Speed, quality and value for money

Running a multinational HR Department is getting tougher by the day, speed is of the essence and there is a big premium on reducing uncertainty. Unfortunately, conventional ways to stay in control are lagging behind. corporate counsel is not always around when you need them and if you call your law firm you have to join their call back list. Then there is the constant nagging doubt that the information provided is not really spot on, or up to date. Come quarter end there is the law firm bill with every minute expensive and accounted for.

There is another way to stay on top and reduce the pressure – take advantage of FedEE’s employment law services. We have a huge database of laws in over 60 countries you can consult – with our own practical summaries of the legal obligations you must meet under a wide variety of headings. Unlike most law firms “free” guides our data is kept up to date on a daily basis and we put in a lot of effort to accurately interpret the law in a way that advantages the employer.

If you need an answer that is not available online FedEE has its own rapid adviceline  where you get straight through to someone who can assist you. Some enquiries come as an inclusive part of FedEE Silver and Gold membership – but are unlimited with Platinum membership (subject to a fair use policy).  When used up there are always inexpensive enquiry bundles that can be bought online.

Unlike law firms too, our objective is to educate HR professionals to achieve a greater degree of self-help. To cut through the needless mystification of the legal world and come to their own views on how to act. A conventional lawyer is bound up in just one jurisdiction, but we are constantly dealing with multiple jurisdictions. We are also amongst the first in the world to spot trends and alert our members about the legal developments that may soon confront them and how seemingly innocent decisions can expose them to liability.

In most multinational HR departments there is someone in a senior position who is concerned with updating policies, reviewing employment contracts and giving internal advice on how to handle day to day legal problems. We know from member surveys that this function is not fully recognised or adequately trained – and therefore FedEE has set up its own advanced legal training course for HR professionals and even given this role a name – “HR Counsel”.

Legal compliance is becoming more important as multinational company’s seek to minimise litigation, more closely protect reputations and demonstrate their integrity in the face of challenges from government, anti-globalisation campaigners and the sheer intensity of competition itself.  Our aim is to keep you out of court, reduce needless time wasted waiting for a lawyer to get back to you and provide practical answers that will allow you to move onto other priorities.

About Us

A brief history of the Federation up to the present day.

Employment Law

Differing employment rights and obligations around the world.

Remuneration and IR

Key reward and people management issues.

Compliance

Ensuring policies and practices are lawful and rooted in good HR standards.

Travel Warnings

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the significant risk of abduction and deception by taxi or even private hire services, the best practice for companies sending executives or professionals to countries where they do not have representatives is to arrange for a registered guide to meet visitors at airports or rail stations. This will add to the visit cost, but in some locations the daily cost of a guide can be relatively low. To secure a guide, we suggest that only those registered with a national association affiliated to the WFTGA be used. Official guide costs can range from US$18 in Indonesia, US$32 in India and US$52 in Columbia to US$137 in Prague, US$363 in Munich and US$369 in Tokyo. Airport pick-ups are a normal part of a guide’s service and many will also offer interpretation and secretarial assistance.

SOUTH AFRICA: SA Express airline will resume limited services next week.
SRI LANKA: Railway unions have threatened to launch fresh strike action, commencing on the 21st of August.
UK: Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will walk out on September the 2nd, 8th and 15th. This is in addition a strike on August the 18th and a 48-hour stoppage starting August the 31st due to the dispute over the role of guards.
INDIA: The international airport at Kerala’s commercial capital Kochi will be closed until August the 18th due to heavy rains and floods in the south Indian state.
AUSTRIA/IRAN: Austrian Airlines will halt the service to Isfahan and Shiraz from September 2018.

GEORGIA(CAUCASUS): Visitors are advised to have a valid travel insurance policy – as airlines at check-in or immigration authorities may ask to provide evidence of this upon arrival in the country.

GUINEA-BISSAU: Reconsider travel to this country due to high levels of crime and civil unrest.

LIBYA: Do not travel to this country under any circumstances due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and armed conflict.

MONTENEGRO: Please take special note that visitors must register with local police within 24 hours of their arrival in the country.

