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International/Global

Introduction

Summer 2010.

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International/Comparative Labor and HR

The International/Global Information links are designed to lead the researcher and practitioner to the most reliable and fundamental information sources available in matters related to Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR).

Keywords
international, global, intergovernmental organizations, countries, regions

Prepared by Stuart Basefsky

Country Background Info

CIA World Factbook

https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html

The Factbook is a comprehensive resource of facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities; includes maps.

Country & Regional Maps (Univ. of Texas)

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/country_sites.html

This page provides links to maps of continents, countries, territories, regions, oceans and seas. Most links are to maps on other web sites. You will be asked to click on a letter (alphabetical listing) to select a country, continent, region, ocean or sea.
DOC: Country Information (Trade Information Center, Department of Commerce)

http://web.ita.doc.gov/ticwebsite/tic.nsf/AF34FA880278BDD58525690D00656C6F/3B884AC0FF87831F85256926005340B3?OpenDocument

The Trade Information Center (TIC) is a comprehensive resource for information on all U.S. Federal Government export assistance programs.
DOS: Background Notes

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/

These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus.

DOS: Countries and Other Areas, Bureau of African Affairs (Supplement to Background Notes)

http://www.state.gov/p/af/ci/

Information about countries (including dependencies and areas of special sovereignty) under the Bureau of African Affairs is available through the clickable map below and links in the navigation bar, including:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Chad, Republic of the Congo, and more.

DOS: Countries and Other Areas, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Supplement to Background Notes)

http://www.state.gov/p/eap/ci/

Information about countries under the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs is available through the clickable map below and links in the navigation bar, including:  Australia, Brunei, China, Fiji, Japan, Laos, New Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam, and more.

DOS: Countries and Other Areas, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (Supplement to Background Notes)

http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/

Information about countries under the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs is available through the clickable map below and links in the navigation bar, including:  Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and more.

DOS: Countries and Other Areas, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (Supplement to Background Notes)

http://www.state.gov/p/nea/ci/

Information about countries under the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs is available through the clickable map below and links in the navigation bar, including:  Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria,Yemen, and more.

DOS: Countries and Other Areas, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (Supplement to Background Notes)

http://www.state.gov/p/sca/ci/

Information about countries under the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs is available through the clickable map below and links in the navigation bar, including:  Afghanistan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and more.

DOS: Countries and Other Areas, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (Supplement to Background Notes)

http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/

Information about countries under the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs is available through the clickable map below and links in the navigation bar, including:  Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and more.

DOS: Country Offices (and Regional Offices) Contacts

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/109002.pdf

Provides an alphabetical index of State Department Country Offices.

Country and Regional Desk Offices can be called for information,reference, and referral services on the country of your interest. The area code is 202 unless indicated otherwise.

Alphabetical index of State Department Country Offices.

LC: Country Profiles (Supplement to Country Studies)

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/profiles.html

This series of profiles of foreign nations is part of the Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program. The profiles offer brief, summarized information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security. In addition to being featured in the front matter of published Country Studies, they are now being prepared as stand-alone reference aides for all countries in the series, as well as for a number of additional countries of interest. The profiles offer reasonably current country information independent of the existence of a recently published Country Study and will be updated annually or more frequently as events warrant. Note: The month and year in which each profile was created or most recently updated appear after each country name.

LC: Country Studies (Library of Congress)

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

From the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, the Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.

Country Experts to Contact

DOS: Country Offices (and Regional Offices) Contacts

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/109002.pdf

Provides an alphabetical index of State Department Country Offices.

Country and Regional Desk Offices can be called for information,reference, and referral services on the country of your interest. The area code is 202 unless indicated otherwise.

Alphabetical index of State Department Country Offices.

EWCO: List of National Correspondents

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/ewco/network.htm

The network of national/EU correspondents provide regular news updates on working conditions throughout Europe, in addition to reports on national surveys and on particular topics.

