Managing people across national borders

We are a practical problem-solving service, geared to the needs of  multinational HR departments.

Many day-to-day “people issues” do not merit a project, or justify calling in an employment lawyer. This is often because they must be resolved quickly and before more substantial problems arise.  One FedEE Member put it this way.

“I do not have the time to brief outsiders and start worrying about professional fees before I can get a job done. I just need someone I can trust who will give me an honest second opinion and help me sort things out so that I can move onto other things. My company cannot carry all the expertise about international HR laws and practices it needs in-house – so the next best thing is FedEE. You have no equal and those who do not know about you do not know what they are missing.”

〠 POST-PANDEMIC HR WORLD:  So what are the key things you need to think about now? What will be the barriers faced and what kind of world will it be like? Start your journey here.

〠 SHARING THE JOURNEY:  FedEE is running a series of E-Meetings to examine, step by step, how companies are approaching a resumption of operations in EMEA and APAC.  

〠 WORKPLACE RULES: FedEE has developed its own set of model back to work rules that Member companies may adopt and brand as their own.  

〠 POSTING WORKERS: This revised EU Directive has huge implications for multinational employers. FedEE has the most detailed guide available on how to comply with it.

No harmony exists between employment laws
 

International HR Answers in Seconds

FedEE is designed to provide a “right hand” professional support service to those in multinational HR departments.

We focus on key developments so you can get on with your core day-to-day activities. You do not need a legal database containing 1000s of new laws and court cases to read every day, nor do you have the time to wait for a call-back from a law firm –  but you do need to know if your company faces a new employer obligation in a particular country, if a key deadline is coming up on the radar, or how to resolve a difficult employee problem in real-time.

FedEE also produces news reports you would never receive from any other source. This is partly because we monitor changes in over 30 languages. We also have a tiered support system so that if you need to know more, you may go to our online knowledgebase, or simply call our multinational helpline. 85% of helpline enquiries are resolved within two hours, after just one direct call to an Advisor. Our service is also multi-user – so several colleagues may access it in their own right. Few lawyers have hands on HR experience and so their guidance is often rigid, obscure and off the mark. We go beyond the law and aim at finding practical, management solutions that stick and make good economic sense.

You could probably secure a near alternative to FedEE by hiring a talented HR professional with years of working in many jurisdictions and industry sectors, then by arming them with numerous costly online legal database subscriptions – or you could simply sign up to FedEE – at 2-3% the cost. That is perhaps why many HR departments around the World have relied on FedEE for over two decades.

FEDEE ALERTS

☞ The United States Attorney General has ordered all US attorney offices to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute any misuse of government funding provided to alleviate the impact of the health crisis on companies. 

☞ UK employers should take note of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 – as it has been the principal way that those infected by HIV/AIDS have sought damages. Only COVID-19 is much easier to prosecute as it does not involve consent.

Pawa-hara laws just coming into effect in Japan are going to make life very difficult for conventional employers.

☞ Do you know the occupational groups given special entry requirements this year under different country points systems? 

☞ Why should employers in Azerbaijan be particularly concerned about making employees who own land redundant?

☞ What is the position of employees stranded in countries – whose visas have expired?

☞ What are the HR data retention periods around the World?

☞ May an employer force an employee to take annual leave? 

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The FedEE Story

FedEE was founded in June 1988 at a meeting of HR Directors at BP PLC’s Head Office in London. It was supported initially by the European Commission

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FedEE Services

FedEE offers a range of “must have” services to the individual Multinational employer.

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Persolicy

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

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Aftermath

FedEE’s frightening analysis concerning prospects for a post-pandemic World.

The future of work
 

Maintaining company pay freedom

Unless EU employers do something soon they will all be locked into collective bargaining and have to face up to unions that have been given a huge new lease of life by the European Commission. This is not “crying wolf”, but a reality under current EU proposals.

For the last 20 years FedEE has been seeking to make the European Union institutions stick to Article 153 (5) of their own Treaty and not meddle in pay. They have no powers to do so – but MEPS and Officials keep knowingly ignoring their own Treaty obligations.