MOROCCO: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has reached an agreement with the AMPL union, ending a month-long partial strike of its pilots.

UK: Expect train disruptions from the August 25th on the Manchester-Bolton-Preston line due to a railway line upgrade.

PHILIPPINES: The local authorities in Palawan have recently warned the public of a heightened risk from kidnapping. Martial law is in place across the whole of Mindanao until the 31st of December 2018. There may be curfews and frequent checkpoints.

UGANDA: Please exercise great caution, especially as a foreign visitor. There were reports of shootings and violent demonstrations in Arua on the 13th of August and similar incidents are possible at any time.

VANUATU: The government of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency for the island of Ambae. This is due to ongoing volcanic activity.

NIGERIA: The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos state will be closed from the 24th to 26th of August due to an investigative maintenance test.

INDONESIA: Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to the Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air), off the north-west coast of Lombok. A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the region killing at least 142 people and injuring hundreds more on Sunday, August the 5th.

ETHIOPIA: You should exercise caution and take local advice if you are travelling to the Ethiopian Somali Regional State, including the cities of Jijiga and Dhegahbur as there were reports of severe civil unrest, protests and violence on the 4th of August 2018.

CONGO: The Minister of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on August the 1st 2018, following confirmation of 4 cases of Ebola in the Mabalako health zone of the territory of Beni, North Kivu province, Eastern DRC.

TUVALU: The cyclone season is normally between November and April. but cyclones can occur throughout the year.

ECUADOR: Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to all other areas of Esmeraldas province outside the existing 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia due to a risk of kidnapping and a high risk of crime.

PHILIPPINES: 11 people died on Tuesday, July the 31st when a van exploded at a security check point in the island province of Basilan in the southern Philippines.

VENEZUELA: Visitors are advised against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira, Barinas, Apure and Bolívar; within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in Amazonas state as far south as 100 km (62 miles) south of Puerto Ayacucho; within 40km (25 miles) of the rest of the Colombian border due to a risk of kidnapping.

CHAD: Reconsider travel to this country due to crime, terrorism, and minefields.

MOROCCO: Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Morocco’s flag carrier, has cancelled more than 107 flights in two weeks due to an ongoing partial strike by the airline’s pilots.

EUROPE: Primera Air is ceasing operations from Birmingham Airport to Alicante, Tenerife, Las Palma, Reykjavik and Malaga from the 29th of October. Services between Birmingham and Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona will be cancelled from the 3rd of September.

COMOROS: Exercise increased caution in all parts of the country due to civil unrest.       

SWEDEN: Scandinavian airline SAS may cancel 40 further flights this week due to staff shortages.

DJIBOUTI: Visitors are advised against all travel to the border with Eritrea due to possible conflict and the fragile political situation.

LAOS: Visitors are advised avoiding all travel to Xaisomboun Province due to the tense security situation and random shooting incidents.

HONDURAS: Please exercise a high degree of caution in the country due to demonstrations and an upsurge in already high levels of violent crime.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Exercise increased caution in Papua New Guinea due to crime, civil unrest, and a recent serious polio outbreak.

KAZAKHSTAN/TURKMENISTAN: The border between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan is currently closed to traffic. Please seek alternative routes, such as via Uzbekistan, until further notice.

MYANMAR: FMI Air has suspended all operations from July the 20th.

UZBEKISTAN: The international “Urgench” airport in Uzbekistan is now closed due to technical reasons and high surface temperatures.

INDIA/THAILAND: Air India has suspended its direct flight service from Bhubaneswar to Bangkok in Thailand until September the 30th.

BURUNDI: Visitors are advised against all travel to the country, due to the unpredictable security situation, potential violent civil unrest, the threat of terrorism and violent crime.

MEXICO: Please note that from the 16th of July 2018, British consular services in Mexico City will be operating from the British Embassy at Río Lerma 71, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500.

CAMEROON: Clashes between the army and Anglophone separatists claimed several lives in the town of Kumba in Cameroon’s troubled Southwest Region province on the 9th of June, 2018.

SINGAPORE: Drunk and disorderly conduct is a serious crime in the country. Offenders will be fined or face imprisonment, and/or corporal punishment (caning).

