Expat Compensation Packages

The Challenge with Expatriate Compensation – Assessing Your Reward Strategy

For almost every operation, compensation, benefits, and rewards are critical in attracting, retaining, and motivating your talent. When optimized, reward strategies can become effective tools for thoughtful workplace engagement, both immediately and long into the future. As more multinational businesses are investing in new and promising markets beyond their own, the role of an international […]

Merger and acquisition rationale for seller

Anatomy of an M&A Transaction: A Sellers Guide

As the seller of a business in an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) transaction, it is important to ensure that all stages of the process are taken care of, including early preparations to deal completion and beyond. In order to successfully navigate the sale of your business, it is essential to understand what is required during […]

Attracting top talent in the COVID age

The international approach to employee handbooks

The global HR policies you outline play a fundamental role in the way your business operates. Ultimately, key documentation such as your employee handbook will, to some extent, dictate your employee relationships, working environment and culture. But when you have a workforce that’s dispersed across the globe, creating a standardised employee handbook becomes far more […]


Unlimited vacation time policy: how to maximise your benefit

Unlimited vacation was an initiative that landed with a boom when it was first mooted several years ago.  Employers that were bold embraced it, expecting to see a surge in satisfaction ratings from employees, in regard to their employee benefits; the actual results made interesting reading. As the title suggests, in essence, the concept is […]

UK Budget Update – Further Extension of CJRS

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has just revealed the 2021 Budget, and with it comes a vast amount of change and support for businesses. As more than 700,000 people have lost their jobs and with the UK economy shrinking by 10%, Sunak stated that he will do ‘whatever it takes’ during the pandemic to aid the UK […]

What m&a deals will happen in 2020

How Covid-19 Boosted M&A During a Troubled Global Economy?

During the pandemic crisis, as the global economy felt troubled, it may have seemed like the risks and uncertainty would dispel dealmakers from openly pursuing acquisitions. Navigating the strong headwinds of this year’s crisis has, for some, created opportunity to expand, develop and grow, where others have become cautionary tales of 2020. There have been […]

Attracting top talent in the COVID age

Attracting top talent in a post-COVID world

“We all know that work will never be the same, even if we don’t yet know all the ways in which it will be different.” – Stewart Butterfield, CEO and co-founder, Slack COVID-19 has had an enormous toll on the global workforce, and ultimately, it’s changed the business landscape forever. The candidate experience is now […]

Benchmarking Services

Benchmarking Services: Is your reward strategy aligned with the market?

Everyone wants to work in an environment where they feel valued, appreciated and like they’re making a difference. One fundamental way for businesses to achieve this is through their reward strategy, which covers the key benefits employees receive in their day-to-day. But how can businesses ensure what they’re providing is not only motivating their workforce […]

Expat vs Immigrant vs Migrant: What Are The Differences?

What, exactly, is an expat? And what are the differences between expats, immigrants and migrants?  The international community is hard to capture in a fixed term. It’s often just seen as semantics, or words that can be used interchangeably. But this language, especially in HR, is often loaded with purposeful definitions that helps distinguish the workforce from both misconception and […]

employment-based immigration

Employment-based immigration for the UK: What you need to know post-Brexit

Free travel between the UK and Europe ended on 31st December 2020, introducing a range of new systems and requirements for employment-based immigration. Employers now looking to hire from outside the UK (excluding Irish citizens) are required to obtain permission beforehand via various routes. As Brexit has been and will continue to be a significant […]

financial wellness

Evolving employee benefits: Financial wellness, what is it and why should you care?

In the past, when employers considered financial wellness, they were examining the overall financial health of their business. But this terminology is quickly changing, as in most cases, it’s now being used to reference the sense of security employees have regarding the amount of money they have to meet their needs. Over the last few […]

Covid-19 – Italy Legislative Update – January 2021

Covid-19 – Italy Legislative Update – January 2021  Law no. 178 of 30 December 2020. State budget for the financial year 2021 and multi-annual budget for the three-year period 2021-2023.  The 2021 Budget Law (Law no. 178/2020), which came into force on 1 January 2021, has extended the current ban on dismissals until 31 March 20212.  The […]

