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Business Travel to Australia with a Criminal Background

May 18, 2015 23:48
by Cynthia J. Yarbrough
2015 marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Australia. In 1940, the two countries established diplomatic relations following the United Kingdom's recognition of Australia's domestic and external autonomy within the British Empire. The United States and Australia continue to maintain a robust partnership. Many US Businesses maintain a strong presence in Australia and sending key personnel into the country is a critical part of continued business operatio...

Australia | Criminal Background | Business Travel

Employment Law in Colombia : Part I

May 8, 2015 01:27
by Amanda K. Caldwell
This article will be the first in a series providing an introduction to employment law in Colombia.

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Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaties and Title VII

April 22, 2015 03:53
by Amber Elias
On April 15, 2015, former employee Steven Heldt sued Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. in United States District Court for the Northern District of California for discrimination. Tata is multinational corporation headquartered in Mumbai, India with 19 offices in the United States that provides consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. Heldt alleges that “approximately 95% of Tata’s United States workforce is of South Asian descent” as a result of Tata’s intentiona...

Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaties | Title VII

Taking Care of Employees Assigned Abroad

April 20, 2015 00:38
by Danielle Urban
So your company is expanding and, for the first time, and you’ll be sending key employees abroad to work in other markets. While the opportunities for expansion may appear limitless, so is your potential liability for failing to protect your employees from the myriad problems they may face while traveling on business. While some risks may appear obvious, such as the Ebola virus in West Africa, or kidnapping in Syria or fighting in Ukraine, there are other, less obvious risks such as an employee falling in the shower or suffering from a poisonous insect bite. In addition to personal safety risks, your employee could face border hassles or even detention for failing to have the proper travel documents, vaccinations or visas. As an employer, you have a legal and moral duty to protect employees from harm while traveling for business. A little advance planning can help you avoid or mitigate any emergencies that might occur.

Employee Assignments Abroad

Labor Contractors Can Make Dangerous Bedfellows: Part I

April 14, 2015 01:42
by Jaklyn Wrigley
According to many sources, there is a shortage of unskilled workers in the United States that is only projected to worsen, and employers nationwide are feeling the pinch. From hoteliers to seafood processors, manufacturers to contractors, employers are often finding it more and more difficult to fill open positions. As a result, many employers have turned to foreign workers. But, let’s face it – processing visa applications is complex and the penalties associated with the employment of unauthorized workers are too great. Looking for the easiest and most efficient solution, many employers have simply outsourced the hassle.

Independent Contractors | Labor contractors

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Italy’s Jobs Act Creates Significant Labor Reforms

April 10, 2015 05:59
by Amanda K. Caldwell
On February 20, 2015, Italy approved significant but controversial reforms to Article 18 of Italy’s Workers’ Statute of 1970 in an attempt to combat soaring unemployment, currently 42% among workers under the age of 29 and 12.8% overall, and facilitate growth in an otherwise stagnant economy. The reforms, referred to as the “Jobs Act” (“Jobs Act” or “reforms”) were implemented by several Legislative Decrees and based upon the guidelines provided by...

Italy | Job Act

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Indonesia Part II

April 8, 2015 03:41
by Robert Fallah
This article is the second in a series which will provide an introduction to employment law in Indonesia and will cover the basic laws applicable to terms of employment, specifically wage & hour law, medical leave, and termination of employment. Wage and Hour Maximum work hours may be either: A forty-hour work week of eight hour days over five working days; or A forty-hour work week of seven hour days over six working days. Indonesia uses a “Basic Salary” system instea...

Indonesia | Wage and Hour | Medical Leave | Termination of Employment

Employment Law in Indonesia: Part I

March 10, 2015 02:21
by Robert Fallah
Indonesia is a democratic republic with a population of approximately 240 million people scattered across the more than 17,000 islands which make up its 34 provinces. A former Dutch colony, Indonesia gained independence in 1945 and has since become a member of the G-20. Although still largely an agrarian economy, Indonesia is rapidly industrializing and diversifying into other spheres. This, combined with the country's large youth population has led to consistent economic growth of 6% per...

Employment Contracts | Employment Law | Indonesia

Employment Law in Switzerland: Part III

March 4, 2015 05:29
by Amanda K. Caldwell
This article is the third in a series which will provide an introduction to employment law in Switzerland and will cover the basic laws applicable to prohibitions against discrimination and harassment and the remedies available to employees who prevail in actions against their employers for violations of these laws. This article will also provide a brief overview of Swiss maternity leave laws. I. Discrimination and Harassment Pursuant to Swiss employment law, employers are generally prohibited...

Employment Law | Switzerland

DHS Extends Employment Authorization Documents For Certain Dependent Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders

February 24, 2015 08:07
by Cynthia J. Yarbrough
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants to apply for employment authorization.

H-1B | H-1B Visa | Immigration

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