MOLDOVA: Stay vigilant in Transnistria due to the unresolved conflict between this breakaway region and the central government.

HAITI: Visitors are advised not to travel to the country due to civil unrest and crime.

MAURITANIA: Avoid nonessential travel to the country due to the threat of terrorism.

NORWAY: Strikes planned for June 29th at various airports around the country have been postponed until September 4th to allow for negotiations with airport management.

ETHIOPIA: Stay vigilant as there have been reports of civil unrest and gunfire in the town of Assosa, in Benishangul Gumuz regional state since the end of June.

COLOMBIA: Exercise increased caution in Colombia – due to crime and terrorism.

SOUTH SUDAN: Violent crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings are common throughout the country, including the capital city Juba.

TURKEY: Visitors are advised not to travel to areas along the Turkey-Syria border and the southeastern provinces of Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Van, Siirt, Mus, Mardin, Batman, Bingol, Tunceli, Hakkari, and Bitlis due to terrorism.

GUYANA: Visitors are advised to avoid travel to and from Georgetown Cheddi Jagan international airport late at night and before dawn due to possible attacks by gangs.

MONGOLIA: Only a few specified land border crossings are open to foreigners. If you wish to travel to zones of up to 100km inside the border, you must get permission from the State Frontier Guard Authority.

BELIZE: Avoid mosquito bites, particularly between dawn and dusk – as there is a risk of the dengue disease in this country.

NICARAGUA: Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to the country due to a prolonged period of political unrest and street violence in many areas since mid-April 2018. 

MONTSERRAT: Be mindful that the hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from June to November.

HAITI: Avoid nonessential travel to the neighborhoods of Martissant, Carrefour, Bel Air and Cite Soleil, in the Port-au-Prince area due to the unstable and dangerous security situation.

INDIA: Please avoid travelling in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: A nine-month state of emergency has been declared in the country following significantly increased levels of tribal fighting. Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to Hela and Southern Highlands provinces.

UAE: Please be aware that all air and sea points of entry between UAE and Qatar were closed on the 6th of June 2017.

NICARAGUA: American Airlines has suspended flights between the cities of Managua and Miami for security reasons.

MOZAMBIQUE: Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to the districts of Palma, Mocimboa de Praia and Macomia in Cabo Delgado province because of an increase in attacks by groups with links to Islamic extremism.

ESWATINI: Swaziland has officially changed its name to “the Kingdom of eSwatini”.

TANZANIA: You should remain vigilant at all times. Although most visits to Tanzania are trouble-free, violent and armed crime is increasing. Road conditions are generally poor and driving standards are erratic.

INDONESIA: Due to the regular occurrence of violent incidents, visitors are advised to avoid non-essential travel to the province of Papua.

LEBANON:  Exercise a high degree of caution in the country, due to the unpredictable security situation, the threat of terrorist attack and ongoing political and sectarian tensions.

CANADA/UK: British Airways flights this coming Winter between Calgary and London’s Heathrow Airport will be temporarily suspended.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Exercise great caution if you are travelling to Hela, Enga, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands provinces as there has been a significant increase in levels of tribal fighting in these regions following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in February 2018.

UK: Northern Rail has cancelled 165 daily train services until the end of July. This follows other major disruptions since new timetables were introduced in May.

USA: PenAir has suspended flights to and from Bar Harbor and Presque Isle, Maine and Plattsburgh, New York due to pilot shortage.

BURMAN/MYANMAR: Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to Paletwa township, in southern Chin State and Kachin State (except the towns of Myitkyina, Bhamo and Putao) because of widespread armed conflict.

MOZAMBIQUE: Exercise great caution when traveling to this country. It is reported that several people were killed in the area of Olumbi in the district of Palma at the end of May 2018.

CHAD: Visitors are advised to use a police or military escort when driving outside the capital city N’Djamena, and carry working communications equipment due to increased number of car-jackings on roads outside N’Djamena, including during daylight hours.

GUINEA – BISSAU: The next parliamentary elections are scheduled in November 2018. Please avoid any demonstrations or sensitive areas like military installations.

