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Updating Your Global Employment Policies for 2018

By February 23, 2018No Comments
Updating Your Global Employment Policies for 2018

Over the last several decades, areas like Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia have made substantial reforms to labor and employment law. Many countries continue to update their employment policies, social insurance systems, and regulations every year.

When your business spans several countries, it can be difficult to keep your employment policies up-to-date with the ever-changing regulatory environment. Here are some steps you should take when updating your company’s employment policies for 2018.

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1. Review Your Current Employment Policies

As businesses expand, employment policies need to change with them. It is crucial to regularly review your current employment policies and ensure they make sense for your company. Your current policies may be unwieldy or unworkable, or they may have worked well at different stages in your business lifecycle. Check your current policies and procedures at the end of every year to ensure that they make sense. Consider adjusting based on your company goals.

2. Implement New Legislation and Employment Policies

Labor laws can change frequently in the developing world as regulatory environments shift with the rapidly changing economy and labor market. Countries around the world continue to update labor laws, both at the state and central level. Regularly check for legislative changes in the countries you wish to employ workers. This helps ensure that your employment policies comply with current legislation and will remain compliant in the near future.

3. Check the Number of Your Employees

Labor laws typically have a threshold of employees after which the prescriptions of the law take effect. In the United States, for example, the Americans with Disabilities Act applies only to businesses with 15 or more employees. As your business grows at home and overseas, consider how the growth of your workforce changes your compliance needs.

4. Decide on Employment Policies and Regulations Enforcement

Even when there are no legislative changes within a country, enforcement decisions can change how you approach your employment policies. It is important to regularly check how new enforcement will affect your current policies. The European Court of Justice, for example, handed down two decisions on cases regarding Muslim women wearing headscarves in the workplace.

5. Update Your Disaster Preparedness Plans

The world has seen many dangerous natural disasters and devastating terrorist attacks in the last decade. These terrible tragedies reinforce the need for your business to have a disaster preparedness plan ready before disaster strikes. This a moral duty to care for your employees personal safety should the worst happen. This is more than just upholding your moral duty to protect employees; a disaster plan can help you keep your managers from making large legal or public relations mistakes if and when disaster strikes.

Consult with a Compliance Expert

Maintaining compliance is critical for a successful global expansion. If you’re in need of an employment policy overhaul, or even just a minor update, ensure that you’re meeting the demands in your countries of operations. Partnering with an in-country expert who knows the ins and outs of the legal landscape in your new country can be beneficial while you grow. Contact our team today to find out if your business on track.