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Compliance in Global Mobility is about meeting legal requirements that apply to labour mobility across country borders. Before diving into the country-specific and regional compliance requirements, there are some general principles that you need to understand and take into consideration.
Global Mobility (GM) is about ensuring that the right people are in the right place at the right time and the right costs. This responsibility boils down to ensuring compliance, controlling costs and safeguarding the assignee's well-being. To thrive in this environment, a Global Mobility professional needs to master a high level of complexity which requires numerous competencies.
Next to general compliance principles that rule irrespective of which countries are involved or in which part of the world the assignment occurs, there are also regional arrangements whereby member states enter into agreements and issue acts of law that companies and their employees need to comply with, such as the European Community Law Framework.
The objective of the courses in this chapter is to gain deeper understanding of the complexity of intercultural communication in the context of Global Mobility, an area that is often underestimated but in fact is vital for the success of the deployment and well-being of the assignee and their family.
In this era of globalisation, international business is becoming borderless and companies send employees abroad whenever global demand needs to be met. At the same time, national regulatory boundaries still exist and due to stricter enforcement of legal compliance requirements, companies are increasingly confronted with financial and reputation damages resulting from non-compliance.
For the good of all stakeholders, the GM Function should be able to deliver transparency regarding global compensation and the assignee value proposition from the very start of the assignment up until and into the repatriation phase. This will help stakeholders to understand and visualise what it really costs to send a worker abroad.
Once the parameters for the move are clear and validated, the GM manager selects the scenario (the type of mobility) that fits the profile best. Mobility can take many forms and each type of mobility has its own features, approaches and requirements.
In the context of Global Mobility, relocation is the process of moving people and their personal belongings across country borders and establishing their home there. Understanding the impact of an assignment and the challenges pertaining moving and settling in is paramount to ensure a flawless move.