HR guidance notes

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

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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