United States Section of the International Employment Law Guide

Deloitte Legal December 2020

Robert J. O’Hara, a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, authored the inaugural United States section of Deloitte Legal’s International Employment Law Guide.

Following is an excerpt:

The regulatory employment law landscape is rapidly changing and comes with an ever-increasing complexity, which makes it challenging for multinationals to manage compliance with the applicable rules. This guide contains summaries of the employment law rules regarding hiring and dismissing employees in 60+ countries, and analyzes them to discover the similarities and differences…

In the United States (US), there are no mandatory requirements for hiring as most employment is non-contractual or “at will.” The at-will employment doctrine provides flexibility to both employer and employee. Effectively, an employer is permitted to terminate an employee for good cause, bad cause, or no cause (with the exception of Montana requiring just cause to terminate an employee), provided it is not a discriminatory cause (such as terminating because of age, race, ethnicity, or gender) and not violating public policy in some fashion (such as retaliation for refusing to violate a law or statute).

Deloitte Legal’s International Employment Law Guide provides a breakdown of onboarding and offboarding rules and costs by country. At-a-glance graphs also compare the differences and similarities among the more than 60 countries included in the 2020 guide.

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