Effective workplace policies, employment contracts and employee handbooks are important tools for multinational employers to establish expectations of the employment relationship, ensure compliance, and protect both the employee’s and employer’s interests.
For organizational, administrative and efficiency reasons, an international employer may prefer a global approach for policies, documents and procedures wherever it employs staff so that it can establish consistency across its business. However, creating a global approach for these tools - whether it be contracts, handbooks or policies - is challenging due to the differences between laws, regulations and cultural and social practices that exist across borders. Many countries have unique requirements that can make a one-size-fits-all approach impractical for multinational companies to be compliant with the local laws in each country in which it operates.
Drawing on experience advising multinational employers on policies related to leaves of absence, compensation, privacy issues, workplace diversity, and more, Matthew Howse and Nick Thomas, London-based labor and employment partners will discuss best practices for effectively implementing these workplace tools across multiple regions.