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    Executive pay: financial incentives damage long-term profits

    The more focus companies put on financial incentives for CEOs’ bonuses, the worse the firm’s commercial performance, according to a study of Europe’s top 600 firms. Research from Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium, found that high pay and incentives such as bonuses and share-related incentives was an effective way to boost firm’s profitability, but […] More

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    Brexit deal puts workers’ rights at risk, warns analysis

    David Frost, Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen and Michel Barnier at the Brexit talks in December. unreguser/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images The Brexit deal agreed between the UK government and European Union over Christmas ‘leaves workers’ rights and environmental protections at serious risk of erosion’ because rules for safeguarding the agreed level playing field for […] More

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    Brexit: how will it affect services firms with European interests?

    Shutterstock Amid the incredulity and consternation at the last-minute negotiations in Brussels over the UK’s departure from the EU, one sector seems to have been forgotten about: professional services. Adam McCulloch investigates how legal firms with interests in Europe could be affected. Professional and business services provided £225bn gross value added to the UK economy […] More

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    Considerations for Multinational Employers: COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps

    ​As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect workplaces throughout the world, employers are considering new ways to ensure a safe workplace when employees return to the office. Outside the U.S., employers must balance their duty of care to protect the health and safety of all their employees with the need to safeguard employees’ privacy and […] More

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    10 Pitfalls When Employing Staff in Germany

    ​German employment law is complex and subject to various statutory regulations that often are widely unknown to foreign companies planning to hire staff in Germany. As German employment law additionally is said to be largely “employee protection law,” it is important for U.S. companies to be familiar with some basic issues. 1. Written employment contract. […] More

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    Coronavirus employment measures across Europe

    Shutterstock As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments across Europe have implemented extraordinary measures to help employers and staff to deal with downturns in business, lockdowns and curfews, and workplace closures. XpertHR highlights some of the key measures put in place. Differing approaches to job retention (furlough) schemes While the UK has introduced a […] More

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    Ireland closes backdoor EU route for City law firms

    Dublin Photo: Shutterstock Lawyers based in England and Wales who have gained qualifications to practise in Ireland may no longer be allowed to ply their trade in the Republic and EU. Last month, a review by the Law Society of Ireland decided lawyers based in England and Wales would not be entitled to practising certificates […] More

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    Spain Adopts Decrees to Advance Gender Equality

    ​The Spanish government has adopted two complementary decrees intended to improve gender equality in the workplace. One of these decrees details requirements for employers to report compensation by gender across their workforces, and the other specifies rules for companies that must draw up negotiated equality plans. The Equality Plan Decree (Royal Decree 901/2020) and Equal […] More

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    How will employers fare under the new immigration system?

    EQRoy / Shutterstock The UK’s new points-based immigration system opens for visa applications today (1 December 2020). Will the system make it easier or harder for employers to have access to skilled personnel? In a significant shift from the past, the new system will apply to European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals in the […] More

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    Risk of foreign investors being deterred by new immigration rules

    Photo: Shutterstock (posed by model) According to immigration specialist Yash Dubal, who advises foreign businesses that wish to set up satellite offices in the UK, new visa rules coming into operation from 1 January 2021 could lead to considerable confusion. Dubal, director at AY&J Solicitors. added that the government had also muddled its messaging by […] More

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    Proceed with Caution When Remotely Monitoring Employees in the EU

    ​One effect of COVID-19 has been a sharp increase in businesses’ use of remote surveillance solutions to protect corporate resources and monitor the productivity and behavior of employees working away from the office for the foreseeable future. Although such tools can provide valuable performance insights and mitigate data loss and other risks, they can also significantly increase a business’s legal risk. […] More

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    Netherlands: Can an Employee Hide and Seek a Notice Payment?

    The Central Netherlands District Court recently held that failure to turn up at work and to contact an employer about the absence justifies summary dismissal. Background The employee had been employed for a fixed period as an online store worker since Nov. 1, 2018. His second employment contract ended on Feb. 28, 2020. Since he […] More

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