Looking for a refuge from virus-talk overload?

FedEE lets you turn off the clamour and clutter of opportunism and official pronouncements and focus on practical solutions in a business world that, once again, makes sense. We give you tools to use, ideas to apply and a clearer picture of the way ahead.

Employers have been living in uncertainty for far too long. Now we all need an honest picture about where we are going, what are the dangers and realistic options. Keeping the business on track is tough and the road ahead is certainly going to get tougher. 

However, those multinationals that put the protection  of  key skills and ROI first and adapt corporate goals will not only survive, but get stronger. Join forces,  join FedEE today.

〠 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 to help companies communicate how they will be tackling the transition period over the first few weeks. These avoid the top heavy and inept guidelines put together by government committees.

 

Monitoring and compliance

The reason why FedEE has no competitors is because it remains a huge task to track hundreds of thousands of employment-related laws and court cases each year in over 320 national and state jurisdictions around the world.

We can do that because we have over 30 years experience of sifting and interpreting legal sources to ensure compliance, are results orientated, not under conventional commercial pressures and have many of the world’s largest companies providing us with a constant stream of feedback about what issues matter most to HR practitioners.

What only FedEE monitors too, are the glaring gaps and contradictions in the law, and also numerous laws that are still upheld – even though they have lost their legal foundation. Employers, for instance, continue to be prosecuted under French language law, even though it has been ruled against by the European Court of Justice.

Our huge “knowledgebase” provides an essential 24/7 resource to all employers operating across national borders, whilst our Members are kept constantly up to date  with changes as they occur.  The way our data is presented allows them to immediately select what is useful, whilst our online/telephone helpline gives direct access to our multijurisdictional team – who are able to quickly resolve most legal and HR questions within minutes.  Test your compliance level now.

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 particulary 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? 
  • How can employers achieve employee pay cuts outside the USA?
  • What has the law just done for pregnant women in Chile?
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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 global economy 2020-2022

We are predicting that global GDP will contract by -16% this year and -19% in 2021. We do not project global economic growth until 2024. However,  after a flat year in 2020, growth will return to China, South Korea and Australia in 2021. China is also likely to take the opportunity to make large inroads into global markets, partly through takeovers of leading western brands.

The total loss of jobs across the world has already amounted to 300 million, and we predict it will peak at 450 million by the end of this year. Companies that are receiving wage subsidies, government loans and taking advantage of deferred social security payments will ultimately suffer much more from job cuts than those that act early.

Although there will, no doubt, be a temporary bounce back this Summer in Europe and North America the decline in GDP will become even more pronounced in late Autumn, particularly if there is a recurrence of COVID-19 within the advanced economies. We have yet to see the full extent of the pandemic in SubSaharan Africa and Latin America and here the loss of life could be substantial. The most hard hit economies will be the USA, Italy, Turkey and the UK – the latter also suffering from the impact of Brexit from next year.

The biggest damage to economies in Europe and North America will be through stagflation – the lethal cocktail of hyperinflation and rising unemployment that last appeared in the 1970s.  Initially, prices will be held down by low demand for oil, but as oil producing countries cut production this will reverse and compound the inflation caused by weakening currencies, raw material shortages and damaged supply chains.

A FEW PRIORITIES

  • Assess your company’s 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.
  • Fill policy gaps, where necessary – such as the covering of back to work requirements,  developing selection criteria for redundancy, introducing arbitration clauses to deal with all employment disputes and introducing pay cuts, pay freezes and hiring moratoriums.
  • Look at corporate liability concerning the transmission of viruses in the workplace and ensure that the company has mitigated any future threats.
  • Look beyond the current global crisis to identify new challenges. Have you developed a HR Recovery Plan? FedEE has a plan structure for use by Member firms.
  • 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.
  • Review past practices in the hiring of foreign workers and developing strategies to do so more selectively in the future.
  • Ensure that at least one member of the HR team undertakes FedEE’s one-year HR Counsel Programme.
 

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

  • Kazakhstan: Latest amendments to labour legislation

    Law number 321-VI amending certain Labour-Related Legislative Acts came into force on May 16th …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • South Korea: Amendments to Three Data Privacy Laws

    Amendments to the three principal data protection laws will be coming into place over the next year …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • Global: Why do pandemic mortality rates differ?

    When the coronavirus was first recognised as a problem back in January, China reported a mortality rate of around 2% …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • Global: Why are official projections so poor?

    Most governments and forecasting organisations have, until very recently, been projecting a fairly minimal impact of the pandemic on the economy …Please login to view this content or become a member by joining now.
  • Global: Commuting claims

    We have seen from the German case reported in this Newswire that employers are now coming dangerously close to becoming responsible for commuting costs …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 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” – as FedEE owns the term as a trade mark.

