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One of the common themes during 2012 was an increase in the promulgation of laws and regulations designed to increase flexibility and lower the costs of labour for employers while maintaining sufficient protections for employees.
A prime example of this trend is the passage throughout 2012 of legislation in EU Member States implementing the EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work, which came into effect in December 2011. Also, in the UK, a novel idea is under consideration that would allow an employer to issue an ownership interest in the company to the employee in exchange for the employee’s agreement not to be protected by the unfair dismissal laws.
This fourth edition once again includes several general-interest chapters – one addressing employment issues in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, one addressing social media in the workplace, and another addressing global diversity initiatives.
This book is intended to assist practitioners and human resources professionals in identifying key issues so that they may, in turn, help their clients avoid potentially troublesome (and often costly) missteps. This edition also boasts the addition of five new countries, bringing the number of covered jurisdictions to 52.