How to say ‘You’re fired’ in 7 languages

Little consistency when it comes to global termination provisions
By George Waggott
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2010

Do you know what employment “at-will” means? Are you aware some European countries make it virtually impossible to terminate someone unless a company can prove there has been serious employee misconduct? Are you familiar with the labour laws of major emerging economies?

The laws pertaining to dismissal and severance can vary greatly from country to country. It’s important for HR professionals to understand these differences — you may have to discuss termination with colleagues in other countries (if your company is multinational) or assist newly arrived foreign employees unfamiliar with domestic policies and applicable laws.

The following is a summary of the laws of dismissal and severance in some of the world’s largest economies.