Employment Law

We understand and track the major legal trends facing HR in multinational enterprises. For instance, we have established that:

* In many middle-eastern and Asian countries there is a growing obligation to give nationals first priority to fill new jobs or reserve a quota of jobs for local candidates.

* The most widespread development in Europe is the advent of gender pay differential monitoring and reporting.

* Data protection legislation is the second most important global area of concern for HR.

* The global trend is towards much more restrictive controls on cross-border labour mobility. However, countries are generally relaxing visa restrictions for short term trips.

* Although much talked about in the HR press, few HR professionals are actually ready for the rapid spread of labour displacing technologies – particular in service roles – and its organisational/legal implications.

Day-to-day law

In addition to monitoring the big legal picture, we offer many practical ways to assist everyday decision-making. Central to this is a pathway for HR practitioners, or legal counsel, to discover whether a particular situation in a jurisdiction is subject to legal restrictions or obligations. This involves a seven-step process enabling users to:

1.Gain an overview of the jurisdiction (where possible) by watching an audio-visual FedEE® employment law programme presentation.

2.Visit the country-by country or topic sections of the FedEE® knowledgebase and drill down quickly to the answers you need – all written in simple “jargon-free” English.

3.Consult original laws, regulations and codes in the Federation’s knowledgbase.

4.Read daily updates (or our fortnightly newswire) to learn about the latest developments.

5.Contact our legal helpline for tailored answers to legal questions.

6.Upgrade to FedEE® Fellowship and attend our networking round table where issues can be openly discussed ‘off the record” with other HR professionals.

7.Sign up to FedEE®’s one-year ‘HR Counsel’ course to gain competence in handling a wide range of legal issues in your focus countries.

Did you know that?

  • In Taiwan the minimum rest period between shifts in many industries has been reduced from 11 hours to 8 hours and the number of monthly overtime hours have increased from 46 to 54 – provided that the maximum is 138 hours every quarter.
  • Under an EU Directive effective in 2018 it becomes lawful for trade secrets to be obtained through the “exercise of the right of workers or workers’ representatives to information and consultation in accordance with Union law and national laws and practices”.
  • There is now a tax incentive under the Slovak labour Code to give workers 13th and 14th month fixed bonus payments.
  • In the USA the Auto Workers Union is now recruiting members and gaining recognition for the representation of food service workers.
  • In Singapore there is a state subsidy to encourage employers to give pay increases.
  • One of the most dangerous jobs in the World is being a Labour Minister in Italy. Two of incumbents have been assassinated in the post-war period – ironically about the issue of job reinstatement.