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FedEE exists to enable you, as an HR professional in a multinational company, to operate in a truly effective way – with far less uncertainty. HRIS helps you to know how your internal HR systems are performing, FedEE keeps you in touch with external developments and ensures that you stay compliant with the law.

As an employers’ organisation we are on your side from the start. We provide great value for money and a speedy service – and FedEE Corporate Membership generally saves a company over half its annual legal fees.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing(Socrates)

Relying on “common sense,” or the laws of a home country as a guide to legal requirements in another country can be very dangerous.

In fact, most HR professionals are not even aware of the laws in countries that are familiar to them. For instance: the bizarre fact that in the UK the Equality Act (2010) provides employment protection to women from the first day of their pregnancy – even before they could possibly know they are pregnant themselves.

In Argentina, a male employee may lawfully change their gender without supplying medical proof and then claim retirement at an earlier age as a female.

In Belgium, there is no initial trial period allowed when someone is hired for the first time.

In China, if someone has not resigned from their previous job, then the new employer becomes responsible for all previous outstanding liabilities.

In the Netherlands, an employee may take paid sickness absence for up to 104 weeks at their company’s expense. If they are not reintegrated correctly they take 52 weeks more paid leave.

In Slovakia, all job adverts must include the pay being offered.

In Spain, an employee may not be dismissed because of imprisonment on remand. In such a case, they must be suspended. They may only be dismissed upon conviction – and then only because of their absence.

 

The Employment Law Monitoring Service

There are over 350,000 legal amendments and over half a million court and tribunal cases in the field of employment law every year. In “common law” countries like the USA, UK, India and Singapore legal precedents are set almost every working day.

How does an employer know if they are compliant?  FedEE constantly sifts through these changes and notifies companies about what they need to know through its daily updates and fortnightly newswires. Is there a coming deadline for completing a government social security return or preparing a pay gap report? When does a new law come into effect and how will it affect the way you do business?

Consult Our Huge Employment Law Knowledgebase

There can be few days when an HR professional is not confronted about a difficult people question and has to ask themselves about the legality of an action. Many flinch from such questions and hope for the best, but a true professional will check online by consulting the FedEE knowledgebase. Here they will find the requirements of employment laws in over 100 countries – all written up in simple English. A five-minute check could save a seriously wrong decision or expensive dispute down the line.

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The FedEE Story

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FedEE’s analysis of the current crisis facing the British economy.

 

Your Priorities for 2020-2022

The World is rapidly becoming a more chaotic and uncertain place and it is only going to get worse.  What has been happening on the streets of Hong Kong, Paris and Santiago is relevant for companies because the focus of protest is likely to be directed increasingly at them.

The old days when workers collectively went out on strike about an issue of dispute that could be resolved by negotiation is being replaced by random disputes generated by individuals that go viral on the social media. It does not matter in the court of the social media if a company ever did what they are accused of. The individual is believed if their story appeals to mass prejudices. Crowd funding will then support its escalation to a major confrontation that seriously harms an employers’ reputation. This is not a situation where PR can step in, the case is already lost and damage done. The only hope is that the employer will eventually be vindicated for having complied with the law.

No HR professional wants to be in the firing line for the kind of vengeance meted out by a digital lynch mob. For that reason the future preoccupation of major employers must be legal compliance – and the quickest, easiest and cost effective route to compliance is through membership of FedEE.

Things you can do in the next few months:

  • Assess your level of employment law compliance.
  • Ensure that your HR policies are in line with statute and case law – drawing on FedEE’s knowledgebase to do so.
  • Have in place a specific contingency policy in case of a social media war.
  • Run regular focus groups of employees to determine what are the latent, hot issues.
  • Monitor social media traffic and tweets containing any reference to the company or top management.
  • Centrally monitor all employee disputes/grievances at every stage – maintaining comparable statistics.
  • When responding to any attack on the social media make clear that respect for personal privacy limits what the company can say, thus putting the company unfairly at a disadvantage.
  • Ensure that at least one member of the HR team undertakes FedEE’s one-year HR Counsel course.

      Test your own compliance

 

Services Tailored for You

Your Employment Law Questions Answered – Practically and Fast

If a quick check of the FedEE Knowledgebase does not come up with all the details you are looking for then the FedEE legal helpline is just a phone call, or email message, away. We seek to answer all email questions raised within four working hours. In fact, over 90% of telephone enquiries about our core 35 countries are resolved during a 15-minute call.

Updating Your HR Policies to Comply with Statutes and Rulings

The most constant lament that arises in our periodic member surveys concerns the updating of HR policies. If a policy is out of date, and thus at variance with the law, or phrased in an ambiguous way a company can find itself being challenged by employees with whom they are in dispute, an ex-employee or a factory inspector. All policies should therefore ideally be reviewed on an annual basis. FedEE offers a policy review service called “Persolicy” that could be just for one policy in a single jurisdiction, a complete handbook or for multiple countries. This service is at a fraction of the cost charged by a conventional law firm.