Now the Commission wants to impose a minimum wage system across EU Member States which is entirely determined by collective bargaining. Once around the table, however, unions will not stop there – and will want to spread their scope for negotiation to all levels in a company. This is in spite of unionization progressively declining across the EU and being as low as 8% in some EU countries. Moreover, sectoral and national CBAs are wage cartels and should be treated as such.

Although the minimum wage is a critical safeguard, the petty politics of collective bargaining is not the way to achieve it and the European Union has no legitimate role to play in this field. 

HOW THINGS STAND

  • Not all EU States – such as Austria, Finland and Italy – currently operate a national minimum wage.
  • Article 153 (5) of the EU Treaty excludes any powers in respect to pay from the scope of the European Union.
  • The European Commission has long wanted to take greater control of the wage and salary market.
  • The Commission has ignored in the past the EU Treaty by introducing pay-related elements in Directives. Only FedEE has opposed them.
  • The Commision began this year to consult “social partners” about an EU Minimum Wage Directive. 
  • The Commission’s current proposals are to ensure that collective bargaining is central to the new wage system. 
  • To sidestep the Treaty problem (and FedEE) the Commission wants to draw up an agreement on Article 155. This will do nothing to remove Article 153 (5).
  • If allowed to go ahead, the Commission’s  proposal will impose collective bargaining on employers in each Member State.
  • Spain is also imposing new requirements on employers under their equal pay legislation. This means that employers will be forced into consultation with trade unions like the militant CCOO union.
  • If your company opposes these moves – join FedEE.
The HR landscape shaped for HR
 

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 FII-Legal provide you with the employment law assistance you need during the current crisis

FII-Legal is an independent spin off from the Federation and can offer expert advice, information and support at a fraction the cost – and many times the speed – you would be charged by an old-style legal firm. Our expertise is also based on a depth of international HR experience and is led by a former Advisor to The European Commission and the ICO who also has a track record in mining, electronics and engineering.  We cover over 120+ country jurisdictions, plus federal laws, from a single international centre. FII-Legal is also open to non-members of the Federation. So call us today on (+1) 857 576 8452 or email enquiries@fedeeglobal.com.

Ask FII-Global’s 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 provide statistics to help you assess things like the size and nature of local labour markets.

We can also help you turn your HR services around – both to deal with global emergencies, such as those created by the coronavirus pandemic, but also put in place an HR Recovery Plan. We estimate the recovery in advanced economies outside China will begin by late July 2020. It may also, ironically, remove the threat of a recession by the end of 2020 – as demand bounces back with a new dynamic.

Global News

  • Canada: New immigration pathways for Hong Kong SAR residents

    Eligible Hong Kong residents with recently completed post-secondary studies are now able to apply for an open work permit in Canada, which can be valid for up to 3 years …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • UAE: Freelancer’s licence now available to foreign nationals in mainland Abu Dhabi

    Foreign nationals are now permitted to apply for “freelancer” licences and conduct around 48 types of business activities in Abu Dhabi, including consulting activities in areas of computer hardware and software, IT applications, the law, public relations, standardization and quality management, project development, procurement, technical installations, economic feasibility studies and human resources …Please login to view
  • Saudi Arabia: Al-Rajhi to raise minimum wage for Saudis registered in Nitaqat to SR4,000

    The gross monthly minimum wage for FT Saudi workers who are registered under the Saudization quota of the “Nitaqat” program has been increased from SAR 3,000 (US$800) to SAR 4,000 (US$1,067) …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • Nigeria: 2020 Finance Bill to exempt minimum wage earners from tax

    The Federal Government has proposed in the 2020 Finance Bill that minimum wage earners will be completely exempt from Personal Income Tax …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • Kenya: Visa-on-arrival option ending

    With effect from 1st January 2021, all travellers who are not visa-exempt will have to apply online for a Kenya eVisa and obtain it before boarding a flight to the country …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
Advanced Diploma in Multjurisdictional Employment Law
 

The FedEE Academy

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 offered through our Academy and 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 twelve months. The programme not only ends with a valuable qualification, but you will also be able to use the job title “HR Counsel”® 

Please also note that this programme is currently being updated and extended and will be relaunched in the Autumn with several modules reflecting recent changes in HR perspectives – such a greater interest in distant working and contingency planning and management.

