Lawmakers, unions and employers increasingly recognize the need to help employees manage working time and leave time. We tell you how to promote employee health and work-life balance while mitigating employee-leave liabilities.
Canada recently expanded its parental leave policy to provide better work-life balance for families. We explain why the changes are controversial, and we give an overview of family leave benefits from around the world.
As Radius reported last fall, certain public and private sector employees in Sweden are trialing a six-hour workday. Those innovative employers that are trialing the six-hour workday recognize the significant potential of the practice. While there are potential disadvantages to a shortened workday — such as the possibility that the employer might need to recruit additional workers to make up for lost hours — there are also many long-term employer benefits of moving to such a schedule.
Achieving a balance in the area of family leave is critical for multinationals. HR leaders should ask themselves: How can we develop family friendly leave policies that comply with local labor laws and customs, and encourage a healthy work-life balance, all while ensuring that our growing business remains financially sustainable?
Countries around the world are grappling with change as work increasingly goes mobile. While workers in the US — particularly millennials — are clamoring for a more flexible workplace, the picture abroad is murkier, with some countries moving in the opposite direction. Companies that plan to send employees overseas need to be aware of the differences and prepare workers for organizations that view white-collar working hours in a very different light from their counterparts in the US.
In this week's Global Glance we look at the killing of a protected lion in Zimbabwe, Netflix’s new “unlimited” parental leave policy, and temporary work in the global precariat.
In an agreement announced between unions and employers, covered workers are now guaranteed 11 consecutive hours of uninterrupted time off — that is, time in which they can not only be out of the office but also free from the demands of work devices. Employers will be responsible for allowing employees to disconnect and for developing a means by which they can disconnect.
In this week's Global Glance we look at time off in France and worker productivity, tiny Hong Kong apartments and a US sports team’s trip to Cuba.
When expanding abroad, many HR executives trip over the mandatory paid time off requirements in other countries. That’s because the US doesn’t mandate paid time off, while every other advanced economy in the world does.