Documenting expatriate policy and procedure online, and finding a way to communicate it to expatriates via an expatriate handbook removes liability from the employer - We have the solution !
In 2010 we introduced the first "turnkey" solution for companies with expatriates to quickly and efficiently document expatriate policy on-line, and create an expatriate employee handbook (expatriate assignment manual.) Clients can now document expatriate policy and procedures using a dedicated web site portal that can be put in place almost immediately.
Do you have an expatriate policy manual today? Do you have an expatriate employee handbook? Is it 100% complete to remove liability from your company? How do you know?
"The proper documentation of policy is the easiest and most cost efficient way for global employers with expatriates to remove risk, liability, runaway expenses and other potential problems. Employers spend millions on insurance and employee benefits, but many have neglected what can be done quickly, easily, and at very little relative cost..."
Until now, the only option available to global employers was to create almost all of the following below "from scratch" at incredible time and expense:
- Develop an expatriate policy manual (expatriate handbook) to communicate and document insurance, tax, relocation, housing, security, and other international policy.
- Design a web site (or intranet site) used to communicate current and new expatriate policy and critical information about global mobility.
- Understand and implement expatriate best practices for industry groups and specific situations and apply them to existing international assignees.
The easiest and most cost effective way to avoid conflicts with employees and remove potential legal liability is to have well written, comprehensive, and easily accessible policy and procedures surrounding expatriate assignments and international travel. The cost of a comprehensive expatriate handbook is almost nothing compared to the potential savings it offers, and the cost of the assignment itself.
Undocumented expatriate policy and procedure costs organizations over $100,000,000 a year... almost all of it preventable through a complete expatriate manual
Some organizations have expatriate policy that is over 3 years old. Others have nothing, or have never addressed certain groups like short term international travelers or foreign nationals coming into the United States to work (inpat assignments). No matter what your existing situation, we have a program that can quickly and easily work.
Potential problems with international policy will be identified and corrected. For many items that need to be addressed, there is NO NEED for an expensive and complicated consulting projects .
Do you need an intranet or internet website for communication to your expatriates, or other international groups?
The way employer groups today are communicating with their international employees can best be described as "all over the place." We have seen companies that have spent $75,000 to develop a special part of their intranet to communicate with expatriates and we have seen organizations with over 50 expatriates that have no way to communicate a simple expatriate policy manual or even post and expatriate handbook.
Our web site solutions are constructed for companies with expatriate populations and/or international business travelers. They provide this group with valuable information and equally as important, remind the expatriate or global travelers about company policy in key areas which will (at best) help the HR and Benefits staff avoid headache with certain employees and (at worst) help the global employer avoid large legal liabilities and lawsuits.
Whether you have three U.S. expatriates or 300 or more expatriates, third country nationals, and key local nationals, we have the package you need.
Even if you have an international employee handbook for each type of international assignee, perhaps through your company's intranet, how well is it working, what are the long term costs, who is doing the updates, and what is their experience in international benefits and HR policy? Over the long hall, our program can save 90% over doing things on your own. A web site for expatriates is invaluable.
There is such a thing as "best practices" in expatriate policy and every global organization does not need to chart a new course
The Brits like to remind us that they have been sending expatriates to work abroad before the United States was even a country! There are also many U.S. companies that have had people working overseas for over 50 years. Although some customization is always necessary, in many areas what works and what does not is well documented. There is no need to recreate the wheel and "start all over again" as many organizations do, working with a consultant that could charge $50,000 for their services.. We will customize only what needs to be custom. This saves tens of thousands of dollars and speeds the process by 90%. Most expatriate best practices are well documented.
Do you have an expatriate policy and procedures manual now or an intranet site for expats? When was it created, and by whom?
Just because you have an expatriate handbook in place now for expatriate communication does not mean it works well or has removed all potential liability. If you looked at it now, is it current and useful?
This is a logical "next step" in expatriate outsourcing. Why not implement a system that saves 80% over the long term, removes potential holes and gaps in policy, and is administered by a company who's only purpose is expatriate policy and procedure.
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