Traditionally, expatriate secondments have occurred when a multinational has sent an employee abroad for one of three reasons: to support a foreign subsidiary, as an extension mandate, or to work abroad for the employer`s benefit in their home country. Today, however, multinationals increasingly view these “traditional” expatriate operations as less efficient – employers today are applying new mobility models such as commuter allowances, expanded business travel, rotations and more local operations. Posted/exempt status applies to workers who continue to pay social security contributions in their country of origin and who are posted by their employer to another country for a limited period. Thus, you benefit from the same rights and services as in your country of origin. Please note that the exit period may vary depending on the country you are going to (see European Economic Area or outside the EEA). Ciara Muldowney, a lawyer at Lewis Silkin in London, said that in addition to giving employees the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences, “secondments allow employers to inspire individuals in the company to use skills where they are needed and to build relationships and networks by sending staff to other organisations.” Expatriate allocation letters or agreements with expats themselves are important in most expat posts, while inter-affiliate assignment documents are usually only relevant for orders structured as co-/dual/spouse posts. Wintering agreements in countries of origin make it difficult to dismiss expatriates when they “come back to life”. Be sure to suspend or winter employment agreements in the home country in a way that doesn`t surprise anyone afterwards. Protect yourself from involuntary employment contracts in the country of origin – the scenario of the employer who had tried to structure a temporary transfer/location, but did not accidentally delete the employment contract from the country of origin. Structure each expatriate assignment into the most appropriate category. Strategically structure expatriate missions. .

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