Comparative/Specific Info

Developed Countries (Comparative)

OECD: Links to Macroeconomic Reports & Data

http://www.oecd.org/document/39/0,3343,en_2649_33733_41515815_1_1_1_1,00.html

External links to macroeconomic reports and data. The OECD does not necessarily endorse these sources and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
OECD: SourceOECD

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/3988241

Cornell University community only

SourceOECD is the online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. SourceOECD, when complete, will comprise 19 Studies by Themes, containing all our monographs and reports; 19 periodicals online; some reference titles online; and the OECD statistical databases online.

Developing Countries (Comparative)

Eldis - Gateway to Development Information

http://www.eldis.org/

Eldis is a gateway to information on development issues, providing free and easy access to wide range of high quality online resources.

Eldis: Africa South of the Sahara - Regional and Country Profiles

http://www.eldis.org/africa/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, regional and country focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources.

Eldis: Ageing Populations Resource Guide

http://www.eldis.org/ageing/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, subject-focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. 

Eldis: Corporate Social Responsibility Resource Guide

http://www.eldis.org/csr/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, subject-focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. 

Eldis: East Asia & Pacific - Regional and Country Profiles

http://www.eldis.org/eastasia/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, regional and country focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources.

Eldis: Gender Resource Guide

http://www.eldis.org/gender/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, subject-focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. 

Eldis: Globalisation Resource Guide

http://www.eldis.org/go/topics/resource-guides/globalisation

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, subject-focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. 

Eldis: Health Resource Guide

http://www.eldis.org/health/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, subject-focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. 

Eldis: Latin America & Caribbean - Regional and Country Profiles

http://www.eldis.org/latin/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, regional and country focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources.

Eldis: Middle East & North Africa - Regional and Country Profiles

http://www.eldis.org/meast/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, regional and country focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources.

Eldis: Poverty Resource Guide

http://www.eldis.org/poverty/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, subject-focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources. 

Eldis: Regional and Country Profiles

http://www.eldis.org/country/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, quick access to country resources.

Eldis: South Asia - Regional and Country Profiles

http://www.eldis.org/southasia/index.htm

From Eldis, Gateway to Development Information, regional and country focused guide offering quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources.

USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse

http://dec.usaid.gov/

USAID's Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) is the largest online resource for USAID funded technical and program documentation. Search their online database, download USAID documents in PDF format for free, and sign up for DEC Express, their bi-weekly e-publication that lists recently acquired documents.

Regional (Comparative)

EIRO - European Industrial Relations Observatory

http://www.eiro.eurofound.eu.int/

The European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) is a monitoring instrument offering news and analysis on European industrial relations. A project of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, EIRO began its operations in 1997. Its aim is to collect, analyze and disseminate high-quality and up-to-date information on key developments in industrial relations in Europe.  Among the most useful sections of this site is the Comparative Information.

EMCC - European Monitoring Centre on Change

http://www.emcc.eurofound.eu.int/

EMCC identifies, assesses and processes relevant information on the driving forces of change in the European economy, which can be searched by browsing the matrix or by topic, sector or country. EMCC is a division of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

EMCC: European Restructuring Monitor (ERM)

http://www.emcc.eurofound.eu.int/erm/

Part of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Restructuring Monitor is a tool designed to provide a quick overview of restructuring activities in Europe and their employment consequences. It provides information on individual restructuring cases and allows for the compilation of statistics comparing countries, sectors and types of restructuring. All information is based on the analysis of daily newspapers and the business press in the EU25 and the two acceding countries: Bulgaria and Romania.

Essential European Union Business web sites

http://www.eurunion.org/infores/bestbussites.htm

This is a compilation of the best business web sites for the European Union as provided by the Delegation of the European Commission to the USA and its library.
EuroFound: EurLIFE

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/areas/qualityoflife/eurlife/index.php

EurLife is an interactive database on living conditions and quality of life in Europe, offering data drawn from the European Foundation's own surveys and from other published sources.  The data provided deals with the objective living conditions and subjective well-being of European citizens. It covers the 25 current EU Member States and three candidate countries: Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.  Indicators are categorized into the following areas:  Health, Employment, Income deprivation, Education, Family, Social participation, Housing, Environment, Transport, Safety, Leisure, Life satisfaction.