For further information, please download the programme brochure and, if you wish, speak to a qualified Barrister here at FedEE.  Click here and sign up today to participate in the Programme

For further details, please contact the Programme Director on Academy@fedee.com.

Publications and press reports from FedEE correspondents
 

Press Releases and Newswires

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White papers

FedEE Member companies gain access to a wealth of information and guidance.

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Press Releases

Examples of past press releases 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

  • AUSTRALIA: South Australia will now go into lockdown for six days until 12:01am on 25th November 2020 amidst a serious coronavirus outbreak. All inbound international flights to Adelaide have been temporarily cancelled.

    AUSTRIA: Strict new lockdown measures will apply until at least December 6th 2020.

    AZERBAIJAN: The National Air Carrier of Azerbaijan has now resumed flights on its Nakhchivan-Baku route.

    CHINA: The Chinese government has temporarily suspended the entry of all visa and residence permit holders from India in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

    CYPRUS: Limassol and Paphos districts are currently placed in a quarantine until November 30th 2020. The curfew hour is from 8pm to 5am. Any movement in or out of these two districts will be strictly limited to essential business services where those crossing the divides have had a recent test result proving non-exposure to COVID-19.

    CYPRUS/GREECE/RUSSIA: Aeroflot will resume flights to Athens on 21st November 2020 and Cyprus’ Larnaca on 22nd November 2020.

    ETHIOPIA: A state of civil war exists across much of the country. Travel to the country is not recommended and existing staff may need to be evacuated.

    GUATEMALA: The Pacaya Volcano has been showing increased activity recently. Activity is primarily focused on the southwest side of the volcano and includes avalanches, increased ash eruptions, and explosions.

    ITALY: The central region of Abruzzo has gone into lockdown after being classed as one of Italy’s red zones of high COVID-19 contagion risk.

    JAMAICA: The nightly curfews will remain at 9 pm to 5 am each day until 1st December 2020.

    JAPAN: AirAsia Japan has just filed for bankruptcy proceedings in the Tokyo District Court. However, flights between Japan and destinations such as Bangkok will continue to be operated by other AirAsia carriers.

    NEW ZEALAND: Nurses, hospital reception and administration staff have called for a 24-hour nationwide strike on Monday, 23rd November 2020 over pay equity issues. Expect medical services disruptions at healthcare facilities and hospitals. Moreover, the wearing of face masks is now mandatory on Auckland public transport, and on all domestic flights – with few exceptions such as school buses, or people with asthma. Non-compliance may result in a maximum term of imprisonment of six months, or a fine of up to $4,000 (US$2,768).

    NIGERIA: The government has lifted a ban on flights to the West African country by Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways.

    NORWAY: Foreign nationals who cannot present certificate of a negative COVID-19 test can be refused entry, although there are few exceptions, such as foreign nations who are in transit.

    QATAR: Until 31st December 2020, all arrivals – including nationals, residents and visa holders – must isolate for up to 14 days upon their arrival in the country. 

    THAILAND: Anti-government protests outside the country's parliament in Bangkok have recently turned violent. Avoid all street gatherings as a precaution and anticipate further associated demonstrations in areas of the capital during the near term.

    UGANDA: Several people have been killed, and dozens wounded, after protests erupted in the capital Kampala following the arrest of an opposition presidential candidate. Expect further protests in Kampala and possibly across Uganda in the coming days.

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES/UZBEKISTAN: Uzbekistan Airways will increase flights frequency to Dubai from 1st December 2020.

    UNITED KINGDOM (SCOTLAND): The Level 4 measures, similar to a full lockdown, will apply from 6pm on 20th November 2020, until 11th December 2020, in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

FedEE makes it all fit together
 

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 and Japan. We were founded in 1988 and are regularly voted by our Members as an organisation they would recommend to other multinationals.

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 €995 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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