HR guidance notes

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

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

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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Guidance note :: Pay indexation across Europe

Pay indexation in Europe is now mandatory in only a handful of countries, and where it exists is frequently confined to certain industry sectors …

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Guidance note :: Pension systems across Europe

Within the European Union there are three main types of retirement provision: ◉ State pensions These are usually part of the social security system and are funded out of current state income rather than accumulated funds …

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Guidance note :: Pre-employment vetting

The legality of pre-employment vetting is a major issue for employers and is closely constrained by data protection, privacy and human rights legislation …

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Guidance note :: Compulsory military service

◉ Patterns of conscription When establishing an international recruitment policy and developing individual career plans, employers often overlook the existence of conscription …

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Guidance note :: Verification of documents issued by other EEA countries

Before an employer may hire a national from another European Economic Area (EEA) state, they are obliged to verify the prospective employee’s identity and travel documents …

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Guidance note :: Statutory paternity leave around the world

Paternity leave may be granted as a separate leave for new fathers following the birth (or adoption) of a child or it may be part of ‘special leave’ provisions, which includes leave for personal reasons, family responsibilities or emergencies …

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Guidance note :: Statutory maternity leave around the world

Please note that the information contained in this comparative guide is just a general overview of minimum statutory maternity leave requirements …

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Guidance note :: Trade union trends around the world

◉ Trends in Europe Throughout the developed world, with very few exceptions, trade union membership remains on a downward curve …

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