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CHAPTER 4: Global employment law, industrial relations and international ethics. Learning objectives (chapter 4). List and describe the activities of international organizations that affect labor standards. List and describe the goals of the various international trade agreements.

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learning objectives chapter 4
Learning objectives (chapter 4)
  • List and describe the activities of international organizations that affect labor standards.
  • List and describe the goals of the various international trade agreements.
  • Describe how EU directives impact IHRM.
  • Identify sources of international laws that affect an organization’s international operations and IHRM.
  • Compare employment laws and regulations in various countries and analyze their effects on IHRM.
  • Identify the major issues impacting HR with regard to immigration/visas, data protection, anti-discrimination and harassment, termination and reduction in force, and intellectual property.
  • Integrate existing labor and employment laws and regulations, ethical standards, and other rules into IHRM policies and practices.
  • Describe the nature of employee and labor relations in different national contexts.
  • Describe the role of ethics, CSR and corporate governance in IHRM.
overview chapter 4
Overview chapter 4:
  • The institutional context of international business (IB)
  • The global legal and regulatory context of the MNE
  • International labor relations
  • The international framework of ethics
international organizations
International organizations
  • United Nations (UN)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF)
box 4 1 equivalent international employment standards
Box 4.1 Equivalent international employment standards
  • Freedom of association (i.e., the right to organize and to bargain collectively).
  • Equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination.
  • Prohibitions against child labor and forced (prison or slave) labor.
  • Basic principles concerning occupational safety and health.
  • Consultation with workers’ groups prior to carrying out substantial changes such as work force reductions and plant closures.
  • Grievance or dispute resolution procedures.Use of monitors (internal or external) to audit employment practices.
international trade organizations and agreements
International trade organizations and agreements
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Mercosur/Mercosul
  • Andean community
  • Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
  • European Union (EU)
commercial diplomacy
Commercial diplomacy
  • Trade negotiations
  • Policy decision-making
  • Government regulations
  • Legislation
  • Standards
  • Industrial subsidies
  • Corporate conduct
the mne legal environment
The MNE legal environment
  • Comply with the laws of the countries in which they operate
  • Comply with international standards and supra-national regulations
  • Comply with extra-territorial laws of their countries
comparative law
Comparative law
  • Immigration/visas
  • Data privacy/protection
  • Anti-discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Termination and reduction in workforce
  • Intellectual property
box 4 3 eu data protection principles
Box 4.3 EU data protection principles
  • Legitimacy
  • Proportionality
  • Finality
  • Notice
  • Accuracy and retention
  • Security
  • Access
international union membership
International union membership
  • Difficult to compare union membership data across countries
evolution of international labor relations and organizations
Evolution of international labor relations and organizations
  • World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
  • International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (IFCTU)
  • International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
  • World Confederation of Labour (WCL)
  • Global Union Federations (GUFs)
labor relations and the mne
Labor relations and the MNE
  • Approaches to labor/employee relations
  • Pressures
  • Evolution of labor relations
  • Considerations for MNE’s
  • Works councils
  • Co-determination
labor relations and the mne1
Labor relations and the MNE
  • Litigation risk in global labor relations
  • Development of a strategic global industrial relations policy
international ethics and culture
International ethics and culture
  • Human values
  • Ethical variances
  • Ethical relativism vs. absolutism
bribery and corruption
Bribery and corruption
  • The different faces of bribery
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Global codes of ethics
ethical dilemmas in international business
Ethical dilemmas in international business
  • Donaldson’s framework
  • Best practices related to international ethics
corporate social responsibility csr
Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Definition
  • Iron law of responsibility
  • CSR activities
  • Best practices
corporate governance
Corporate governance
  • Definition
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Definition
  • HR sustainability sweet spot
  • Sustainable management decisions
key terms
Key terms
  • ANDEAN community
  • APEC
  • Chapeau agreement
  • Conventions
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate governance
  • Cultural relativism
  • EU
  • Extra-territoriality
  • FCN treaty
  • FTAA
  • Foreign compulsion defense
  • GATT
  • Global Compact
  • Governance
  • ILO
  • Individual relativism
  • Mercosur/Mercosul
  • OECD
  • Presumption of non-extraterritoriality
  • Rule of law
  • Safe harbor
  • Transparency
  • Transposition
  • UN
  • Universalism
  • Visa
  • World Bank
  • WTO