UK before the European Court of Justice to challenge the EU’s cap on banker’s bonuses was big news. Then, one of the court’s principal advisors – Advocate General Jääskinen – declared, quite …

Editorial: The European wage bubble

Across much of Europe over the past two years low levels of price inflation – or even contracting price levels (deflation) -have been running hand in hand with high levels of wage inflation. This illogical phenomenon is particularly evident in …

Comment: Calling time on wage cartels

Although long past its heyday, collective bargaining remains a potent symbol for trade unions of a fading socialist ethic and an expression of their fundamental rights. It is encapsulated in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work …