Let Us Prepare Your Quarterly HR Team Briefings

All our member companies receive regular country updates for over 100 countries plus a special quarterly review of relevant legal developments in France. This also comes with powerpoint slides for use when briefing colleagues. Such FedEE Focus quarterly reviews cover much detail that we cannot provide in our fortnightly newswires. They are available also for an annual fee in respect to the following countries – Australia, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, and The UK.

Ask our legal research team to undertake an investigation into a difficult legal challenge, or brief you on a particular jurisdiction.

We have undertaken numerous customised research exercises for major companies to assess the best jurisdiction and labour market for expansion into Eastern Europe, restructure the business as a Societas Europea (SE) or set out all the steps necessary for a major transfer of undertakings. We specialise in M&A HR legal strategy – and in 2019 we were a key player in one of the largest mergers in recent times.

Becoming a Multinational For the First Time? Let FedEE help reduce the delays and risks.

During the last ten years the average size of multinationals has fallen from over 5000 employees to just 700 employees and many start to become multinational – especially in the service sector – when they have fewer than 100 employees.

Membership of FedEE will be an invaluable aid to successful growth in other countries. Not only can we show you how to avoid the legal pitfalls, but can put you in touch with local service providers and statistics to help you assess things like the size and nature of local labour markets.

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The FedEE HR Counsel Programme

Now there is an opportunity for HR professionals in multinational organisations to obtain a legal qualification that prepares them for a role as the departmental expert in employment law. FedEE’s Advanced Diploma in Multijurisdictional Employment Law (Adv Dip MELL) is a one-year part-time programme undertaken primarily through distance learning.

If you are a University graduate with at least three years relevant HR experience you may join the programme at any time. You do not have to possess a first degree in law and the programme will begin by preparing you to understand legal concepts and basic principles of law.

The programme focuses on ten principal jurisdictions – China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, UAE, UK and the USA. However, participants may also choose other jurisdictions for their personal research. There are a total of 24 modules to complete (two per month) and, as a graduate, you will possess greater knowledge of trans-border legal requirements than most conventional legal professionals.

The course is designed to fit in with a busy work schedule and if not completed within the year it may be extended for a further six months. The programme not only ends with a valuable qualification, but you will also be able to use the job title “HR Counsel” – as FedEE owns the term as a trade mark.

For further information please download the programme brochure and, if you wish, contact FedEE’s Legal Counsel, a qualified Barrister who heads up our team of Tutors, or click here to sign up today to participate in the course. Please note that the structure contained in the brochure describes the revised one shortly to be introduced. Those joining the programme in September and October 2019 will follow the original course structure – which contains the same modules in all but one case.

For further details, please contact the Programme Director on Academy@fedee.com or sign up here

 

Press Releases and Newswires

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Press Releases

FedEE’s latest press release distributed to media, newspapers and agencies. 

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Past Newswires

Examples of our fortnightly newswires sent to all FedEE Member organizations.

Travel Alerts

  • SPAIN: Spanish rail operator Renfe has cancelled 155 trains on Thursday, 5th December 2019 due to industrial action.

    FRANCE: Expect public transport service cancellations and disruptions on Thursday, 5th December 2019 due to national strikes across the country. EasyJet, British Airways, Ryanair and Eurostar have already been forced to cancel a number of services as a result.

    INDIA: Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport will be closed for an upgrade in March 2020. Expect possible flight disruptions.

    UK: A yellow weather warning has been issued for north-western Scotland due to heavy rains. It is expected to remain in effect until 12:00 noon on Friday, 6th December 2019.

    PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, has killed at least 17 people. Expect heavy rainfalls and powerful winds in the next few days.

    BOLIVIA: New general elections are expected to be held in March 2020. Individuals are advised to avoid traveling to the country, particularly to La Paz, until the situation normalizes and public safety re-established.

    SAMOA: All Samoan businesses and government services will close between the 5th and 6th December 2019. This is due to the severe measles epidemic.

    NEPAL: Bharatpur Airport in Chitwan District will be closed until December 10th 2019 for runway resurfacing and parking bay expansion.

    UK: The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has confirmed it will be holding 27 days of industrial strike action during December 2019, mainly on South West Trains. Some West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services will also be affected every Saturday until the end of December.

    ISRAEL: Expect train service suspensions between Hadera and Tel Aviv until December 1st 2019 due to infrastructure works.

    FRANCE: The rail operator SNCF has already blocked anyone from booking tickets for December 5th to December 9th on some lines in anticipation of major strike action in December 2019.

    AUSTRALIA: Expect possible tram service disruptions in Melbourne on December 5th 2019, as drivers are planning to go on strike that day.

    NORWAY: Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle is ending some of its long-haul routes to the United States and Thailand from Sweden and Denmark with effect from March 29th, 2020.

    PORTUGAL: Lisbon Airport will close each night for five months from January 2020. This is for the completion of necessary renovation works.

    ITALY: Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Uiltrasporti and Ugl Air Transport unions have announced plans to hold a 24-hour air transport strike on December 13th 2019. Expect flights cancellations and disruptions.

    COLOMBIA: The government has announced plans to close its borders. You are advised to stay away from the protests.

