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Global HR Hot Topic—December 2014: Overseas Business Travel Liability and the Duty of Care in Times of Ebola

As of late 2014, the United States faced no Ebola pandemic whatsoever. The odds of catching Ebola in an American workplace remained statistically zero. Only a handful of Ebola cases had made their way to the United States,...more

Global HR Hot Topic—November 2014: Employment Law Toolkit for Cross-Border M&A Deals

Some years ago, a leading London corporate lawyer told The New York Times that in "merging two regular companies...you just do it and sort out the people issues afterwards." (A. Sorkin, "A Lawyer's Lawyer: Bridging Borders,"...more

Global HR Hot Topic—October 2014: Electronic Signatures and the "Paperless Office" in International Human Resources

Back in the decades before information technology marginalized hard-copy HR documents, paperwork containing employee signatures and staff sign-offs continually expanded—think of job applications; offer letters; tax/social...more

Global HR Hot Topic—September 2014: Global Codes of Conduct

Most major multinationals—particularly those based in the United States—have issued global codes of conduct spelling out baseline rules that apply across their worldwide operations. But these conduct codes vary substantially...more

Global HR Hot Topic—August 2014: How to Launch an International HR Policy, Code of Conduct or Benefits Plan

In this era of internationally aligned business operations, multinationals roll out cross-border human resources policies, global codes of conduct and international benefits offerings. But launching these cross-border...more

Global HR Hot Topic: Globally Auditing Human Resources Compliance - May 2014

Globalization pushes multinationals to align more and more aspects of human resources across borders. Multinationals now routinely globalize many of their HR programs, policies, benefits and other "offerings" that, back in...more

Global HR Hot Topic—March 2014: Global Compensation, Bonus and Benefits Plan Checklist

Business imperatives push multinationals to expand at least some of their pay, bonus and benefits offerings internationally. This is why in recent years we have seen multinationals globalize many compensation and benefits...more

Global HR Hot Topic—February 2014: International Outsourcing and Offshoring: An Employment Law Checklist

Belgium's Roger Blanpain, perhaps the world's preeminent professor of international employment law, once declared that "we live in an information society, driven by knowledge in action.…[Services] can be provided via the...more

Global HR Hot Topic—January 2014: Employment Contracts Outside the United States

A Field Guide to Overseas Collective, Individual, Indefinite, Fixed-Term and Probationary Work Agreements - When a US organization sets out abroad and signs up staff overseas, the first obstacle it hits is deciding...more

Global HR Hot Topic - November 2013: How to Cut (or “Restructure”) Employment Terms, Work Hours, Benefits and Pay Outside the...

Employment-at-will offers American employers broad freedom to cut their staff’s terms and conditions of employment, work hours, employee benefits—even compensation, bonuses, commissions and base pay. Indeed, American bosses...more

Global HR Hot Topic—November 2013: Cross-Border Telecommuting Checklist

Belgium's Roger Blanpain, perhaps the world's preeminent professor of international employment law, once said that "we live in an information society, driven by knowledge in action....[Services] can be provided via the...more

11/4/2013  /  Cross-Border , Telecommuting

Global HR Hot Topic - October 2013: "Floating” Employment Toolkit

When a multinational business or nonprofit decides to launch a presence in some foreign market where it has never done business before by opening a new local office, a new facility or a new factory, its path is clear: The...more

10/1/2013  /  International Labor Laws

Global Equal Employment Opportunity Toolkit: How to Fight Workplace Discrimination and Harassment and Promote Workplace Diversity...

Equal employment opportunity initiatives like policies, code of conduct provisions and training modules on discrimination, harassment and diversity have long been vital to domestic American employers. Now, in the global...more

Global HR Hot Topic - September 2013: Cross-Border Age Discrimination Compliance

Multinationals have to comply with discrimination laws across their worldwide operations. And multinationals certainly need to comply with their own internal equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies that they impose...more

Global HR Hot Topic - August 2013: Cross-Border Anti-Discrimination Initiatives

Discrimination law in the United States is more evolved than anywhere else on Earth. The leading treatise on US employment discrimination law (by Barbara Lindemann and Paul Grossman) runs to two volumes and 3,300 pages. By...more

Global HR Hot Topic - July 2013: Structuring Expatriate Postings

Multinationals inevitably post expatriates abroad. But in setting up expat postings, employers too often either ignore the question of how best to structure the expat assignment or else they struggle with the expat...more

How a US University Can Employ Faculty, Researchers, Administrators and Foreign Locals at an Overseas Program

A full century has passed since Yale professor Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu and University of Chicago professor James Henry Breasted led his expeditions into Egypt and the Sudan for Chicago’s Oriental Institute...more

International Dismissal Toolkit: Individual Employment Terminations and Reductions-in-Force Outside the United States

Firing an employee in the United States can be a challenge. Group firings—reductions in-force — can be an even bigger challenge. And from the point of view of a multinational headquartered in the United States, overseas...more

Global HR Hot Topic - May 2013: Individual Employment Dismissal Obligations Outside the US

Challenge: Overseas, dismissing an individual employee gets complex and is heavily regulated. Dismissal mandates under foreign law tend to fall into three broad categories: dismissal procedures, pre-termination notice...more

Global HR Hot Topic - April 2013: Internal Investigations in Overseas Workplaces

Challenge: In America, internal investigations into suspicions and allegations of employee misconduct follow an increasingly well-defined approach. But exporting US investigatory best practices raises unexpected...more

Global HR Hot Topic - March 2013: Cross-Border Anti-Harassment Initiatives

Challenge: A “zero tolerance” stand against illegal workplace harassment is laudable in US domestic operations. But wildly differing harassment laws and standards abroad complicate an inflexible global approach to eradicating...more

Global HR Hot Topic - February 2013: Threshold Dismissal Circumstances Overseas: Good Cause, Economic Necessity, Employee Rank and...

Challenge: Multinationals facing overseas dismissals too often skip ahead to check local laws on pre-termination notice, severance pay and dismissal procedures. But often, threshold circumstances override these...more

Global HR Hot Topic - January 2013: Cross-Border Diversity Initiatives for Recruiting and Retention

Challenge: Diversity initiatives that promote recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce are increasingly important outside the US. But transplanting a US diversity initiative for overseas workers risks confusion,...more

Global HR Hot Topic - December 2012: Dismissing Staff Outside the United States

Firing an employee in the United States can be a challenge. Group firings - reductions-in force — can be a big challenge. And from the point of view of a multinational headquartered in the United States, overseas individual...more

12/10/2012  /  International Labor Laws
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