EWCO - European Working Conditions Observatory

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/ewco/index.htm

Part of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. A good quality of working life together with the promotion of employment and entrepreneurship are central to the European Union's employment strategy and social policy agenda.The promotion of quality of work means:ensuring career and employment security; maintaining the health and well-being of workers; developing skills and competences; reconciling a work-life balance. The Foundation continues to build on its research in these broad areas as it develops the European Working Conditions Observatory.

EWCO: Annual Reviews of European Working Conditions

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/ewco/annualreports.htm

Annual reviews from the European Working Conditions Observatory examine four key dimensions in working conditions and quality of work and employment: career and employment, health and well-being, skills development and work–life balance. The report outlines relevant legislative and policy developments, and examines trends in the workplace.
EWCO: List of National Correspondents

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/ewco/network.htm

The network of national/EU correspondents provide regular news updates on working conditions throughout Europe, in addition to reports on national surveys and on particular topics.

ILO: 2008 Labour Overview. Latin America and the Caribbean.

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/intl/72/

Previous editions -- 2007 , 2006 , 2005 , 2004 , 2003
ILO: Panorama Laboral 2008. América Latina y el Caribe

http://oit.org.pe/WDMS/bib/publ/panorama/panorama08.pdf

See also the Anexo Estadistico (Statistical Annex) at http://oit.org.pe/WDMS/bib/publ/panorama/panoramo08%5Banexos%5D.xls

World-wide (Comparative)

Census: Statistical Agencies by Country

http://www.census.gov/main/www/stat_int.html

Provides links to statistical agencies of most countries.
DOL: WebMILS (Monitoring International Labor Standards)

http://www.dol.gov/ilab/webmils/

An online searchable database created by the US Department of Labor to provide access to qualitative information and statistical information relevant to assessing compliance with international labor standards.

EIU countrydata

http://www.eiu.com/site_info.asp?info_name=corporate_landing_Cornell_University

Cornell University community only

From the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), this is a comprehensive database of economic indicators with historical series, estimates and forecasts, covering 278 series for 117 countries, as well as 40 regional aggregates, over the period 1980 - 2005+. [The number of countries covered, as well as the time period in this database changes over time, usually the numbers increase.]

ILO: Databases

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/support/lib/resource/ilodatabases.htm

More than 30 databases dealing with various issues related to the world of work can be found here.
ILO: Global Employment Trends

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/strat/global.htm

This brief updates the labour market trends to 2005 and addresses six key labour market challenges:
1) energy prices; 2) the importance of labour market recovery after natural disasters; 3) the impact of the phasing out of the Multi-Fiber Arrangement (MFA); 4) global wage inequalities; 5) sectoral employment shifts; and 6) labour market challenges as a result of migration.
SSA: Social Security Programs Throughout The World

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/

This publication highlights the principal features of social security programs in more than 170 countries: old-age, survivors, and disability; sickness and maternity; work injury; unemployment; and family allowances. A set of tables in each volume provides information for each country on the types of social security programs, types of mandatory systems for retirement income, contribution rates, and demographic and other statistics related to social security.
WDI Online (World Development Indicators)

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/5351648

Cornell University community only

WDI Online (from the World Bank Group) is a comprehensive database on development data covering more than 575 indicators, 225 countries, and 18 regional and income groups. The extensive collection of development data includes population, income, social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators for more than forty years (starting in 1960 where data are available).

Statistics/Data

Developed Countries (Statistics)

BLS: Foreign Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/fls/

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, the Foreign Labor Statistics (FLS) program provides international comparisons of hourly compensation costs; productivity and unit labor costs; labor force, employment and unemployment rates; and consumer prices. The comparisons relate primarily to the major industrial countries, but other countries are included in certain measures.
OECD: Links to Macroeconomic Reports & Data

http://www.oecd.org/document/39/0,3343,en_2649_33733_41515815_1_1_1_1,00.html

External links to macroeconomic reports and data. The OECD does not necessarily endorse these sources and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
OECD: SourceOECD

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/3988241

Cornell University community only

SourceOECD is the online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. SourceOECD, when complete, will comprise 19 Studies by Themes, containing all our monographs and reports; 19 periodicals online; some reference titles online; and the OECD statistical databases online.

