Special Counsel in the Labor & Employment Group, Juliet is author of the leading textbook, Drafting Employment Documents for Expatriates, and is a regular speaker and commentator on employment law. She is Chair of the International Committee of the U.K. Employment Lawyers Association and a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association and American Bar Association.
Fred, one of our technical IT specialists, just told us that his partner volunteered for a European assignment. Fred’s a great guy and we need him but he earns less than his partner and wants the experience of working abroad. If we don’t help him, Fred will probably look for overseas work with a competitor and he’s sure to get it. Is there any reason why we shouldn’t say yes and keep Fred on our team? Is Fred worth it? Answer→
I am an HR manager working for a US company that sends employees on long term assignment abroad. One of our senior assignees recently rang me to say how worried he is about Greek politics and the potential effect on the Euro. He wanted to know what I was going to do about it. I was a bit puzzled at first as, obviously, I can’t sort out a European currency crisis, but it turns out that what he is really worried about is his own pay. His salary is set in Euro, and he is worried about how he will pay his US dollar mortgage and his mother’s US care home bills if the Euro falls. I reassured him that we would look at his salary again if that happened (which didn’t really satisfy him). Later, I began to worry about what would happen if I promised a pay raise and then the value of the Euro rose against the dollar again. What can we do to make things more secure for our employees working overseas without taking on too much business risk? Answer→
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