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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 ...

With dynamic soaring towers, elaborate bright lights, and heart warming traditional customs, Hong Kong’s enigmatic economic and business climate serves as a financial capital for all industries, companies, and firms. Indeed, Hong Kong is a pivotal financial center of Greater Asia! As a former British colony, Hong Kong truly embodies the best of the East and the best of the West.

The Employment Ordinance (EO)

Prior to the transfer of sovereignty of ...

The United Kingdom (“UK”), comprised of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, has a population of over 62 million people, is culturally diverse and remains one of leading financial and service centers of the world. It is often considered the entry way to the rest of Europe and is a major international trading power. For these reasons, many companies decide to do business in the UK. This article will provide a brief overview of some of the basic ...

France, the largest country in Western Europe, with a population of approximately 64 million people, and which borders eight different countries plays an integral role in Europe and the worldwide market. Given its central geographic location, highly developed infrastructure and qualified workforce, many companies around the world have chosen to do business in France. However, it is imperative that companies who are already doing business in ...

Year after year, Singapore is one of the most prime and thriving economy’s in Greater Asia. Given its centrally situated geographic location, Singapore possesses a competitive economy for investments, as well as numerous business opportunities for a vast variety of service industries. If your company is considering doing business in Singapore, an understanding of the Singapore’s employment and labor laws are essential.

In Singapore, the ...

Since its declaration of independence in 1991, which precipitated the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Croatia has had a difficult path transitioning to a market economy. Now, Croatia is set to become the newest member of the European Union in July 2013, provided its accession treaty is ratified by the other 27 member countries. As part of Yugoslavia prior to 1991, about three-quarters of Croatia’s labor force was employed in the public sector, largely ...

Ukraine, which has been independent from the Soviet Union since 1991, is the second largest contiguous country in Europe. Since 1991, Ukraine has been transitioning to a market economy, although progress has been slow, and was further delayed by the global recession in 2008. Nevertheless, Ukraine is an important consumer and supplier in the global market, and is strategically located in eastern Europe, bordering the Russian Federation, Belarus ...

This is the sixth article in a series about Central and East European employment law issues.

Since 1990, Poland has been steadily transitioning to a liberalized economy, and although progress has been rocky at times, Poland stands out as a bright spot among its fellow transitional economies. Poland still struggles with rigid labor and employment laws, low-level corruption, and creaky infrastructure, but boasts an educated workforce, and according ...

In the face of a growing economic crisis, a 23% unemployment rate and an unemployment rate of 50% affecting the youth, the Spanish Parliament recently passed drastic reforms relevant to Spanish labor law known as Royal Decree Law 3/2012 (“Spanish Labor Reforms”). The enactment of these reforms will make it easier and cheaper for employers to lay off workers, will provide incentives for employers to hire younger workers, and is expected to increase ...

South Africa, a country with over 50 million people, has the largest economy in Africa. Among its major sources of business are tourism, agriculture and mineral resources. Many U. S. and multi-national companies have locations in South Africa. This article will provide some basic information about employment law in South Africa for companies who already employ workers in South Africa or who are considering hiring employees in that country.


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