Sense out of uncertainty, HR without borders

Welcome to the leading organisation for multinational employers.

Global employers belong to FedEE because we provide the kind of fast, practical, affordable, high quality and far-sighted service that gives HR professionals in multinationals the edge they require to stay ahead of the game. An illustration of this is the fact that we have predicted not only 9/11, the 2007/8 meltdown, the Brexit result, the pandemic (six months before it happened) – as well as the latest surge of hyperinflation, back in May 2020. 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.”

〠 Join our top Multinationals: We are Chaired by the Ford Motor Company, whilst Latham and Watkins – the world’s second largest law firm – is on our board. In fact, 40% of the top global companies are FedEE corporate members.

〠 Legal Counsel: FedEE Members have access to our legal knowledgebase, helpline and customised legal services.

Monitoring Developments: FedEE differs significantly from others in how we communicate complex laws, court decisions, HR practices and key developments.

〠 Our powerful predictive indices help us see well ahead of others – including the IMF, World Bank and HR institutions. Our experience over the years since we were founded in 1988 is that HR is often the last to see critical future trends and that they are kept in a fog by over-parochial professional bodies and the HR press. The truth can seem painfull at first, but is much easier when confronted head on.


International HR Answers in Seconds

FedEE was developed 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 fraction of the cost. That is perhaps why many HR departments around the World have relied on FedEE for over three decades.

Examples of Issues We Review:

☞ A recent landmark court decision in Malaysia has been the first to challenge the country’s Islamic laws concerning sexual orientation. 

We chart the COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdown requirements as they happen. Our expertise in Epidemiology allows us to track and evaluate emerging threats.

☞ How many US States now ban the use of non-compete clauses and which is the latest?

☞ Are casual workers unlawful in Australia? We show you why not.

☞ What are the latest changes to Singapore’s Child Development Co-Savings Act? What do they mean?

☞ What has happened to the legal loophole in Belgium that allowed employers to hire workers on a succession of alternating temporary and replacement contracts?

☞ May an employer in Kenya dismiss an employee serving a probationary period “at will”?

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

☞ Which multinational companies are leading the way in introducing hybrid work practices?

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The FedEE Story

FedEE was supported initially by the European Commission.

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FedEE Services

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

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FedEE Achievements

Some achievements since foundation in 1988.

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

The future of work

COMMENT: The recession is here, quickly act on it

For the past two years FedEE has been predicting a major economic downturn once the post-pandemic bounceback “health honeymoon” period has ended. The fall will now be further intensified by the Ukraine war.

What recession means is that GDP and stocks fall heavily and hyperinflation sets in. US GDP fell 1.4% in Q1 2022, CPI is approaching double figures and stocks are close to free fall. Now the virtual certainty of a recession has been recognised by others – such as former Fed Governor Roger Ferguson who believes it is “inevitable”.

Driving the recession is the economic irresponsibility of major governments around the World, that printed money in vast quantities as GDP levels fell. The dilution of the US dollar has been particularly spectacular – with M3 growing by over 40% since February 2020. 

The only major economy that has remained relatively well-managed during the pandemic has been Japan. However, Japan’s GDP fell by 0.4% in Q1 2022 and the yen-dollar exchange rate is at its weakest point in 20 years, making the yen substantially below its true value.  


It was just a matter of time for quantitative easing (overprinting of paper money) to transpose into rapidly rising levels of inflation. The impact of falling consumer confidence is impacting on stocks – with the Nasdaq down  25% so far this year. GDP is collapsing too during Q1 2022 by 5.4% in Ireland, 2.9% in Belgium, 2.9% in Hong Kong, and 1% in Indonesia.

State central banks are currently planning to use a sharp rise in interest rates to make the recession bite – hoping that only a controlled collapse will curb inflation. However, unless they buy back the inflated currency stocks they issued in 2020/21 this move will backfire badly.

Corporate recruiters in the West are still lamenting the tightness of labour markets, even as “Rome burns” all around them. The clever thing to do right now is freeze general hiring, focus only upon high talent and begin to cost various downsizing options – and join FedEE to help keep ahead of the curve.


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

FedEE Legal are Legal Counsel to the Federation. We offer expert advice, information and support at less cost and much faster than 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. For statutory reasons FedEE Legal is not open to non-members of the Federation. Call us today on (+44) 203 807 9205 or email

Ask FedEE Legal’s 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 public and private organisations to assess, for instance, the best jurisdiction and labour market for expansion into Eastern Europe, restructure the business, convert independent advisors into permanent employees, 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

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.

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FedEE Guidance: The War in Ukraine

How to handle the displacement of your Ukrainian employees

Although the EU already operated relaxed visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens before the war began this has now been enhanced by a right to stay order. This gives Ukrainians freedom to travel within EU borders, work in any EU country and gain access to social services for a period of one year. Of course, the state of martial law operating in Ukraine means that the majority of adult men are not allowed to leave the country.  However, once across the border women, children and the elderly are generally being well treated and even allowed to travel free on many railway systems.

