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Learn about the most updated and relevant labor data available for countries all around the globe, to help your company with local legislation everywhere.

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With the latest Brexit decision, UK immigration rules are due to change for many expats and EU residence living in the UK. In addition, UK is the hub for many companies as a gateway to Europe, this might be changed as well after leaving the EU. Our database will be updated once official information becomes available. Another thing to keep in mind is the new pension regulations that were announced by the government, making compulsory pensions both for the employee and employer contributions as of 2014 to 2018 (depending on the amount of employees in the company).

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While Singapore used to be one of the easiest places to get an employment pass (EP) for expatriates, the immigration process got stricter in 2016. Some of the requests made will be rejected while many others will require an appeal process in order to get the approval. Make sure to start the process early in order to have enough time for it.

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Labor laws in China vary from one region to another. It is important to understand the law prior to singing a contract with an employee. The official language and documents will be in Chinese. Shanghai is the region with most benefits for expats, including no social security charges for expats, therefore it should be considered when relocating an employee. You should always keep in mind that China is very strict with work permits and tax issues, so make sure to avoid shadow payments or payments in Hong Kong.

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In Korea, the government created a solution that enables international companies to employ local employees without a local entity. In addition, there is an employee incentive which allows them to get 10% income tax discount for this kind of employment. This solution is suitable for companies seeking to employ local manpower and are in a process of incorporation in the country.

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Hong Kong is a major hub for trading and business in Asia. It is the ideal place for trading with local companies, sourcing and exporting goods and services to and from China. Hong Kong has a long tradition of international trade, business law, anti-corruption practices and currently rates the third largest financial center in the world (behind London and New York) making it the most attractive place to enter the Asian market place. There are many advantages to setting up your business and working in Hong Kong including its close proximity to China, its low and easy tax system, a world-class infrastructure, educated and skilled personnel, government support for SME’s particularly in the field of hi-tech and IP protection, and the world's freest economy.

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Employment in the Netherlands should be considered after reviewing and understanding both the termination process and the mandatory employer contributions. The termination of an employment agreement in the Netherlands is fairly complicated and can involve a large severance package or a special approval by the court if the employee and employer cannot reach a mutual agreement. Make sure to always have a local legal council reviewing your employment agreements in advance.

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