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County Profiles - Starting Points
Select "County Analysis" database from the list of EIU websites on the left hand side (you may need to expand this list). Each profile has a "Regulation" tab, which includes a "Human Resources" section. This is where you will find information on the country's labor force, labor law, wage and hour laws, termination laws, and employment-of-foreigners laws. Reports can be downloaded in pdf format. Restricted to RU affiliates.
Bloomberg BNA International HR Decison Support Network
Country Primers (over 56) outline labor force and human resources information needed by HR and labor relations practitioners. This includes labor force data, summaries of laws on benefits, discrimination, compensation, employment contracts, labor relations, right to strike, termination, safety and health. Links to relevant country web sites, plus outside material from the U.S. government and the OECD are useful.
Produced by Michigan State University and partially funded by a U.S. Dept. of Education grant, globalEDGE aims to be "a comprehensive research tool for academics, students and businesspeople". It's many-faceted resources include country profiles that include business culture and etiquette (from Executive Planet) and a list of the country's top corporations.
U.S. DOL Foreign Labor Trends
Unfortunately, this series is no longer funded. Online titles available for the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and India. Older titles are available in print format (see Library Catalog) and though dated might be useful.
The World Factbook (CIA)
These profiles of foreign countries will not tell you about their employment relations, but they will give you background on geography, economics, people and society, and "transnational issues", i.e., problems with other countries, which are often labor-related.
U.S. State Department
See "Countries & Regions" for reports on countries, including "Background Notes". No labor relations information here; basics on government, economy, history, people.
International & Comparative Labor Movements: Web Resources
Doing Business (World Bank)
Doing Business publishes research about 183 economies. Among these are papers about worker employment, labor regulations, employment protections, employment growth, employment contracts, employee/employer relations, labor markets, and more.
Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, is one of the first European Union bodies to be established to work in specialized areas of EU policy. Specifically, it was set up to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.
EUROPA-The Official Website of the European Union
The official website of the European Union. EUROPA includes information about European Union employment policy, publications with articles on the subjects of labor and employment, and statistics concerning labor and employment.
International Labor Communications Association (ILCA)
ILCA is the professional organization for labor journalists & communicators in North America.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
The main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues. This is a huge web site, offering databases, reports, statistics, and other resources in the areas of decent work, employment, working women, occupational health, and more.
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
The ITUC is the main international trade union organization. It was founded in 2006, and groups together the former affiliates of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the World Confederation of Labour (WCL), along with trade union organisations which had no global affiliation. The web site offers news and on worldwide workers issues such as child labor, migration, domestic workers, and climate change.
Labour Force Surveys (ILO)
Surveys of work-related statistics from individual countries. Surveys vary, according to what data is collected by each country.
OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD brings together governments to: support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards, maintain financial stability, assist other countries' economic development, and contribute to growth in world trade. The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice, and coordinate domestic and international policies.
World Federation of Trade Unions
The World Federation of Trade Unions website provides an overview of issues affecting trade unions in the world.
The on-line catalogue of the Documentation Centre of the European Trade Union Institute - ETUI. Labourline contains more than 52,000 references in both printed and electronic format related to the world of labour, in particular industrial relations, socio-economic issues, trade unionism and occupational health and safety.
European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
an international non profit-making Association.
It has three main objectives: (1) conducting research, producing studies and monitoring European issues of strategic importance for the world of labour; (2) promoting education and training activities, that strengthen a European Trade Union identity; (3) providing technical support in the field of occupational health, safety.
Information on the national background to industrial relations and statutory corporate worker decision-making in each of the 27 EU member states.
Employing Workers (World Bank)
Part of the "Doing Business" web site, this data set is "a summary of the regulation of employment in this economy, specifically as it affects the hiring and redundancy of workers and the rigidity of working hours".