    INDIA: Air quality in Delhi, the national capital, is likely to remain very poor over the next few days - so avoid walking outside. 

    KENYA: Silverstone Air has temporarily suspended its operations over safety concerns.

    GREECE: Astra Airlines has cancelled flights due to financial issues.

    PAKISTAN: Visitors to Lahore and its environs are advised to avoid all physical activity outdoors and take precautionary measures as air quality has reached “hazardous” levels.

    PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN: The Consular Section of the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul - the capital of Afghanistan - is now closed until further notice due to security reasons.

    OMAN: Visitors requiring visas traveling for Oman must now obtain their eVisas online before they travel.

    GLOBAL: American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have extended cancellations of services flown by Boeing 737 MAX aircraft  through to early March 2020. Oman Air has also cancelled several flights up to November 30th 2019 for the same reason.

    BOLIVIA: You are advised to reconsider all travel to Bolivia due to widespread civil unrest.

    MYANMAR: Exercise great caution in the country due to the unsettled political situation and the possibility of civil unrest.

    UK: South Western Railway staff will be on strike from December 2nd 2019 to January 2nd 2020 in the long-running dispute over the future role of guards on trains.

    FRANCE: TGV high-speed services between Montpellier and Perpignan have been halted until December 1st due to heavy flooding.

    ECUADOR/VENEZUELA: Venezuelan Laser Airlines has temporarily suspended flights between Guayaquil and Caracas from 1st December 2019 until 31st January 2020 due to the new immigration requirements that Ecuador has introduced for Venezuelans.

    INDIA: Mumbai airport will cancel 26 flights per day until March 28th, 2020 due to construction work on its main runway.

    EAST AFRICA: More than 1 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania are affected by flooding after heavy rains over the last month.   

    IRAN/ITALY: Italy is set to ban all flights into its airports by Iran’s Mahan Airfrom mid-December.

    COLOMBIA/CUBA: Colombian airline Avianca has suspended all flights to Cuba following recent U.S. restrictions.

    GLOBAL: Australian airline Qantas has grounded three of its Boeing 737s over hairline cracks found in their wing structures.

    BURUNDI: 7 million cases of malaria (with 2,700 related deaths) have been reported in the country this year. Visitors are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

    CHILE: A state of emergency has been extended in the country.

    SAMOA: The government has confirmed a measles outbreak. Measles is a potentially serious disease that spreads from person to person by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Visitors are advised to get vaccinated and avoid crowded areas.

    GERMANY: Train services to, from Frankfurt Airport will be disrupted until 14th December 2019 because of engineering work.

    SOUTH AFRICA/TANZANIA: Air Tanzania has indefinitely suspended flights to Johannesburg due to security fears.

    PERU: Peruvian Airlines has suspended all flights and closed offices until further notice due to a “lack of liquidity”.

    INDIA: Flights may be delayed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai until 28th March 2020. This is because the main runway will be shut each week from Monday to Saturday, between 9.30am and 5.30pm for repairs.

    CENTRAL AMERICA: According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dengue fever is spreading rapidly across Central America. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease that causes high fever, a severe rash, and muscle and joint pains. It takes up to 7 weeks to recover from it and can cause death if left untreated. A vaccine exists, but the best precaution is to wear long sleeves, avoid the wearing of shorts and stay indoors after nightfall.

    MOZAMBIQUE: Avoid nonessential travel to some districts in Cabo Delgado province due to security concerns.

    PHILIPPINES: Officials have declared a national dengue epidemic. It is reported that at least 622 people have been killed in the country this year due to the mosquito-borne disease.

    TUNISIA: The state of emergency in the country has been extended to December 31st 2019. 

    MAURITANIA: Reconsider travel to this country due to the threat of terrorism and the very high incidence of criminal activity.

    BANGLADESH: There is a nationwide record-high dengue outbreak in the country. There is no treatment for dengue, however, early detection and access to the proper medical care will greatly reduce the risks of fatality.

    PARAGUAY: Stay vigilant as demonstrations are taking place frequently in the downtown area of Asunción, particularly in the proximity of government buildings and offices, often without warning. 

    COSTA RICA: Please take care when buying any spirit-based drinks as there have been a number of deaths and cases of serious illness in the country caused by drinking alcoholic drinks containing methanol.

 

Join FedEE Today

Many of the world’s largest multinational companies already belong to The Federation of International Employers (FedEE®). We have a Worldwide membership – with particular concentrations in North America, Western Europe, India, Japan and China. A high proportion of our members have been part of FedEE for many years and tell us we provide a both unique and excellent service with great value for money.

If your company has over 200 employees in two or more countries, has its own in-house HR department, and has been operating for two or more years then you really cannot afford to operate without being part of the Federation. The approval process takes less than a day and for immediate access to our services we have an online credit card payment facility. Membership costs as little as €895 a year. Sign up now.

Why not take a short tour of our knowledge-base before joining FedEE® to see the nature and extent of the employment law, HR data and support that we offer? Please contact our Membership Secretary on membershipservices@fedee.com to arrange for a one-to-one webinar for you and your colleagues, arranged without obligation and entirely at your own convenience.

 

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