Global HR

​Octavia Goredema, a Los Angeles-based author and career coach, provides tips to employers each year during Black History Month to equip them with the necessary tools to better support Black workers’ careers. But these organizations don’t always implement her suggestions. “It’s really frustrating when you see companies who just want to tick a box for
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​A U.K. Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) study last year estimated that 19 percent of employees in the United Kingdom were likely to face redundancy over the next 12 months. More recently, 41 percent of U.K. small and medium-sized employers confirmed their fears that they will be forced permanently to shut their doors. With
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently held a public hearing that enabled workplace experts to offer suggestions for ensuring that artificial intelligence (AI) doesn’t discriminate against job applicants. The session, “Navigating Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems: A New Civil Rights Frontier,” outlined the benefits and pitfalls of using AI in employment
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​Federal data shows that employee absences and job turnover decline when businesses provide child care. Yet onsite child care was the least frequently offered family-friendly perk in an assessment of 1,700 companies, according to a new report by research organization The Best Place for Working Parents in Fort Worth, Tex., and Southern Methodist University’s Center
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​A worker shortage in the United Kingdom has raised demand for foreign workers and, along with it, concerns about mistreatment—even modern slavery. In early 2022, Sara Thornton, the country’s anti-slavery commissioner at the time (the post has been unfilled since spring 2022), cited several exploitation risks facing migrant agricultural workers, including racism and discrimination by
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​On Jan. 10, the French prime minister presented the government’s proposal for the future of the public pension system. The part of the proposal that has gotten the most public attention is a gradual increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64. There is much more to the plan, however. Here are the significant points to note.  Measures for the Balance
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​Employee engagement has reached its lowest level since 2015, according to a new survey released by research firm Gallup. About 32 percent of the 67,000 full- and part-time employees surveyed were engaged in their work in 2022, while 18 percent were actively disengaged. Active disengagement has risen each year since 2020. The remaining respondents—50 percent—were
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​On Dec. 20, 2022, the German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) issued two important decisions on untaken paid leave with significant implications for all employers in Germany: First, the BAG ruled that paid annual leave entitlement is not subject to the statutory three-year limitation period if the employer does not effectively allow the employees to take their annual
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​Chris Cavallini is a believer in second chances. He’s had several of them. He was arrested 17 times before his 18th birthday for various criminal acts, including trespassing, possession of marijuana and assault with a dangerous weapon. When Cavallini was a high school senior, a Massachusetts judge gave him an ultimatum—serve seven months in jail,
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​Most employers know their workforce encompasses a wide range of different religions, and sometimes that results in unintended conflicts with the company’s anti-discrimination and social media policies. What should an employer do if employees say things that are offensive toward certain groups or religions? Frequently making offensive, unwelcome remarks about a person’s religious beliefs or
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​The role of works councils in negotiating with employers over the dismissal of employees varies widely throughout Europe, often depending on whether the termination is a collective dismissal or involves one individual. As global economic growth continues to slow, multinational employers should be aware of the extent of their obligation to communicate termination plans to
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​In December 2022, the U.K. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) marked its 10-year anniversary of helping make recruitment safer. The DBS processes and issues checks of job applicants’ criminal records, along with maintaining records of people who aren’t permitted to work with certain vulnerable groups. Since December 2012, the DBS has processed more than 52 million basic,
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​The 6-year-old girl didn’t understand why she had to rise in the middle of the night to travel to the Kabul airport and stand outside the gates for hours in a jostling, desperate crowd, only to be forced to return home again. She didn’t understand why her family was turned away from the airport two
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​HR professional and social scientist Lorne Epstein, SHRM-SCP, is surveying the impact of bias in organizations and what professionals are doing to reduce its effects to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), belonging, and ableism. His team is identifying organizational structures and solutions to share with the HR community so professionals like you can continue
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​The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a draft of its new Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP), outlining its priorities in tackling workplace discrimination over the next four years. The playbook, published in the Federal Register in January, indicates that the agency will be on the lookout for discrimination caused by artificial intelligence (AI)
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​The German Bundestag passed the German Whistleblower Protection Act on Dec. 16, 2022. After initially not being expected to be passed in 2022, the bill did make it onto the agenda of the last session day of the year at short notice and was passed in a version amended by the Legal Affairs Committee (Rechtsausschuss)
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