HR guidance notes

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

Guidance note :: The Shortfalls of the European Union

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

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Guidance note :: 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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Guidance note :: 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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Guidance note :: 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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Guidance note :: Gross misconduct and rules of evidence

HR professionals are often called upon to judge employee conduct and take action on their findings …

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Guidance note :: Mobile workers

Cross border workers and expatriates

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Guidance note :: Anatomy of an employment contract

Introduction Whenever someone starts work they do so on the basis of an understanding about the tasks they will undertake, the hours that they will work, remuneration they will receive and the rights they will enjoy …

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Guidance note :: Assessing European qualifications

There is no automatic EU-wide recognition of academic diplomas …

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Guidance note :: Contract compliance

Contract Compliance Across the EU Introduction | Employment aspects | Origins of social policy enforcement | European Commission guidelines | National developments | Conclusions and implications  |  FedEE contract compliance checklist Introduction Public procurement directives were introduced to promote greater international competitiveness in the award of major contracts …

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Guidance note :: Developing a diversity policy

What is diversity? Diversity as a basis for management theory has its origins in the age of enlightenment …

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Guidance note :: Developing a social plan

In many European countries, there is a requirement for employers carrying out collective redundancies to prepare a social plan …

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Guidance note :: Driving for business

Whether you drive your own car or a company car across a national border, hire a car at an airport, or supervise those who need to drive internationally as part of their job, you will need to be aware of the basic driving regulations that operate in different countries …

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Guidance note :: HR departments in multinational companies

Guidance note-Multinational HR Departments: A business frequently becomes internationally orientated in stages …

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Guidance note :: Measuring service performance

Guidance note-Twelve core business measures for the HR professional: Business ratios and cost estimates are useful tools to measure company trends over time and also to compare performance with other firms in a particular industry sector …

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Guidance note :: On-call and standby time

Guidance note-on-call and standby time: There is no standard global definition of the concepts of on-call and standby time …

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