Duty of care during tumultuous times
With the recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Bahrain, employers are encouraged to review their travel polices to ensure that their duty of care obligations are being met. This is not only a moral obligation, but a legal obligation as well. The legal issues surrounding duty of care are very complex, but one way to mitigate the risks is to partner with a vendor that specializes in international security and medical assistance. As we speak, these specialty vendors are forming local crisis teams to evacuate employees and bring them home safely. They are also tracking employees, providing on the ground security, and taking employee assistance to the concierge-level. This goes beyond your traditional business travel accident plan, and is quickly becoming a best practice amongst multinational employers. For those with globally mobile employees, an international security plan should be made a top priority—not only for peace of mind but for managing the risks associated with duty of care. In today’s uncertain world (and litigious society) you can never be too careful.
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