PAKISTAN: Please avoid all non-essential trips to the districts of Dir and Chitra, as there are reports that extremists may carry out attacks targeting foreign nationals.

TANZANIA: Please note that passengers travelling from DRC to Tanzania may be subject to special health screening.

GUYANA: Exercise great caution as violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, is common throughout the country.

MEXICO: Please exercise great caution anywhere in the country as violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, are widespread.

BENIN: Please exercise increased caution in urban areas and beaches due to frequent crime.

VENEZUELA: Visitors are advised to avoid nonessential travel to the country because of social disorder, disease outbreaks and poor health care facilities.

UKRAINE: Stay vigilant because of the prevalence of crimes of opportunity.

ISRAEL: Exercise great caution in the country as the security situation may change rapidly. Avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip, avoid non-essential travel to the West Bank, excluding Ramallah, Jericho and Bethlehem.

BOLIVIA: Exercise a high degree of caution as social tensions and illegal roadblocks continue throughout the country.

TIMOR-LESTE: The security situation is still fragile and the level of crime remains high throughout the country.

INDONESIA:  Please avoid non-essential travel to the province of Papua due to the regular occurrence of violence.

PANAMA: Avoid non-essential travel to the “Mosquito Coast” (Caribbean side) and the Darién Region (Colombian border) due to crime.

SOUTH AFRICA: All flights between the Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria and Cape Town have been suspended from the 8th of May, 2018 due to infrastructural development.

PHILIPPINES: Philippine Airlines will temporarily suspend flights from Manila to Caticlan until October the 26th.

MADAGASCAR: Visitors are advised to avoid all travel to Batterie Beach, just north of Toliara, where violent assaults have occurred.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Avoid non-essential travel to this country due to crime and civil unrest.

ARMENIA: Due to the tense political situation and widescale street protests visitors are advised to avoid trips to anywhere in the country.

NICARAGUA: Visitors are advised to exercise great caution in the country as large-scale civil unrest continues.

AUSTRIA: It is illegal to wear any clothing or object that conceals the face and makes facial features unrecognisable in a public place. It is not clear if this includes full face motorcycle helmets as legislators appear to have overlooked this use of a facial covering because it is not connected with religious adherence.

BANGLADESH: Visitors are advised against nonessential travel to the country due to the threat of terrorism, political demonstrations, nationwide hartals (general strikes + mass protests) and violent clashes.

BAHRAIN: UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are not valid for entry into Bahrain. However, ETDs are accepted for airside transit and exit from Bahrain.

BOLIVIA: Exercise a high degree of caution due to the continuing political and social tensions and frequent, illegal roadblocks throughout the country.

BRAZIL: São Paulo is reporting a dramatic increase in hepatitis A cases this year. Between January the 1st and September the 16th2017, the city recorded 517 cases of the disease – already an increase of more than 700% over the whole of 2016, when there were 64 cases.

BURKINA FASO: Visitors should avoid non-essential travel to this country due to the high threat of terrorism. The country has seen a significant increase in dengue fever cases in October 2017.  Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses.

CAMEROON: There is an ongoing crisis in Cameroon. Visitors are advised against all but essential travel to Mamfe in the South West region. Avoid all travel to the Far North region and Mayo-Louti Department in the North region due to the increased threat of frequent attacks by the Boko Haram extremist group, banditry and kidnappings.

CHILE: Health officials in the Bio Bio Region of Chile are reporting a large outbreak of Salmonella that has infected many people. Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and fever.

EGYPT: Avoid all travel to the Sinai Peninsula (except Sharm el-Sheikh), because of terrorist activity and ongoing military operations by the Egyptian Armed Forces.

ETHIOPIA: Visitors will not be able to buy and use Ethio Tel SIM cards in mobile devices that have not been purchased in Ethiopia or registered with the authorities from the 26th of September 2017.

GHANA: Violence towards LGBT people by mobs and even their own family members is on the increase. It is an offence in Ghana to be part of the LGBT community and prosecution could result in a custodial sentence of between 3 and 25 years.

HAITI: Visitors are advised to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and emergency response capabilities.

INDIA: A warning has been issued by the Kerala health department about mosquito-borne infections in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. There is also a risk of water-borne diseases like typhoid, jaundice, cholera and diarrhea. Remember to take a medical prescription with you if you are going to take any medicines into the country. Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances are prohibited. There is an outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) in Rajasthan. At least 88 people have died and 976 others have tested positive for H1N1 influenza so far this year.

The Drug Dilemma

Employers across the USA continue to struggle with the rights and obligations dilemma about whether and how much they can control the use of marijuana in the workplace.

Although 31 US states permit its medical use, its recreational use is permitted in ten states (plus DC) and decriminalised in 13 others, it remains a schedule one substance and it is still technically unlawful to trade or consume it under federal law. But since 2014 the Rohrabacher–Blumenauer amendment has prevented federal authorities from fiscal interference with the application of state cannabis laws. The amendment must be reaffirmed each year and a DOJ memorandum on state freedoms in the matter was withdrawn earlier this year.

So where does this leave employers? Many still include the drug on their list of banned substances, but labour shortages are encouraging many to drop marijuana from the drug tests they require at the hiring stage. This is partly also because of successful prosecutions of employers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island for withdrawing job offers due to positive tests for cannabis. Maine has also led the way in making it unlawful for employers to dismiss a worker for cannabis use outside the workplace.

Employers should, however, not forget that what applies to alcohol, also at least applies to marijuana – which is a far more dangerous and unpredictable intoxicant. Under OSH rules they must operate a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and one of the most serious hazards is the mental state of fellow employees. It will be unfashionable to take a hard line on residual marijuana levels in an employee’s bloodstream – but duty of care must come before popularity.

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AFRICA: Although 44 countries have signed the African Union’s Continental Free Trade Agreement, only 30 have signed the protocol on the free movement of persons. Most countries are reluctant to make any further progress until a common system exists for right of entry and visa abolition. Standing out for much better overall controls are South Africa and many north African states that fear widespread immigration if all border controls are removed. As things stand, the most likely next move will be the setting up of a technical committee that will focus on the development of a pan-African registration scheme and common ID card.

NIGERIA: Widespread drug abuse is sweeping the country following the widespread sale of cough syrup containing codeine. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has asked pharmaceutical companies to recall all medicines containing the drug, which is the second most abused prescription drug in the country after tramadol. The two drugs account for 90% of all drug abuse cases, compared to 2% for heroin. They should therefore be top of the list for pre-employment medical screening.

TURKEY: In Q3 2017, there were 5.6 million self-employed workers in Turkey, up from 5.1% in Q4 2016. The growth was mainly because of a 22.8% (up 123,000) surge in tertiary-educated independent contractors. This was largely because the government deprived many professionals of their employed status jobs following the attempted coup on the 15th of July 2016. At other educational levels there was a downward trend in self-employment over the same 9 months.

Q&A: Spain

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Brussels & Rome rules

FedEE’s Brexit Solution

With the deadline for Brexit negotiations in October 2018 fast approaching the Federation of International Employers (FedEE) puts forward a realistic solution for the Brexit crisis which we hope will find support from both the UK Government and European Commission.

Both sides of the Brexit camp are not going to find any compromise – and certainly not any consensus for any substantive exit deal – over the near term.

The Chequers deal is not acceptable to Brussels, a fudge that could be worked out with Merkel and Macron would not resolve anything, it is too late to organise a fresh referendum and a “No Deal Brexit” would be a disaster both for the UK and EU economies.  In fact, as soon as border control and customs officers are informed of an irregularity next March they will seal the UK border. All the alternatives currently on the table are therefore all unrealistic and unacceptable

What we wish to table is the only positive – and least damaging – way forwards. We propose that the UK negotiates an interim period of transition to allow a proper agreement with the European Union to be concluded. A lot of time has been wasted during the last year, but that is all water under the bridge. It is now up to sensible people to come forwards and make a play for a workable solution. What both parties need is more time. It is too late to stop the clock on Article 50, but not for an Interim Transitionary Period (ITP) until perhaps October 2019 or March 2020 at the latest. In the meantime, all the focus must be on the Irish border question.

