Global Employment Institute projects

GEI Annual Global Report - sixth, October 2017

The Annual Global Report (AGR) is an annual report prepared by the IBA Global Employment Institute (GEI) highlighting certain general international trends in human resources law. This is the Sixth AGR and is based on responses from lawyers from 40 countries.

The Sixth AGR covers trends in human resources law during the calendar year 2016 (although for some countries a number of new developments taking place at the beginning of 2017.

Code of Conduct Report, July 2017

A new report from the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI) details the findings of a survey aimed at understanding the prevalence, purpose, application, jurisdiction, legal effect, enforceability and efficacy of multinational companies’ codes of conduct. The Code of Conduct Report can be downloaded without charge here.

Carried out during 2016, the survey of 36 multinationals found that 90 per cent attested to having a code of conduct in place, with the majority in effect for more than ten years and four in existence, in various forms, for more than 25 years. Of the surveyed companies – from a broad range of industries including automotive, legal, mining, financial and insurance – almost 50 per cent had adopted the practice of incorporating the code as part of the employment contract, with 96 per cent citing a ‘desire to foster a culture of integrity and ethical corporate behaviour across their organisations’. On the question of whether codes of conduct influence the behaviour of employees, respondents were unanimous in their belief that they do.

Climate Change and Human Resources Policies Report, June 2017

Swift and effective action is needed to create new, sustainable economic models to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on the world’s working population, states a report published by the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI).

Titled Climate Change and Human Resources Policies Report, the 38-page analysis focuses on the relationship between climate change and employment, and aims to contribute to nascent discussions anticipating structural changes to business and the training needs of workforces transitioning to low-carbon economies. The report also highlights potential issues in relation to employment policies, labour law, ‘weak’ jobs, ‘expanding’ jobs and new jobs. Further, it draws attention to what some countries are doing to help their nations’ employees adjust to industrial change, and how trade unions, employers and educators are working together to deliver green skills training.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Their Impact on the Workplace, April 2017

The present wave of automation, driven by artificial intelligence (AI) – the development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence – is creating a gap between current legislation and new laws necessary for an emerging workplace reality, states a report published in April 2017 by the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI).

Gerlind Wisskirchen, IBA GEI Vice Chair for Multinationals and coordinator of the report, commented: ‘Certainly, technological revolution is not new, but in past times it has been gradual. What is new about the present revolution is the alacrity with which change is occurring, and the broadness of impact being brought about by AI and robotics. Jobs at all levels in society presently undertaken by humans are at risk of being reassigned to robots or AI, and the legislation once in place to protect the rights of human workers may be no longer fit for purpose, in some cases.’

The Fifth IBA GEI Annual Global Report, September 2016

National Regulatory Trends in Human Resources Law - September 2016

The report, which is coordinated by Keith Corkan and Todd A Solomon, covers important trends and developments in employment, discrimination and immigration law during the past year and its conclusions will be compared to those reached in last year’s Annual Global Report.

Global Relocation Treaty, 2015

Global Relocation Treaty on Highly Skilled Migration and Intra-Corporate Transfers - Version 1, November 2015

The GEI is delighted to announce that it has completed the first version of the Global Relocation Treaty on highly skilled migration and intra-corporate transfers. The goals of this treaty are: (a) to establish the entitlement of business entities located within the territory of the contracting parties to relocate their experts among the contracting parties; and (b) to establish principles and guidelines for the relocation of the experts acting on behalf of or under the sponsorship of such business entities. This project is financed by the IBA Eligible Fund.

Disability report, 2015

Disability report, 2015

The IBA's Disability Rights Working Group is pleased to present this report to the Global Employment Institute, reflecting the results of the Working Group’s survey of law firms and global employers on issues concerning the accommodation of disabled employees in the workplace.

Social media and technology at work (the 'Employee privacy report') September 2015

Employee privacy report, September 2015

The IBA GEI report on social media and technology at work: use and abuse of communication and monitoring technology
(employee privacy report) – Sept 2015

The Fourth IBA GEI Annual Global Report, July 2015
 
This report highlights certain general international trends in human resources law during the 2014 calendar year and is based on responses from lawyers from 53 countries to questions relating to employment, industrial relations, discrimination and immigration law.
The Third IBA GEI Annual Global Report, September 2014

National Regulatory Trends in Human Resources Law - September 2014

This report, which is based on responses from lawyers from 43 countries, highlights important trends and developments in employment, discrimination and immigration law during the 2013 calendar year, as well as certain developments that took place in early 2014.

The 'Age Report', August 2014

Age Report, August 2014

The GEI is delighted to announce that it has completed its 2014 Age Report. At the beginning of the 21st century, we are witnessing major changes in the way employees coexist and interact inside organisations. This change is very much influenced by the technology and communications revolution, the arrival of young and skilled employees into the workforce, longer life expectancies, the elimination of mandatory retirement ages, and the emergence of new methods of communication in the workplace. This report addresses the topic of age from a global legal perspective and attempts to identify the socio-demographic characteristics and relevant issues arising in different regions.

June 2014 update to the IBA GEI Report on Social Media of September 2013

In 2013, the GEI completed the Report on Social Media ('Net Report') which focused on the impact of social networks on HR practices at company level and on HR law.

The update of June 2014 follows on from that Report and raises some of the possible key issues to consider, which were not fully reflected in the Net Report, and which may serve to paint a fuller picture of the phenomenon which is Social Media as it exist in the workplace. (include link to update).

Please send any comments relating to the report to Committee Chair Salvador del Rey

The Second IBA GEI Annual Global Report, September 2013 

National Regulatory Trends on Human Resources Law

Please send any comments relating to the report to Committee Chair Salvador del Rey

 

The First IBA GEI Annual Global Report, August 2012

National Regulatory Trends on Human Resources Law

 

The IBA GEI ‘Balancing Report’, March 2012

Strategic Trends in National Laws and Multinationals’ Policies on Work-Life Balance and the Implications for Human Resources Law

 

The IBA GEI 10/20 Survey, December 2010

Looking to the Key Human Resources Legal Issues of the Next Decade

The IBA GEI undertook a survey of multinational companies to identify and analyse the impact of key issues that will significantly affect the management and human capital functions within multinationals in the next decade.