HR guidance notes

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

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 2020/21

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 – update

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 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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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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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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Guidance note :: 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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Guidance note :: 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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Guidance note :: 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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