Employers in the rest of Europe are currently receiving requests from the Ukraine diaspora on their payrolls to take time off to return to their home country and enlist in the armed forces. So far 60,000, mainly men, have returned.

Many measures have been taken by bordering countries to assist Ukrainian refugees. The Polish parliament, for instance has passed a Special Act to address the crisis. This allows Ukrainians to remain in the country for 18 months (extendable to 3 years), access healthcare, social services (including unemployment benefit), schooling for children and gain special tax benefits.

Foreign employers with staff in Ukraine, or forced to flee the country, should keep closely in touch with them, guarantee their jobs/salaries and assist them, where possible, to find alternative accommodation.

For those men not able to leave the country there should be the opportunity given to stay in temporary accommodation near the western border or in the mountains on the southern borders. However, hotels should be avoided if possible as these are being searched by the Ukrainian military authorities and conscription orders applied – even if an individual is gainfully employed. Ukrainian employees should also be warned that a number of criminal gangs are exploiting the upheaval to steal, exploit and even hold professionals hostage.

Policy Priorities

FedEE recommends the following steps that should be taken by multinationals to deal with the conflict at a more global level:

  • The establishment of a special corporate executive group to review developments and advise the Group Board on what urgent actions should be taken – especially if the conflict escalates.
  • Immediate evacuation of key expatriate personnel and their families from affected areas (Western Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, plus border areas  in the Baltics, Finland, and Poland).
  • Freezing of planned visits by personnel and contractors to the countries involved in the conflict and urgent repatriation of those on training and exchange visits from Russia and Belarus.
  • Support for ongoing operations in Ukraine and maintaining staff through distance working, where possible.
  • Suspension of trade with Russia, Belarus and their allies in the conflict + any investment in the region.
  • Increased vigilance against cyberattacks and industrial espionage.
  • Stockpiling of products normally sourced in or through the conflict zone.
  • Compliance with western sanctions at every level.
  • Maintaining a close review of the impact that the conflict is having on inflation and currency exchange rates.
  • Monitoring for the potential spill over into NATO countries bordering the region – especially the area of eastern Estonia where there is a large Russian-speaking community.
  • Safeguards in respect to outspoken anti-Russian and Chinese sentiments amongst company personnel.
  • Controling PR messages to maintain as neutral a position as possible.
  • The establishment of a “worst case” strategy and a clear view about the circumstances that would trigger it.

FedEE will be briefing its Members on the HR and broader business implications of the conflict as it unfolds. In the meantime, companies should not underestimate the seriousness of this crisis or assume that it is merely a localised event in Eastern Europe.

Publications and press reports from FedEE correspondents

Press Releases and Newswires


White papers

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


Press Releases

Examples of past press releases distributed to media, newspapers and agencies. 


Past Newswires

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

Travel Alerts

  • IRISH REPUBLIC: A Passenger Locator Form must be completed online 72 hours prior to departure. It is an offence to travel to the Republic without having completed a form. 

    POLAND: Current rules and restrictions due to COVID-19 may be viewed here. Important information for entering and leaving Poland can also be found here.

    BAHRAIN: Passengers arriving from Red List countries, including passengers who have transited through any of those countries at any point in the preceding 14 days, are prohibited from entry unless they are citizens or residents of Bahrain.

    BRAZIL: Dengue cases in São Paulo have tripled (6,551) during the first half of the year when compared to the number infected throughout the year in 2020 (2,026). No specific antiviral agents exist for dengue. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that patients should stay well hydrated and to avoid aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), aspirin-containing drugs, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) because of their anticoagulant properties.

    FRANCE: Visitors must always check with the French government before they travel, to make sure they meet their legal requirements. 

    GUATEMALA: Demands are mounting for the resignation of President Alejandro Giammattei over his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the massive shortage of COVID vaccines in the country. Visitors should stay vigilant and avoid any unofficial protests (the president of Guatemala has just banned most protests for the following two weeks).

    SOUTH AFRICA: Violence continues across the country following the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma. Crowds looting and setting alight to shopping centres have clashed with police in several cities. Avoid all protests and the use of public transport services. Conserve fuel as a fuel shortage has been reported in several parts of the country.

    EUROPEAN UNION: An EU website provides information on the various COVID-19 related  measures in place across the EU countries. It is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This should help travellers plan their travel in Europe, while staying safe and healthy.

    FRANCE: An up-to-date classification of risky countries is available here (in French). This FAQ contains information for foreign nationals wishing to enter France, or already in France, who are concerned about restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ISRAEL: Anyone flying into Israel must submit the online entry statement no more than 24 hours before their scheduled time of departure. Foreign nationals must also have an entry permit. It should be noted that foreign nationals will only be permitted entry if they fall under an exceptional case.  

    SWITZERLAND: To view regularly updated entry restrictions for high-risk countries, please click on the government website here.

