Successfully navigating the complex and dynamic international employment landscape is more challenging than ever in today’s global marketplace. Our new guide, “Mapping the Trends: The Global Employer Update 2017,” provides succinct updates on major employment law developments across 39 jurisdictions to help guide our clients in the year ahead. After all, local realities impact global strategies.
Top Trends to Follow
Across all 39 jurisdictions, the impact of politics is the standout trend, shaped by the rise of populist movements and a backlash against globalization. From Brexit to the Trump administration’s agenda and that of the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, to the upcoming French and German elections, this trend is felt widely. Global employers need to focus on contingency planning to chart a steady course through changing times.
The clash between the traditional employment relationship and technological advances is evident across jurisdictions. While some continue to legislate around traditional fixed-term contracts, others are struggling to find a balance when it comes to outsourcing. The quest for a flexible workforce is now taking a modern form in the “gig” economy, with some employers even considering the ultimate flexible workforce—one powered by artificial intelligence.
From new equal pay laws and gender pay reporting requirements in the U.S., Denmark and the UK, to the debate over gender parity at board level and enhanced protections for female employees and parents in countries such as Japan, Columbia, India, UAE and Poland, efforts to advance equality, diversity, and inclusion remain a top trend. At the same time, religious dress and dress codes are still hot topics in the 21th century workplace.
We encourage you to explore our guide to learn more about how these trends are playing out across the 39 jurisdictions covered in this edition. To discuss any of these updates and how they may impact your company, please contact me or another member of our International Employment practice.
With special thanks to the many local counsel for their invaluable contributions to this survey.