OECD: Stat Web Browser

http://stats.oecd.org/wbos/Default.aspx

OECD.Stat is the OECD's statistical data warehouse. It provide a single access point for statistical data and metadata across the Organisation. Validated statistical data and metadata are replicated from the various directorates' "production" databases into OECD.Stat. See--USER GUIDE

Developing Countries (Statistics)

CEPALSTAT DATABASES (LATIN AMERICA & the CARIBBEAN STATISTICS)

http://websie.eclac.cl/sisgen/ConsultaIntegrada.asp

These databases are produced by the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Select one of the 10 SUBJECTS using the PULL-DOWN MENU in order to find your area of interest. Otherwise you may find many of the statistics using this link: http://www.eclac.org/estadisticas/bases/default.asp?idioma=IN

Regional (Statistics)

ADB: Economics & Statistics

http://www.adb.org/Economics/default.asp

This page provides links to economic and statistical information generated by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
CEPALSTAT DATABASES (LATIN AMERICA & the CARIBBEAN STATISTICS)

http://websie.eclac.cl/sisgen/ConsultaIntegrada.asp

These databases are produced by the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Select one of the 10 SUBJECTS using the PULL-DOWN MENU in order to find your area of interest. Otherwise you may find many of the statistics using this link: http://www.eclac.org/estadisticas/bases/default.asp?idioma=IN

EMCC: European Restructuring Monitor (ERM)

http://www.emcc.eurofound.eu.int/erm/

Part of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Restructuring Monitor is a tool designed to provide a quick overview of restructuring activities in Europe and their employment consequences. It provides information on individual restructuring cases and allows for the compilation of statistics comparing countries, sectors and types of restructuring. All information is based on the analysis of daily newspapers and the business press in the EU25 and the two acceding countries: Bulgaria and Romania.

EuroFound: EurLIFE

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/areas/qualityoflife/eurlife/index.php

EurLife is an interactive database on living conditions and quality of life in Europe, offering data drawn from the European Foundation's own surveys and from other published sources.  The data provided deals with the objective living conditions and subjective well-being of European citizens. It covers the 25 current EU Member States and three candidate countries: Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.  Indicators are categorized into the following areas:  Health, Employment, Income deprivation, Education, Family, Social participation, Housing, Environment, Transport, Safety, Leisure, Life satisfaction.

Eurostat - Statistical Office of the European Communities - Home Page

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1090,30070682,1090_33076576&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

From the Statistical Office of the European Communities, whose mission is to gather and analyze figures from the different European statistics offices in order to provide comparable and harmonized data to the European Institutions so they can define, implement and analyze Community policies.  Site provides direct access to the latest and most complete statistical information available on the European Union, the EU Member States, the euro-zone and other countries.

Choose Dutch, English, or French. Choose online statistical publications and indicators for statistics about European Union countries. View press releases, statistical news, and on-line catalogues. Find out about the statistical information service provided.

Eurostat: Employment Related Statistics

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page?_pageid=1996,45323734&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&screen=welcomeref&open=/&product=STRIND_EMPLOI&depth=2

This is just one of numerous topics to be found via the home page for Eurostat. Look for the links in the main section and in the margins both left and right.
ILO: 2005 Labour Overview. Statistical Annex

http://www.oit.org.pe/portal/documentos/anexestad_avpl05_ing.xls

ILO: 2005 Labour Overview. Statistical Annex
ILO: 2008 Labour Overview. Latin America and the Caribbean.

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/intl/72/

Previous editions -- 2007 , 2006 , 2005 , 2004 , 2003
ILO: Panorama Laboral 2008. América Latina y el Caribe

http://oit.org.pe/WDMS/bib/publ/panorama/panorama08.pdf

See also the Anexo Estadistico (Statistical Annex) at http://oit.org.pe/WDMS/bib/publ/panorama/panoramo08%5Banexos%5D.xls

World-wide (Statistics)

CEIC Data

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/6040839

Cornell University community only

CEIC Data provides access to 1.2 million macro-economic time series and statistics from over 50 countries.   The number and historical depth vary by country for the employment and labor-related series, but this is an incredibly rich database.  In-depth data is available for China. 

