Dealing with the global emergency

FedEE exists to enable you, as an HR professional in a multinational company, to operate effectively across national borders. 

See our latest guidance on COVID-19 in Western Europe and elsewhere. We also have available to members model clauses to enable wage reductions, a model Health and Safety Policy for employees asked to work from home during the current crisis, a model letter for use in enlisting employees assistance in the post-crisis recovery. Employers will also find  of value our categorization of jobs subject to viral risk… and much more. Do not miss out – join FedEE today.

FORGOTTEN SOMETHING?  Preoccupation with the present crisis can lead HR Departments to  ignore the even greater difficulties they could face after the crisis is over.

ACT NOW: We advise employers to begin planning NOW for the recovery. FedEE has a model plan to assist in this process.

WAGE SUBSIDIES? If your organisation is looking for state funding, then you should consult an extract from FedEE’s practical guidance to such support. Members have access to data on how to apply in 20+ countries.

 

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 Services

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Persolicy

FedEE’s International HR Policy Updating Service, tackling those neglected handbooks.

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Latest Brexit Update

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 to countries and companies in response to the current health crisis is bad enough, but what is going to hit us next?

The crisis is already generating new forms of prejudice affecting employees. First it was the picking out of those with Chinese ethnicity for ridicule over the virus, now it is backfiring across Asia against those with western ethnicity – who are being blamed for the ongoing viral threat. 

Those in business will be familiar with a well-known phenomenon for which entrepreneurs are vulnerable. It is called the “shiny objects syndrome” – always chasing new ideas at the expense of those already gained. But there is another, equal and opposite, complex suffered by the rest of mankind – the ‘something new blindness syndrome” (SNBS). This means there is a subject that so preoccupies us all we ignore the huge problem coming up on the rails. This was undoubtedly the case with Brexit, and is even more with COVID-19.

The phenomenon is a “syndrome” because it is unexpectedly connected in some way with the current preoccupation. Two we can easily see right now is the dire economic consequences of the lockdown and the fact that once jobs are lost this time around they will never return. 

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.
  • Look beyond the current global crisis to identify new challenges.
  • Have in place a specific contingency plan and policy to cope with all eventualities.
  • Examine the data from recent assessments about who is an “essential worker” in your business.
  • Examine what you have learnt about individual staff from sending them to work at home.
  • Consider launching a “Bright Ideas Programme” that will give employees a chance to develop a new produt, service or operational improvement and reward them with a stake in the result.
  • 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 concerns and grievances.
  • Ensure that at least one member of the HR team undertakes FedEE’s one-year HR Counsel course.
 

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.

Global News

  • United Kingdom: Gender pay gap reporting enforcement suspended this year

    Due to the current international health crisis, employers are no longer required to meet the April 4th deadline for gender pay gap reporting …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • Global: Growth

    All eyes will be on economic growth next month as Q1 GDP figures begin to emerge …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • United Kingdom: Coronavirus support for employees and businesses

    Legislation is now in force allowing companies with up to 250 employees to reclaim statutory sick pay if an employee is absent from work due to COVID-19 …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • Global: Globalization

    The headline in a recent issue of the respected journal “Foreign Affairs” questions whether the pandemic has put an end to globalization – the very bed rock on which multinationals are built …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • United Kingdom: Coronavirus: who are the key workers on Covid-19 list?

    The Department of Education has published a list of workers whose children must be still provided with schooling now that state schools have closed …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
 

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.

 

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

  • ARGENTINA: The nationwide quarantine has been extended until midnight, Sunday, April 12th 2020.

    SUDAN: A countrywide curfew between 1800-0600 is in effect and all internal flights and inter-State bus transport services are suspended.

    ZIMBABWE: Commercial airlines have suspended all flights in to and out of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean authorities have also announced a countrywide lockdown as of March 30th 2020 - for 21 days.

    BAHAMAS: The national curfew 24 hours a day has been extended until April 8th 2020.

    PANAMA: All commercial flights have now ceased operating to/from Panama until at least April 22nd 2020.

