Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Global as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Global: Why coronavirus figures seem to differ so much

What is worrying for employers trying to predict the seriousness of the ongoing health emergency around the world is that there is such huge variation between countries in terms of infection and mortality rates …

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Global: The bigger picture

We have been reminded recently that COVID-19 is not the only deadly virus that could infect employees …

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Global: Pregnancy trends

It is a curious fact that when there are large-scale events, it can have direct repercussions for demographic trends …

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Global: Don’t watch payroll, watch USA money supply

Whatever other factors intervene, the second most important statistic for employers to watch (after GDP) is consumer price inflation (CPI) …

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Global: Official statistics

Because of the step change brought about by the global health crisis, it is not relevant – and often misleading – to consult official statistics as a guide to anything but very short-term actions …

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Global: Up in the air

Not only has the global health crisis put a temporary halt to air travel, but it has also probably reduced demand for good, due to a decline in the desire for mass tourist travel and the need for regular business trips …

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Global: No, it is not going away

Although there have been improvements in the apparent number of coronavirus cases across the European continent, the Middle East and parts of Asia, there is continued high growth in Russia, India, Brazil, and parts of Africa …

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Global: Pe and pem

The health crisis has brought to the fore a number of corporate, as well as income tax, issues …

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Global: The future is predictable

As we found in respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, even multinational HR Departments seldom take the trouble to plan for step changes in their business environments …

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Global: Skill shortages

One useful set of OECD statistics that they hide, almost out of view, are indications of skill shortage by country …

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Global: Expanding powers

As the powers of the European Union wane and the UN/ILO are further sidelined, the OECD is rising to take up some of the space left behind them …

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Global: Cross-border workers

Although arrangements between France, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland were concluded in March for cross-border workers, the arrangements did not necessarily apply to those whose commuting activities meant that they lived well away from the borders concerned …

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Global: The impact of redundancy

We have reported in this issue the tragic Irish case concerning employer liability for a suicide resulting from a botched redundancy of a senior manager …

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Global: The democratic deficit at work

In many countries – such as Canada, Chile, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Mexico, the UK and USA – the proportion of people who are trade union members comes very close to the proportion covered by collective agreements …

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Global: The true cost

We have earlier reported on the secondary consequences of the pandemic on health systems …

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