Census: Statistical Agencies by Country

http://www.census.gov/main/www/stat_int.html

Provides links to statistical agencies of most countries.
DOL: WebMILS (Monitoring International Labor Standards)

http://www.dol.gov/ilab/webmils/

An online searchable database created by the US Department of Labor to provide access to qualitative information and statistical information relevant to assessing compliance with international labor standards.

EIU countrydata

http://www.eiu.com/site_info.asp?info_name=corporate_landing_Cornell_University

Cornell University community only

From the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), this is a comprehensive database of economic indicators with historical series, estimates and forecasts, covering 278 series for 117 countries, as well as 40 regional aggregates, over the period 1980 - 2005+. [The number of countries covered, as well as the time period in this database changes over time, usually the numbers increase.]

ILO: Global Employment Trends

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/strat/global.htm

This brief updates the labour market trends to 2005 and addresses six key labour market challenges:
1) energy prices; 2) the importance of labour market recovery after natural disasters; 3) the impact of the phasing out of the Multi-Fiber Arrangement (MFA); 4) global wage inequalities; 5) sectoral employment shifts; and 6) labour market challenges as a result of migration.
ILO: Key Indicators of the Labour Market

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/strat/kilm/

Cornell University community only

This publication is an easily accessible, reliable, and user-friendly tool providing timely information on labor markets.  It compiles data from hundreds of countries on workforce participation, employment and unemployment indicators, education, wages, productivity, market flows, poverty, and income distribution.

ILO: Labour Force Surveys

http://www.ilo.org/dyn/lfsurvey/lfsurvey.home

A Labour Force Survey is a standard household-based survey of work-related statistics. This database compiles web sites which contain data from national statistical agencies, the ILO and other sources. Includes links to source web sites and references to print publications available in the ILO Library.
OECD: Worldwide Statistical Sources

http://stats.oecd.org/source/

One can browse by Country or seek statistical sources of International Organizations or find Other Data Sources selected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Date (OECD)
WDI Online (World Development Indicators)

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/5351648

Cornell University community only

WDI Online (from the World Bank Group) is a comprehensive database on development data covering more than 575 indicators, 225 countries, and 18 regional and income groups. The extensive collection of development data includes population, income, social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators for more than forty years (starting in 1960 where data are available).

Legal/Regulatory Info

Regional (Legal)

EIRO: European Industrial Relations Dictionary

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/areas/industrialrelations/dictionary/

Designed as an easy-to-use online reference tool, the European Industrial Relations Dictionary is a comprehensive collection of the most commonly used terms in employment and industrial relations at EU level today. It contains almost 300 alphabetically listed entries, featuring concise definitions and relevant contextual information, with hyperlinks to EU legislation and case law.

Essential European Union Business web sites

http://www.eurunion.org/infores/bestbussites.htm

This is a compilation of the best business web sites for the European Union as provided by the Delegation of the European Commission to the USA and its library.

World-wide (Legal)

Cornell Law School: Foreign and International Law Sources

http://library2.lawschool.cornell.edu/ForeignLawGuide/default.aspx

For legal material available on the Internet by country and topic, this is one of the better places to go. Simply click on "search the guide" and enter the name of the country in which you are interested.

DOL: WebMILS (Monitoring International Labor Standards)

http://www.dol.gov/ilab/webmils/

An online searchable database created by the US Department of Labor to provide access to qualitative information and statistical information relevant to assessing compliance with international labor standards.

ILO: e.quality@work

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/gems/eeo/index.htm

The ILO's Information Base on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, is a database of guidelines and legislation on equal employment opportunities in the workplace.
ILO: NATLEX

http://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex_browse.home?p_lang=en

Database of national labour, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO's International Labour Standards Department. Records in NATLEX provide abstracts of legislation and relevant citation information, and they are indexed by keywords and by subject classifications. NATLEX contains over 55,000 records covering over 170 countries and territories, and all efforts are made to keep the database
up-to-date. Nevertheless, some delays can occur between receiving information and updating the records. Users are encouraged to report any errors or omissions in NATLEX to infonorm@ilo.org.
ILO: Termination of Employment Digest

