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Protecting Employees Working Abroad

World mapWith the recent terrorist attacks still fresh on everyone’s minds, the conversation around protecting employees working abroad has never been more important. And, the dangers employers must consider are numerous—from terror threats to natural disasters.

To protect workers, employers should ask themselves the following questions:

  1. Do we have an overseas travel policy in place? If so, does it include approval processes for travel, risk evaluations of the destinations being visited and a plan to track, contact and protect travellers?
  2. Are we providing our employees with security escorts and a safe means of transportation throughout the duration of their trips?
  3. Have we provided safe and protected housing for the travelling employees?
  4. Have employees been trained on what to do in the event of an emergency? Does that training include how to remove themselves from potentially dangerous situations?
  5. In addition to the above, it’s critical that employers have the proper insurance in place for their workers. Before purchasing a policy, companies should examine their businesses and personnel in order to select the right coverage options.

Often, the types of events businesses may want to plan for include kidnappings, hostage and ransom crises, assaults with weapons, extortion threats, evacuations, and medical and psychiatric care.

 

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