Global team communications

Global Team Communication – Challenges & Solutions

Transcending boundaries of all kinds, the modern and global workforce is nothing if accustomed to unfamiliar, foreign markets. As firms invest in foreign markets, global expansion tends to encourage team diversity and a greater depth of skill and expertise. Yet, for all its perks, managing an international team is not without its challenges. As companies […]

employee benefits

Optimising employee benefits in a global business

When fostering an engaging work environment, paying employees well is important but not always enough. Many workers have begun to expect enrichment within their personal lives in the form of comprehensive benefits schemes.  In particular, for global employers or those looking to embark on an international expansion, ensuring an attractive benefits package in line with […]

Global Employment

Global Employment: Your Passport to Working Compliantly Overseas

When undertaking a global expansion, you need to consider a wide array of logistical factors – but few are as important as ensuring compliance with the varying workplace regulations. As each country poses different challenges, we’ve compiled a checklist that will cover the fundamentals, aiding you when navigating your expansion. 1. Employment Legislation Those looking […]


The National Covid Health & Safety Protocol – October 2020 – France

The “National Protocol to ensure the health and safety of employees in respect of the Covid-19 epidemic”, has been updated on October 29, 2020, to reflect the latest Governmental decisions and to prepare for another lockdown. In summary, this project includes the following measures: Teleworking: all companies are encouraged to adopt a 100% teleworking protocol, […]

Remote Working or Teleworking Regulations in the time of Covid

Remote Working or Teleworking Regulations in the time of Covid

As we head into the latter end of 2020, the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic continues to rear its head as various countries are battling increasing infection rates. Many employers and employees have now somewhat adjusted to remote working, or otherwise known as teleworking, as the ‘new normal’. Remote working which is also known as […]

Extension of JobKeeper Payments

Support in the time of Covid 19: Australia – Extension of JobKeeper Payments

In our last blog, we had mentioned the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in the UK to 31 March 2021. We now move onto Australia and the extension of the JobKeeper payments beyond 28September 2020. The Australian Federal government has updated provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 which was recently passed […]

Extension of CJRS – Going full circle?

As we are near the end of 2020, COVID 19 is still making its effects felt with many countries, including the UK which is battling a second wave of the pandemic. Whilst a vaccine may be on the horizon, many governments have extended various schemes to retain jobs and support businesses. In the UK, it […]

overseas employees

How To Hire Overseas Employees + Checklist

Establishing your business in another country can be a complex affair. Each geography is unique when it comes to laws, regulation and best practice hiring processes, with each country posing completely different risks and challenges. Our checklist will help you navigate through expansion challenges as quickly and easily as possible and help you hire employees […]


Brexit: Are You Really Prepared?

The UK’s departure from historic trade partner, the European Union (EU), will affect not only business arrangements in the UK, but will likely reshape the responsibility of an employer of EU nationals. Yet, as the press has demonstrated, there appears no exact outcome as uncertainty looms over the terms of a European exit for Britain. […]

remote working

Keeping team spirit alive whilst remote working during COVID-19

Let’s face it, every facet of our lives has changed as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Countries and cities across the world are constantly at different stages with strategies and restrictions to keep their populations safe.  International HR management recognise that remote working will be a way of life for the foreseeable future […]

How we’re supporting businesses in an ever-changing world

International HR is complicated at the best of times, with legislation, market practice and employee expectations sometimes varying significantly from country-to-country. The COVID-19 pandemic has only enhanced these complications, with legislation being hastily introduced and a vast amount of new engagement challenges arising from extended remote working. However, our IRIS HR Consulting service has been […]

employee relationships

How to improve employer-employee relationships during an international expansion

Without a doubt, the way in which managers and HR interact with staff can have an immense impact on your workplace culture. When planning for an international expansion, you need to place added focus on ensuring positive employee relationships as it forms the cornerstone of maintaining a productive and engaged workforce.  But how can you […]

how to recruit globally

How to recruit globally?

The COVID-19 pandemic has, in essence, made the world smaller, as more people than ever are now utilising technology to work and communicate remotely. This newfound reliance on technology, virtual meetings and cloud-based processes is fantastic news for businesses looking to expand internationally. You now have a better opportunity to hire international employees and access […]

role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions

What is the role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions?

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are defined as the combination of companies, and while they can be a great way to grow and expand, they’re not always smooth transitions.  Often, an area that is frequently overlooked but can cause a huge amount of friction is the people within the business. Factors such as culture and leadership […]