    NIGERIA: The authorities have ordered the cessation of movement in Lagos and the capital Abuja for 14 days, as of Monday, March 30th 2020.

     UNITED KINGDOM: British Airways is temporarily suspending all its flights to and from London's Gatwick airport.

    USA: The government is extending coronavirus social distancing guidelines to April 30th 2020.

    MEXICO: The Health emergency will be in force until April 30th 2020.

    TONGA: The government has issued a National Lockdown Notice which will last until 1:00 am on Sunday April 5th 2020. This includes a night time curfew from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.  

    COLOMBIA: The government has introduced nationwide isolation measures. These will last until 13th April 2020.

    ARMENIA: The authorities have announced a nationwide lockdown, urging citizens to remain in their homes until March 31st 2020.

    SAMOA: All international travel to and from Samoa by air has now ceased until further notice. All international cruise ships and yachts will not be granted entry into Samoa at this time. 

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Travel between districts and provinces is being banned in Papua New Guinea under its 14-day state of emergency announced on March 24th 2020.

    AZERBAIJAN: Under the new special quarantine regime, no one over 65 is allowed to go outside and gatherings of 10+ people are prohibited. What’s more, entry and exit to/from Baku, Sumgayit and Absheron is restricted. This regime will last until April 20th 2020.

    CAYMAN ISLANDS: A curfew will be imposed on everyone in the Cayman Islands from 9:00 pm until 5:00 am for the next ten days. Those non-compliant will be fined $3,000 and/or jailed for a year.

    CHINA: Outbound travel restrictions in Wuhan -  the capital of Central China’s Hubei province - will be lifted from April 8th 2020.

    COLOMBIA: Citizens must stay at home until April 13th 2020, unless they have a “good reason” to venture out.

    CUBA: All foreigners arriving in Cuba will have to stay in self isolation for 14 days in the accommodation provided by the authorities and undergo medical checks.

    CYPRUS: The government has banned unnecessary movement until April 13th 2020, unless it concerned work the purchase of supplies, doctor and pharmacy visits, or going to a bank if an online transaction is impossible. Everyone outside must carry their ID or passport and additional proof regarding their purpose for movement. Violators will be fined €300 on the spot.

    EGYPT: A two weeks’ curfew from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am will start from Wednesday, March 25th 2020.

    GHANA: The Government of Ghana has announced the closure of the country’s borders until 2300 GMT, April 5th 2020. The border closure will see the suspension of all international flights into or out of Ghana.

    PAKISTAN: The government has announced the suspension of all international flights until 2000 PST on April 4th 2020.

    SINGAPORE: No short-term visitors from anywhere in the world will be able to enter or transit through Singapore. In addition, the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower will only allow work pass holders and/or their dependents to enter/return to Singapore if they work in essential services. Permanent Residents will be permitted to return to Singapore, but will be issued with a 14-day “Stay at Home Notice”.

    SOUTH AFRICA: All South Africans will have to stay at home until Thursday, April 16th 2020 – with an exception to seek medical care or buy food.

    SWITZERLAND: Gatherings of more than 5 people are banned. Anyone standing closer than two metres to others could risk a fine.

    TAIWAN: A 30-day visa extension will be granted automatically to foreign nationals who entered Taiwan on, or before, March 21st 2020.

    TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: The government has announced the indefinite closure of its borders to all international flights until further notice. The nation’s seaports will also be closed. However, cargo ships will still be allowed to operate.

    VANUATU: All Vanuatu ports of entry are now closed to people until further notice. 

    VIETNAM: The government has temporarily banned entry into Vietnam for all foreigners and advised that all foreigners who have entered the country in the last 14 days self-isolate for a total period of 14 days.  

    INDIA: All foreign nationals arriving into the Indian state of Kerala will be kept in isolation for a period of 14 days.

    OMAN: No foreign nationals are allowed to enter Oman. Tourists who are currently in Oman have been urged to leave and return to their home countries.

    LAOS: The government has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points for a period of 30 days.

 

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 150 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. Please check here to view the table of our membership services. 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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