How to Implement a Cross-Border Human Resources Policy

In this era of internationally aligned business operations, multinational headquarters launch many different types of cross-border human resources policies. While drafting a cross-border human resources policy may be a challenge, legally implementing a global policy across multiple jurisdictions is an even bigger undertaking. Six legal issues should be considered when implementing a headquarters-driven HR policy locally. These issues include: repealing or aligning existing policies and work rules; creating one global policy, a “rest-of-the-world” version, or a local version; dual employers or cross-border policies on foreign affiliate entities only, consultation with a company’s own foreign management-side labor liaisons that discusses strategy and timing; foreign translation requirements; acknowledgement from all employees showing they have read the policy and are willing to comply or personal distribution of a new-cross border policies by HR staff.

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