Squire Patton Boggs has today launched a new, updated version of its award-winning customisable employment law tool, Global Edge. The tool provides clear, reliable, up-to-date answers on key employment law topics around the world and maps out future legislative change. It is one of a suite of products and services developed by the firm’s Labour & Employment team, designed to provide in-house lawyers and HR professionals at multinational organisations with tailored, bespoke employment law information, without incurring the time and cost of instructing counsel abroad.
Global Edge now includes a number of new features, enabling users to tailor information and create bespoke reports. New features include “At a Glance”, which allows users to create multi-country high-level summary charts of key employment law issues; an interactive horizon map, enabling users to tailor reports by need for action or implementation date; and dedicated country pages where summaries, horizons, webinars, podcasts and useful links are located in one place for easy, comprehensive access.
Originally launched five years ago, Global Edge was quickly embraced by clients and businesses seeking cross-border employment law information, with almost 100 global corporate users in its first year. It achieved a number of industry accolades, including recognition in the FT Innovative Lawyers North America Report, and it led to the firm winning Legal Technology Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards and Best Use of Technology at the Middle East Legal Awards.
One of a number of products launched by the firm’s Labour & Employment team, the relaunch of Global Edge follows the launch of an app, “SPB: Actualité en Droit Social”, earlier in the year, which is designed to help businesses keep up to date with developments in French employment law. It will shortly launch a Global Employer’s Policy Playbook, which will help companies plan their strategic HR agenda by providing details of compulsory, recommended and “gold standard” policies and practices at both individual country and global policy level.
Caroline Noblet, leader of the firm’s Labour & Employment Practice, comments, “In developing our employment law products, our goal has always been to provide businesses with accessible, tailored, up-to-the-moment information to help them make informed decisions quickly, saving time and reducing legal costs.
“However, in these times, businesses are not only grappling with keeping up to date with COVID-19-related regulations and forthcoming legislative changes, but also adapting to the shifting business climate, where issues around the Environmental, Social and Governance agenda, for example, are having an impact on strategic HR planning. The ability to look ahead, anticipate and plan for what is coming is invaluable.”