We hope that decision makers everywhere will fall in behind this FedEE proposal. For further information about a “No Deal” Brexit please visit our ‘White Papers’ section below.

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BRAZIL: Companies now have 18 months to prepare for the introduction of the country’s new Data Protection Law. Modelled on the EU’s GDPR, the law allows companies to only gather and process personal data for defined and legitimate purposes. A new National Data Protection Authority is being established and legal infringements will attract penalties of up to RS50 million (US$13m).

CANADA: Employees in Ontario will soon be in a position to control the information disclosed to their employers when they undergo a police record check. According to the Police Record Checks Reform Act, which is coming into effect on the 1st of November 2018, individuals will have to give their written consent both before the check is initiated and before the police discloses any information to the requesting company.

CHILE: A new teleworking Bill has just been presented to the national parliament. Working from home has not so far been considered a serious option in the country and the Bill is designed to both encourage it and ensure that it does not lead to “precarious” working relationships. It lays down how work-related costs, such as an internet connection, will be calculated and reimbursed and how accidents at home during working hours will be handled.

Q&A: Hong Kong

Q&A: Cyprus

Q&A: Sri Lanka

The Fluid Workforce

The Shape of  Things to Come

There will be several important trends in the field of employment law over the next 3-5 years – and they will have a profound impact on employment levels and employability.

Litigation will be going underground as an increasing number of employment contracts contain mandatory arbitration clauses. There will therefore be less case law upon which to base legal opinion. It will also become lawful to include clauses prohibiting participation in “class action” law suits – this is already the case in the USA because of the recent case Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis – although there will be more laws preventing “gagging orders”.

There is already a great concern, particularly in Europe, for gender pay gap reporting. However, a new equal pay law in New Jersey has extended equal pay requirements to other protected characteristics – such as race, religion, sexual orientation and disability, as well as gender. This has huge consequences, particularly if the concept is taken up more generally by other jurisdictions. Another feature of both the New Jersey and recent Massachusetts Acts is the requirement for all companies to rate their jobs using a factor-based job evaluation scheme.

Company codes of practice already have a major part to play in corporate governance, but they are gradually taking over from HR policies as the basis for containing whistleblowing actions and terminating senior company executives.

How far travelling to a client is working time is still not settled law, even in the European Union where the European Court of Justice ruling in Tyco (C-266/14) seemed to have resolved the question. But two more recent French court cases have run counter to the ruling and the possibility that other work-related time – like commuting or staying away from home on a business trip – might have to be fully remunerated and counted against weekly working time limits could massively endanger company profitability.

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CHINA: Sichuan province has now adopted a paid care leave system geared to employees who have to deal with aging parents. From the 1st of October 2018, only-child employees may have up to 15 days paid care leave per year. Whilst non-only child employees may have up to 7 days paid care leave per year.

JAPAN: Companies operating in National Strategic Special Zones have proposed to the Japanese government that they use a system involving digital payment of wages to electronic wallets on mobile smartphones. Companies are moving away from depositing salaries in banks anyway and are instead putting them onto payment cards. Changing the currency medium to cryptocurrency is just a logical extension of this trend, as it particularly helps foreign workers who cannot open a bank account until a resident in japan for one year. Unfortunately, the Labour Standards Law of 1947 would need reform before such a system was introduced.

NEW ZEALAND: From the 1st of April 2019, survivors of domestic violence will be entitled to take an extra 10 days’ paid leave. According to one national newspaper, New Zealand has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world, with 105,000 calls to the police about family violence in 2016 – in a country with a population of only 4.7 million.

Q&A: Ukraine

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Q&A: #Whistleblower

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Professionally Qualified HR Counsel®

Can you practice law as an HR Professional? Yes, now you can train and be recognised for being your corporate in-house expert on the application of employment laws across several jurisdictions worldwide. The Advanced Diploma Programme only available through FedEE’s Academy provides a comprehensive grounding in virtually every aspect of employment law in 10 key jurisdictions worldwide. Once obtained, the graduate may also use the designation Qualified Professional HR Counsel (QP-HR Counsel®) or simply HR Counsel®

The programme operates on a distance learning basis, although every participant has at their service the support of a personal tutor. Those commencing from October 15th may also join the first intake of course participants by attending two days of seminars and lectures in London, UK.

