nternational law firm Eversheds has today launched a global, interactive employment law guide available via a downloadable application (app) available for use on the iPhone, BlackBerry, and via the internet.

The app provides answers to commonly asked questions on employment law issues, covering over 25 countries and four continents including France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, the USA and the UK. It is also available online for use on regular desktops or laptops with an internet connection.

The app provides easily accessible information in a Question and Answer format on issues surrounding the life-cycle of an employment contract, from engaging an employee and the employment contract itself, right through to termination of a contract.

The app also includes information on;
•Key employment terms and conditions; minimum wage, probationary period, holiday entitlement and working time.
•Family friendly rights; maternity, paternity, and adoption leave and pay, flexible work and time off for dependants.
•TUPE; information and consultation requirements, employees ability to object, and penalties for not following the correct procedure.
•Restrictive covenants; non-solicitation, non-competition and non-dealing.
•Atypical employment contracts; part-time contracts, fixed-term contracts and zero-hours contracts.

Martin Warren, Partner and Head of Eversheds’ HR Group comments:
“The business world is increasingly operating across multiple jurisdictions and geographical boundaries. Launching this app today, we hope that we will be able to help HR professionals in resolving what are in our experience, the most commonly asked employment queries.

“As a firm we are continually looking at how we can work to develop a seamless international service and in launching this app, we anticipate that we will save businesses both time and money.”