Expatriate Employment Agreements

Expatriate employment agreement benefits checklist. Wendi S. Lazar, Outten & Golden LLP, October 2009

Expatriate employees have a unique relationship with the companies they work for. They have particular needs and requirements because there is little separation between their professional and personal lives. Therefore, as companies become increasingly multinational and transfer U.S. employees to different countries abroad, companies have greater and far more complex responsibilities to those employees and their families, including increasing the risk of their liability. For the expatriate employee and her counsel, the great challenge in negotiating expatriate benefits is to ensure that the economic and personal living needs of her and her family are satisfied and that they remain “whole” throughout the assignment. If this is achieved, the expatriate experience is a win‐win for both the company and the employee.


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