    UAE: A new colour-coded system (“green pass”) for the contact tracing app Alhosn has been introduced to show vaccination status and COVID PCR test validity. Only “green pass” holders in Abu Dhabi will be allowed entry to most public places. In addition, expatriate residents returning to the 6 emirates other than Dubai no longer need approval from ICA to return to the UAE, but they must download the Al HOSN app on their mobile phones to allow authorities to monitor their health whilst they are in quarantine. Expatriate residents returning to Dubai need approval from GDRFA and must download the COVID-19 DXB smart app. To view the full list of 'green' countries, regions and territories that visitors may travel from if planning a trip to Abu Dhabi, please check here

    FINLAND: Entry restrictions for Finland are detailed on the website of the Finnish Government.

    JERSEY (CHANNEL ISLANDS): Residents who intend to live in Jersey for more than 12 months are reminded to register any foreign vehicle brought with them to the Island, and obtain a Jersey driving licence. There are severe penalties for driving unregistered vehicles, including a fine of up to £10,000, or up to six months imprisonment.

    IRISH REPUBLIC: Passengers arriving in Ireland from, or having transited through, any country on the list of designated high-risk countries must complete the mandatory hotel quarantine and are required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility and to pre-pay for their stay.

    NETHERLANDS: The current approach to tackling coronavirus in the Netherlands may be viewed here.

    BERMUDA: Visitors and residents may not travel to Bermuda without an advance approved Travel Authorisation.

    COSTA RICA: A Health Pass must be completed and a QR Code obtained to show to airport authorities upon arrival to Costa Rica.

    ICELAND: The latest information regarding travel restrictions to Iceland as a result of COVID-19 is available here. Travellers should also note that a volcanic eruption is likely soon as quake swarms continue in southwestern Iceland.

    KUWAIT: All travellers are required to register on the Mosafer platform prior to beginning their travel to Kuwait.

    SWEDEN: Questions and answers about the entry ban from EEA states, and certain other states, can be found here.

    IRISH REPUBLIC: Entry visa processing for Ireland has been temporarily suspended, with some exceptions.

    NEW ZEALAND: All customers will be required to present their Managed Isolation Allocation Voucher at the airport to board their flight to New Zealand.

    UAE: Guidance on travelling to the UAE can be viewed here.

    LUXEMBOURG: The latest updated entry restrictions may be viewed here.

    CHILE: Travellers must compete an electronic “Affidavit of Travellers” (also called a “Sanitary Passport”) within 48 hours of departing. After completing the form, travellers will receive a QR code that they may use when boarding their flight.

    MALDIVES: All those travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-completed health declaration within 24 hours prior their departure.

    AUSTRIA: Medical-grade FFP2 face masks are now mandatory in the country for people aged over 14 on public transport, shops and businesses, pharmacies, as well as hospitals or medical practices. Pregnant women and people with medical conditions are exempt.

    CANADA: New pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers flying into the country can be found here. For COVID-19 public health measures and restrictions in Ontario, please view here. To find out who may travel to Canada and public health measures for travellers to the country, please click on the official website here.

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Please note that the certificate and confirmation form for entry into the country are available here.

    ESTONIA: Information on countries and restriction on freedom of movement requirements for passengers is available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

    EUROPEAN UNION: Before planning a trip, visitors may wish to consult the European Union’s website where they may find country-specific information relating to border controls, travel restrictions, health and public safety measures - as well as other practical information. To check what travel documents are necessary when crossing the border into another EU country, please view here. What’s more, road safety and traffic rules differ within the EU. To find out what the various country-specific rules are, please click here. For information on rules of driving a company car abroad, please check here.

    FINLAND: Entry restrictions and health measures may be viewed here. For instructions issued by the Finnish border guard service, please check here.

    FRANCE: The government has provided some useful advice on its website for foreign nationals wishing to enter the country (or already in the country).

    FRENCH POLYNESIA: The ETIS is a mandatory health registration form for any traveler arriving to French Polynesia by air. Visitors must submit a valid copy within three days of their flight, and each time they enter Polynesian territory.

    GERMANY: Information on entry restrictions and quarantine regulations can be accessed here.

    GLOBAL: Global port restrictions may be viewed here.

    IRISH REPUBLIC: To view travel advice for over 200 countries from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), please check here. Visitors are reminded to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form if they arrive in Ireland from another country.

    LATVIA: All people must fill in an electronic form no earlier than 48 hour before crossing the border, they will then receive a QR code to show to customs.

    LITHUANIA: Before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train to travel to this country, a form must be completed on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of boarding. To find out who is allowed to enter the country during emergency situation due to COVID-19, please check here.

    MALTA: Before travelling to Malta, it is necessary to complete the Public Health Travel Declaration Form and the Passenger Locator Form.

    NEW ZEALAND: To find out who may still enter the country, please click here.

    NORWAY: The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has provided a map on its website showing obligations to go into quarantine that apply for travellers arriving in Norway.

    ROMANIA: A map indicating which border crossing points are open can be accessed here.

    SPAIN: The official website offers tourists and business travellers information on how to protect people’s health and safety during their trip.

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 €998.00 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 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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