Dealing with blurred boundaries

Country-specific benefits laws, practices not keeping pace with mobile workers
By Paul Pittman
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/18/2012

Increasingly, corporate management structures and areas of accountability no longer follow strict international boundaries that define countries. As the lines continue to blur, so too do the lines that define how employee populations are managed.

Mobile employees can be expected to land anywhere in the world in pursuit of new business or corporate goals, and employment arrangements need to be sufficiently flexible so national boundaries do not prevent the speedy and seamless transfer of skills between countries.

Unfortunately, domestic benefit laws and practices have not kept pace and continue to be country-specific, creating challenges for mobile employees.