The Global Employer Handbook

The ELA Global Employer Handbook is a free, online resource that provides ELA clients and subscribers with practical, concrete and up-to-date information on the most important labor and employment laws in more than 135 countries around the world, including all 50 U.S. states and every Canadian province.

Registered users have immediate access to critical laws and regulations to help ensure their company's legal compliance in areas such as:

  • Hiring, disciplining and terminating employees
  • Vacation, sick, family and medical leavesLayoffs, workforce redundancies, reductions in force and severance pay
  • Required legal postings
  • Workplace privacy, surveillance and monitoring
  • Labor and trade unions, works councils, union organizing and collective bargaining
  • Employment applications, references and background investigations
  • Employee relocation and global transfers
  • Wages, hours, overtime, compensation and benefits
  • Worker’s compensation, employee injuries and health and safety
  • Unfair competition, covenants not to compete and trade secret protection
  • Maintaining personnel records
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Lie detector and fingerprint testing

Register here for access to this free resource.

In addition to full access to ELA’s Global Employer Handbook, registered website users now have complementary, time-limited access to GlobeSmart, an extensive online reference tool that provides practical, country-specific information and advice on building relationships, communicating effectively, handling customer concerns, negotiating, managing meetings, and obtaining vital information. Currently 66 countries are featured on the GlobeSmart website, with more being added.

After selecting a Region and a Country in the Global Employer Handbook, a link will appear if that jurisdiction is included in GlobeSmart. You will have instant access not only to the prevailing labor and employment laws and statutes in every ELA member jurisdiction but, by clicking the GlobeSmart link, you also can access a wealth of information about doing business in that jurisdiction – and you can do so on-line, in a printed report, or via your mobile device. For information on obtaining a license to GlobeSmart for your organization, please contact

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