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/dialogue/ifpdial/publ/publ_emp.htm

Termination of Employment Digest was formulated in respense to requests from governments, employers, trade unions, labor practitioners and academics for comparative information on legislation governing termination of employment. In an environment of heightened global competition, and financial crises in some countries resulting in mass layoffs, this subject is now more topical than ever. In reviewing the legislation of 72 jurisdictions, the Digest highlights commonalities between approaches taken to individual and collective dismissals, as well as differences in relation to key points.
SSA: Social Security Programs Throughout The World

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssptw/

This publication highlights the principal features of social security programs in more than 170 countries: old-age, survivors, and disability; sickness and maternity; work injury; unemployment; and family allowances. A set of tables in each volume provides information for each country on the types of social security programs, types of mandatory systems for retirement income, contribution rates, and demographic and other statistics related to social security.

Directories, Encyclopedias, Handbooks

EIRO: European Industrial Relations Dictionary

http://www.eurofound.eu.int/areas/industrialrelations/dictionary/

Designed as an easy-to-use online reference tool, the European Industrial Relations Dictionary is a comprehensive collection of the most commonly used terms in employment and industrial relations at EU level today. It contains almost 300 alphabetically listed entries, featuring concise definitions and relevant contextual information, with hyperlinks to EU legislation and case law.

Selected News Sources

ILO: World Labour News (WLN)

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/support/lib/resource/newsfeed.htm

Produced by the ILO Library using the NewsNow monitoring system, World Labour News is a current awareness service providing up-to-the-minute headlines with corresponding full text of news articles focused on labor issues particularly relevant to the work of the ILO. Some 17,500 news websites located in countries throughout the globe are scanned every five minutes for labor subjects based on specific terms in English, French and Spanish found in the Keyword List. Because most of these news sources are electronic versions of indigenous newspapers or other local news services, WLN offers the advantage of breaking news articles on labor developments often not covered in the international media, presented from a local perspective. International coverage is also included.

LabourStart

http://www.labourstart.org/

LabourStart is an online news service maintained by a global network of volunteers, which aims to serve the international trade union movement by collecting and disseminating information. Its features include daily labor news links in 17 languages and a news syndication service used by more than 630 trade union websites. News is collected from mainstream, trade union, and alternative news sources by a network of nearly 350 volunteer correspondents based on every continent.
World News Connection (WNC)

http://resolver.library.cornell.edu/misc/2887918

Cornell University community only

A successor to the Daily reports from the Foreign Broadcasting Information Service and the JPRS reports from the Joint Publications Research Service provided through the National Technical Information Service. The material is obtained from non-U.S. open-source political speeches, television programs, radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, periodicals, and books. The content focuses primarily on military, political, environmental, scientific, technical, and socioeconomic issues and events. Business and legal information has a higher priority than in earlier years. ILR-related information such as new labor and employment laws, strikes, labor relations, and human resource issues appear frequently. Under some subscription options, profiling (automated custom-searching) is offered. Full text is available on-line, or relevant articles may be sent to a subscriber's e-mail address.

Selected Authorities

Associations/Institutes

ILO: International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS)

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inst/

The International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS) was established by the International Labour Organization in 1960 as a center for advanced studies in the social and labor field to further a better understanding of labor issues through education and research. It uses research networks, social policy forums, educational activities and publications to open up new perspectives for social policy; develop systematic exchanges between the ILO’s constituents and the external academic communities and practitioners; and familiarize future social policy-makers with the processes of tripartite consultations and policy formulation.

International Intergovernmental Organizations

ILO - International Labour Organization

http://www.ilo.org

The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.

The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organize, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of:
• vocational training and vocational rehabilitation;
• employment policy;
• labour administration;
• labour law and industrial relations;
• working conditions;
• management development;
• cooperatives;
• social security;
• labour statistics and occupational safety and health.

It promotes the development of independent employers' and workers' organizations and provides training and advisory services to those organizations. Within the UN system, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of its governing organs.

OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

http://www.oecd.org/home/0,2987,en_2649_201185_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation. For more information, see Overview of the OECD.
Specific publications and detailed tables can be found via SourceOECD.