HR guidance notes

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

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

Data retention of personnel records 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 Europe 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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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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Guidance Note: Checklist on COVID-19 Priorities for HR

Critical questions every HR department should be asking right now There is always a danger that companies will either ignore the current crisis as soon as it is over – in a rush to catch up and get back to “normal” – or fall into the other trap of seeking to over-analyse the situation and become preoccupied with concerns over hygiene and social distancing …

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The impact of COVID-19 on individual companies

FedEE presents below a thumbnail picture of the way the ongoing pandemic is affecting individual companies around the World …

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Arbitration in employment

The Advantages of Arbitration Arbitration is becoming increasingly common in the field of employment law outside the USA, although it is still fairly rare on the European Continent …

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EU Glossary

A-Z of the European Union A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Accession Countries: Those states currently negotiating EU membership, or awaiting final entry to the EU …

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The Shortfalls of the European Union

Some of the employment-related problems that have been generated by the European Union.

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International Sanctions and Cultural Sensitivities

Companies operating in countries subject to UN and US sanctions should take great care with the way their executives act. Political and cultural sensitivities should also be respected more generally.

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Employment status checklist

Determining if an individual is an employee or independent contractor There is a certain amount of overlap between the employment law and tax definitions of employee status, but the match is far from exact and it should not be assumed that because someone is registered with a tax authority as self-employed, operates a service company or is a contractor with employees or subcontractors that they will automatically be considered by a court to be a non-employee for the purposes of being excluded from paid holidays, notice and so on …

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Pre-Work Trials

Sampling the workplace prior to reaching a hiring decision Asking an employee to work for a few hours at the company prior to a decision to hire them may appear to be a good precaution on both sides, but it is full of potential pitfalls …

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