Please also note that: during the present global crisis the normal Programme fee has been substantially reduced – especially for those HR professionals facing furlough, or redundancy. Why not make this programme part of a severance or enforced suspension programme for you or your colleagues? Multijurisdictional HR legal compliance skills are rare and are going to be in much demand when the present crisis ends.

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.

 

Press Releases and Newswires

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White papers

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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

  • INDIA/BANGLADESH: A powerful Cyclone has killed at least 14 people in eastern India and Bangladesh. If you are in the affected areas, you should monitor local weather reports and anticipate continuing disruptions.

    INDIA: Domestic flight services will resume from Monday, the 25th of May 2020.

    SINGAPORE: With effect from the 2nd of June 2020, travellers will gradually be allowed to transit through Singapore Changi Airport.

    ITALY: All Italian airports will be able to reopen from the 3rd of June 2020.

    TURKEY: Turkish Airlines has extended cancellation of domestic flights until the 4th of June and international flights until the 10th of June 2020.

    COLOMBIA: All international passenger flights will be banned until the 31st of August 2020.

    ARGENTINA: The government has banned all internal and international commercial flights until the 1st of September 2020.

    ISRAEL: The flag carrier El Al has extended a suspension of scheduled commercial flights until the 20th of June 2020, with the exception of cargo flights and one-off chartered services.

    KENYA: The budget carrier Jambojet has extended the suspension of its flights until the 7th of June 2020.

    NEW ZEALAND/USA: The United States Consulate in Auckland, New Zealand has resumed routine American Citizen Services (ACS). However, visa services remain suspended at this time. 

    JAPAN: The state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures has been lifted. However, the emergency restrictions will remain in place in Tokyo, and three neighboring prefectures - as well as in Hokkaido. 

    GERMANY: Berlin's Tegel Airport is likely to close on the 15th of June 2020 for at least two months due to declining traffic.

    ALGERIA: With effect from the 23rd of May 2020, it will be compulsory to wear face masks in public. In addition, movement restrictions have also been extended through to Friday, the 29th of May 2020.

    SWEDEN: The entry ban for non-EEA citizens has been extended until Monday, the 15th of June 2020.

    INDONESIA: The capital city, Jakarta, has extended its coronavirus measures until the 4th of June 2020.

    CYPRUS: Airports will reopen on the 9th of June 2020.

    SPAIN: The wearing of face masks is now a requirement for adults in Spain - both in public and indoors (with non-family members) if minimum social distancing is not possible.

    SERBIA: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport has now reopened for commercial traffic.

    NEPAL: The lockdown has been extended until the 2nd of June 2020.

    SUDAN: All airports will be closed for both internal and international commercial passenger flights until the end of May 2020. 

    GERMANY: German airline Lufthansa will recommence flights to Tel Aviv in mid-June. It is also expected to resume flights between Dubai and Frankfurt from the 7th of June 2020. 

    KAZAKHSTAN: The flag carrier, Air Astana, is set to resume 30% of its flights on internal routes by the end of May 2020. 

    KENYA: The Kenyan government has closed the country's borders with Somalia and Tanzania until the 6th of June 2020.

    CUBA: Airports are unlikely to be reopened until July 2020.

    HONDURAS: The current curfew will remain in effect until the 24th of May 2020.

    SENEGAL: The authorities have now eased COVID-19 restrictions.

    ICELAND: Restrictions are expected to start easing for visitors arriving from overseas no later than the 15th of June 2020.

    PHILIPPINES: The government has announced an extension of a lockdown of its capital, Manila, until June 2020.

    ALGERIA: Measures that are aimed at restricting movement have been extended by 15 days until the 29th of May 2020.

    FRANCE/GERMANY: Rail services between Germany and France have been resumed.

    EUROPE: Ryanair will offer 40% of its normal flight schedule from the 1st of July 2020. Passengers will be required to wear face coverings and ask crew permission to use the toilet.

    POLAND: The presidential election has been postponed amidst movement limitations arising from the coronavirus.

    ZIMBABWE: Police in the country will now arrest anyone leaving their homes without wearing face masks.

    PHILIPPINES: All inbound commercial flights have been temporarily suspended in nine of Philippines’ airports.

    SPAIN: Face masks are now be compulsory on public transport.

    MAURITIUS: The government has extended the nationwide curfew until the 1st of June 2020.

    THAILAND: The Civil Aviation Authority has extended its ban on inbound international flights until end of May 2020. 

    SAUDI ARABIA: The government will continue the suspension of international and domestic flights until further notice.

    USA: Hawaii's governor has extended the State’s stay-at-home order until the 31st of May 2020.

    SAUDI ARABIA: The curfew hours which have been imposed on several cities will be eased during the month of Ramadan.

    LUXEMBOURG: Luxair flights and LuxairTours holidays activities will resume on the 30th of May, 2020.

    SINGAPORE: The government has extended partial lockdown measures until the 1st of June 2020.

 

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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