As Radius reported last fall, certain public and private sector employees in Sweden are trialing a six-hour workday. Those innovative employers that are trialing the six-hour workday recognize the significant potential of the practice. While there are potential disadvantages to a shortened workday — such as the possibility that the employer might need to recruit additional workers to make up for lost hours — there are also many long-term employer benefits of moving to such a schedule.
Last month Uber announced that it will pay up to $100 million to settle class action claims from US drivers claiming to be employees rather than self-employed contractors. The global ride-hailing service is fighting similar battles on a number of fronts, including a lawsuit in the UK from drivers seeking worker rights and compensation for lost earnings.This new world of contingent labour does not come without costs, and is in many ways seriously testing old labour codes that demarcate the self-employed from the employed. The distinction is an important one.
Achieving a balance in the area of family leave is critical for multinationals. HR leaders should ask themselves: How can we develop family friendly leave policies that comply with local labor laws and customs, and encourage a healthy work-life balance, all while ensuring that our growing business remains financially sustainable?
France has approved a decree whereby an employer can provide a mileage reimbursement to employees who cycle to work.
Over 1.3 million employees receive luncheon vouchers in Belgium. In an attempt modernize the benefit, the paper based vouchers have been fully replaced with an electronic pass.
Employee engagement. It’s a buzzword that conjures up a multitude of different things for employers all over the world. To some, employee engagement is something fluffy, even intangible — at best an HR “nice to have.” To others, employee engagement is fundamental to their business culture and working environment. But what really is employee engagement, and what are its benefits to global employers?
Welcome back to Global Glance. This week we look at Starbucks’ China expansion and its appealing new perks; how the Ebola outbreak was declared over and resurfaced the next day; and income inequality in China and the US.
The position on bonuses - in particular whether they are payable during an employee’s notice period prior to termination - is often a source of confusion. The position has been clarified by the Ontario Court in the case of Paquette v TeraGo Networks Inc.
China has replaced its one-child-per-family restriction (which has been in operation for about 30 years) with a two-child policy, which impacts current labor laws applying to maternity rights.
In April 2015, the UK introduced shared parental leave so that working parents could share leave and pay entitlements. Authorities have now announced that they intend for these entitlements to apply to working grandparents.