The ILO's NATLEX database contains national labour, social security and related human rights legislation from 196 countries. The database can be searched, or browsed by country or subject.
The ILO knowledge portal contains individual country information and data on labour laws, standards, policies and statistics. Country profiles also contain information on ILO projects and programmes, publications and good practices.
The Kluwer Online International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations (UniMelb staff & student access) contains over 75 individual country monographs, which include useful introductory / background information, and detailed chapters on individual employment relationships and collective labour relations. It also contains international and regional monographs on eg: EU Labour Law, labour law in the OECD.
For more resources for finding legislation from individual countries, see the ILO Library's Research Guide on Labour Law (National).
The ILO Employment protection legislation database - EPLex - provides information on all the key topics that are regularly examined in national and comparative studies on employment termination legislation. The database can be browsed by country or theme, and there is also an advanced search feature.
The ILO Working Conditions Laws database provides a picture of the regulatory environment of working time, minimum wages and maternity protection in more than 100 countries around the world. It contains comprehensive legal information, which allows you to conduct customized research on a specific country, to compare the legislation of several countries or regions on a particular subject or to perform searches by text. For selected issues, a historical comparison is possible.
The OECD Indicators of Employment Protection Legislation (open access) measure the procedures and costs involved in dismissing individuals or groups of workers and the procedures involved in hiring workers on fixed-term or temporary work agency contracts in OECD Member countries. Useful comparison tools are provided.
See a critique of the OCED database in Martin Myant and Laura Brandhuber, 'Uses and Abuses of the OECD's Employment Protection Legislation Index in Research and EU Policy-Making' (7 December 2016) ETUI Research Paper - Working Paper 2016.11. Full-text article available on SSRN (open access).
The OECD iLibrary Employment Protection Legislation database (UniMelb staff & student access) includes data on strictness of employment protection legislation for overall, regular and temporary employment in OECD Member countries.
The OECD Employment Database (open access) provides up-to-date statistics to make comparisons between countries and identifying trends over time in OECD Member countries. The database includes information on employment, unemployment, earnings and wages, labour market policies and institutions, skills and work, and job quality.
The OECD Member countries. statistics on labour markets, labour forces, trade unions, job quality, hours worked, average wages, employment and unemployment in
The OECD’s Labour Force Statistics (UniMelb staff & student access) is an annual publication that provides detailed statistics on population, labour force, employment and unemployment, broken down by sex, as well as unemployment duration, employment status, employment by sector of activity and part-time employment. It also contains participation and unemployment rates by sex and detailed age groups as well as comparative tables for the main components of the labour force. Data are available for each OECD member country and for OECD-Total, Euro area and European Union. The time series presented in the publication cover 10 years for most countries.
The ILOSTAT interactive Map (open access) can be used to compare employment rates and statistics of two or more countries.
The following practical comparative tools/guides are aimed at those doing business in foreign jurisdictions. They do not include every country. The databases provide brief but useful information about the employment laws of the jurisdictions covered.
This tool covers about 60 countries. It can be used to look at the legal situation in one country or compare two or more jurisdictions on specific employment topics.
This website covers about 170 jurisdictions and includes articles from law firms to keep readers up to date with global legal and regulatory news. The University of Melbourne does not hold an account with the service but the site can be used to look at articles from around the world on a range of topics including Employee Benefits and Pensions and Employment and Labor.
The open-access version of Thomson Reuters Employment and employee benefits global guide covers about 35 countries. It provides practical overviews on topical cross-border employment and employee benefits issues, and country-specific Q&As on employment law and practice, such as information on contractual and implied terms of employment, minimum wages, discrimination and harassment, consequences of business transfers, and taxation.
International Journal of Comparative Labour Law & Industrial Relations vol 1, 1985 to current available as an e-journal
Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal - vol 1(1976) to current available as an e-journal (UniMelb staff & student access)
Daugareilh, Isabelle, Christophe Degryse and Philippe Pochet, 'The Platform Economy and Social Law: Key Issues in Comparative Perspective' (ETUI Research Paper - Working Paper No 10, 2019)
De Stefano, Valerio, 'Introduction: Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Labour Protection' (2019) 41(1) Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal