The world is facing yet another year of unprecedented changes and complex challenges making uncertainty the new normal
In the Global Employer Magazine: 2019 Horizon Scanner we review the key themes and trends that dominated the employment law landscape in 2018 and explore the global trends and issues employers need to know about in 2019.
2018 was defined by change and 2019 will be no different. With no sign of regulation stagnation in the employment space global employers must navigate the highly charged, competitive landscape, compounded by the HR challenges presented by increasing regulation, disruptive technologies and an intergenerational workforce transforming the world of work.
Guenther Heckelmann, Global Chair, Employment & Compensation
Key trends for global employers in 2019
Media attention continued to intensify the global conversation about gender equality issues in 2018, with the gender pay gap and pay parity at the center of the discussion.
As the modern workforce and the gig economy continue their exponential growth, pressure is building on governments to explore new ways to provide adequate protection and rights for workers and certainty to employers.
There was significant activity in the data protection space in 2018, with the enactment of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25, 2018. While many companies viewed the May 25 deadline as the culmination of their monumental efforts towards achieving privacy compliance, in reality, this was only the beginning of their obligations for implementing mandatory organizational processes to protect personal data of individuals in the EU and beyond.
Digitization and the Right to Disconnect
The rapid development of smart phones, tablets and other devices, together with the near constant availability of internet connections is revolutionizing the way we work. Undoubtedly promulgated by millennials (the first “digital generation”) entering the workforce, employers are now developing and reinventing traditional working practices to adapt to the needs of this workforce and to keep up with demands of advancing technology.