HR guidance notes

Practical HR guides and overviews of key issues facing employers in Europe and beyond

Guidance Notes :: Business trips within EEA/Switzerland

EU Posting of Workers Directive (Revised: 2018/957) Business trips and the need for pre-registration …

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Guidance note :: MLC regulations for Jackup rigs in UK waters

A Barge (Jackup rig) is a floating hull and whilst it is in that state (floating) the MLC regulations apply …

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Guidance note :: International HR data transfers (UK/Switzerland)

◉ Switzerland  Switzerland is not an EU or EEA country, but it follows EU rules – including the GDPR …

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Guidance Note :: Health & safety – remote workers

With so many employees working from home, and the general switch to distant working on a more permanent basis in prospect, it is important for employers to establish appropriate workspace and working condition standards for home-based workers …

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Guidance note :: Redundancy during the 2020-21 global health crisis

In the following document, we take it largely as read that employers will be subject to, or have been involved in, government-led programmes to protect the jobs of workers laid off because of the health crisis restrictions …

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Guidance note :: HR contingency planning and management 2021

Large companies are seldom ready for the day when disaster strikes …

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Guidance note :: The posting of workers across the EEA/Switzerland

Set out below is an outline of the newly consolidated requirements and their implications for employers …

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Guidance note :: Performance appraisal

According to a definition by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), performance appraisal is an ‘assessment against a set of predetermined criteria of the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which an organisation or an individual carries out a particular activity or range of activities …

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Guidance note :: Austrian social security and benefits

The social security, pensions and benefits system in Austria is highly complex and below we set out a summary of their main elements …

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Guidance note :: Dutch health and safety requirements – homeworkers

There is no official health and safety law or specific formal guidance concerning home workers …

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Guidance note :: Data retention periods

◉ Employee data retention around the World Data retention is subject to three types of sometimes conflicting laws …

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Guidance note :: Mandatory harassment training

Selected countries around the World ◉ FRANCE A mountain of case law has clearly established that an employer may only be exempted from responsibility for any harassment or discriminatory act if they can readily establish that they took all possible steps to prevent it …

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Guidance note :: Annual leave during the health crisis

May an employer force an employee to take their paid annual leave? This is a complex issue that is conditional on a number of factors …

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Guidance note :: Back to work rules – A ready-made example

Example: Version 2 …

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Guidance note :: Making pay cuts during the health crisis, and after

Many companies consider temporary pay cuts in difficult economic circumstances as an alternative to short-time working or redundancies - the 2020 lockdown increased this interest. But is it lawful and can it be practically undertaken?

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