National Regulatory Trends in Human Resources Law


Oksana Voynarovska

Partner, Attorney-at-Law

Labour and Employment,
Private Client and Wealth Management



  1. Introduction
  2. Methodology
  3. Trends and developments
    1. Dismissal and retirement issues and employment disputes
    2. Corruption and whistleblowing
    3. Temporary and contract work arrangements
    4. Flexible working
    5. Family-friendly policies
    6. 3.6 Absenteeism due to stress and mental health issues
    7. Data protection, privacy and human rights
    8. Discrimination in the workplace
    9. Diversity
    10. Code of conduct/behavior in the workplace
    11. Technology and artificial intelligence
    12. Unions, collective bargaining, and industrial action
    13. Executive remuneration and banking reform
    14. Gender pay gap/equal pay for equal work
    15. Immigration and talent issues
    16. Impact of recent political and world events
    17. Global leadership issues
    18. Covid-19
  4. Conclusions
  5. About the IBA and GEI

Schedule 1: Countries and Lawyers

Schedule 2: Questionnaire

  1. Introduction

The Annual Global Report (AGR) is an annual report prepared by the IBA Global Employment Institute (GEI) highlighting specific general international trends in human resources law. This is the ninth AGR and is based on responses from lawyers in 50 countries. The methodology that was used is described in section 2. The ninth AGR covers trends in human resources law during the calendar year 2019 and, in some cases, the beginning of 2020. Each AGR builds on the historical perspective of previous editions. This may prompt changes to the topics covered in future editions of the AGR.

As this year the entire world encountered unprecedented challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have dedicated an independent section of this report to the impact the pandemic had on workplaces around the globe. This section discusses both government-led initiatives as well as reactions by employers themselves to mitigate effects on health and safety at the workplace and in societies as a whole.

Please note that it is not the intention or purpose of the AGR to set out the law on any particular topic, but rather its aim is to highlight changes and trends. Any reference to a particular law is not intended to be a description or summary of that law and should not be relied on as a statement of the law or treated as legal advice. Readers should seek appropriate legal advice before taking any action.


Read the full report here

Published: The IBA Global Employment Institute, Ninth Annual Global Report, August 2021

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