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EEA: FedEE Code of Practice

FedEE’s 14-page data protection code of practice for multinational employers has now been published in the FedEE knowledgebase. This incorporates an annex that provides a model policy for pre-employment background checks. It is now our aim to seek approval from

UK: Waking up to Brexit

News Note from the FedEE Secretary-General: As Brexit negotiations get nearer,  two leading UK politicians from opposition parties have spoken eloquently in opposition to the decision, pointing out that – contrary to what Brexit supporters say – it is not …

Hong Kong: Minimum wage to rise

The minimum wage in Hong Kong has remained unchanged at $32.5 (US$ 4.19) an hour since May 2015. However, the Executive Council has decided that it should be raised to $34.50 (US$4.45) on May 1st 2017. The minimum wage …

Argentina: Hidden mobility bar

Although the laws of many bcountries prevent employers from discovering – or seeking to discover – spent or lower level criminal convictions of job applicants it may well pose a problem if the employee has to visit countries where a …

EU/Georgia: New visa waiver

The European Parliament has approved a visa waiver resolution for citizens of Georgia. If approved by the EU Council of Ministers it will allow Georgians with biometric passports to visit EU countries, Norway and Switzerland (but not the UK or …

Sweden: Gender quota dropped

A committee charged with examining the introduction of mandatory gender quotas on company boards has decided to not pursue the matter any further. This is because after making soundings it was discovered to have little parliamentary support. The proposal would …

Poland: Improvements for store staff

The Supermarket chain Lidl has announced further expansion this year and, with it, salary increases averaging 9% on March 1st. Basic rates will increase for general store staff by ZL200 a month, bringing their range to ZL2750 to ZL3500l. Fork …

Canada: Minimum wage hikes to 2020

The statutory minimum wage will rise in Quebec on May 1st 2017 by 50 cents to $11.25 (US$ 8.42) an hour. This will be the first of four annual rises designed to bring the wage to $12.45 (US$ 9.32) …

Global: Lies, damn lies and Oxfam

Income inequality is well known to be a growing problem, but can we believe all the figures? The leading charity Oxfam has just published a report stating that the world’s eight richest men own half of all global wealth. But …

USA: Cancellation of union dues blocked

The attempts by state legislators to outlaw union-management deals that allow union dues to be checked off directly from payrolls before salaries are paid, are being frustrated by advocates of the Taft–Hartley Act (LMRA) that cite SeaPak v. Indus., Tech.

USA: Goodbye America

The threat made by the US President-elect to impose a 35% tariff on the products of US companies that are manufactured offshore will almost certainly backfire.

Not only does America impose one of the highest corporation taxes in the world …

Italy: New rules on foreign secondees

The Department of Labour and Social Security has formalized its constraints on the posting of workers from all foreign countries by setting up an on-line portal. Employers posting workers on assignment into Italy (including from EEA member states) must now …

Russia: Closing the doors to foreign workers

The Russian Cabinet has reduced the number of work permits in the annual quota for 2017 by 17.3% compared to 2016. Although substantial, it is below the 36% cut in the quota introduced between 2015 and 2016. The quota for …

EU: Labour costs rise by 1.9%

Hourly labour costs rose, on average, by 1.9% across the European Union over the year to Q3 2016. The wage and salary component increased by 2% and non-remuneration component by 1.5%. Labour costs increased most in Romania(+14.7%), the Czech Republic(+9.0%), …

UK: Tax discrimination for being foreign

The UK tax authorities – HMRC – has issued a consultation paper about how they wish to handle “offshore structures” that may, or may not, seek to evade UK tax. What they propose is a requirement to notify (RTN) approach, …