The prgramme is designed specifically for busy HR people, with a facility to take modules when time allows. There are 30 modules in the entire programme, broken down into six courses. Each course represents a credit that, once completed, can be carried over to obtain a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Multijurisdictional Employment Law.

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Have you signed up for your future yet?  Contact FedEE’s in-house barrister Vasiliki Filippou for further details on vasiliki.filippou@fedee.com.

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CYPRUS: The GDPR is now incorporated through Law 125(I) and came into effect on July 31st 2018. What is important is that the new Cyprus law provides for both administrative and criminal sanctions relating to different types of infringement. Administrative fines are provided for in accordance with the conditions and upper limits set out in article 83 of the GDPR (ie: fines up to 4% of global revenue, in some cases), whereas violations of certain articles of the Regulation amount to criminal offences. The latter are punishable with up to 5 years’ imprisonment for responsible executives and/or fines of up to 50,000 euros. Cases involving administrative sanctions will be heard by the Administrative Court, whilst criminal cases will be heard by the District Courts.

EU: Over the year to June 2018, total youth unemployment (those aged under age 25) decreased by 386,000 across the EU to 3.4 million. 15.2% of young workers across the EU remained unemployed. Malta had the lowest rate (5.5%) followed by Germany (6.2%) and the Netherlands (7.2%), while the highest rates were recorded in Greece (42.3% in April 2018), Spain (34.1%), and Italy (32.6%).

FRANCE: Further protection from sexual harassment will be provided from September 2018 when a new law comes into force imposing on-the-spot fines of €90 to €750 for harassment – including catcalling – in a public place. Those committing “upskirting” (taking photos up a woman’s dress without her permission) will face fines of €15,000 and up to one year imprisonment.

Q&A: Portugal

Q&A: Austria

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Sense out of uncertainty: HR without borders

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. In fact, in a membership survey, 96% of members informed us they would not hesitate in recommending us to other multinational enterprises.

If your company has over 150 employees in two or more countries 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 €495 (US$565) a year – but with our Platinum Membership you may have up to 15 individual users of our services anywhere in your global operations, a FREE place on our HR Counsel accreditation course and unlimited helpline enquiries – with direct access to our in-house team of barristers, statisticians, HR specialists and labour relations experts.

Why not take a short tour of our knowledge-base before joining FedEE® to see the nature and extent of the employment law and HR data that we offer? Please contact our Membership Secretary to arrange for a one-to-one webinar for you and your colleagues, arranged entirely at your own convenience.

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We have just signed our first agreements with corresponding law firms around the world. The Federation shall be working in cooperation with this growing network of expertise to bring corporate members a fast, global service.

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Engaging and practical pieces produced by FedEE® staff covering issues of concern for multinational HR professionals. These papers are illustrative of guidance notes we provide in our knowledge-base. They principally provide a European perspective – although the material available to corporate member organisations is largely pan-global.

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FedEE® Secretary General Robin Chater’s comments on HR-related developments around the world. Robin has an unequalled understanding of developments in employment law, particularly in the European Union. He was formerly an advisor to the European Commission for ten years and has counselled numerous multinationals on a wide range of HR issues.

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The Personnel Policy Research Unit

We now provide a wide range of customised employment law and HR-related services to member and non-member organisations around the World. These are offered at highly competitive rates and can draw on FedEE’s vast range of in-house expertise, data and services.

The Personnel Policy Research Unit (PPRU) can undertake fast troubleshooting tasks …

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FedEE Fellowship (F.FedEE)

A FedEE Fellow is a senior HR professional who has worked in several organisations and in a variety of HR roles. Although Fellowship is free for those working in FedEE Corporate Member Enterprises this facility will end on September 1st 2018, after which new Fellows will be required to pay an annual fee. There will also be a facility for those leaving their employer that will allow them to retain their Fellowship.

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