As international business travel becomes more commonplace, employers are facing their responsibilities when it comes to managing the risks associated with overseas travel.
Duty of Care is the legal term that refers to the obligations employers have to take practical steps to safeguard their employees against any reasonably foreseeable dangers in the workplace.
For employees who travel abroad, the risks can be quite different from those in the home office. Threats of overseas assignments include terrorism, lawlessness, crime, political instability, infectious diseases, accidents and travel-related illness. Employers are expected to be familiar with the threats associated with a particular work assignment and take steps to inform and prepare employees for those risks.