All employers have a duty of care towards their workforce. In a narrow, legal sense, this means employers are required to take all of the reasonable and necessary steps to protect their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing. This, of course, does not end at national borders, and multinational companies who assign expatriates all over the globe are not exempt from this duty when the employee is abroad. In the light of the worldwide pandemic we’re experiencing right now, the topic is more important than ever.

However, while a narrow legal definition is one thing, companies actually have to offer more than simply complying with the law should they want to meet the needs of today’s highly skilled and demanding workforce. In fact, our research indicates that a solid duty of care programme is increasingly becoming an essential differentiator in the ‘war for talent’. And post Covid-19, prospective employees will be looking very closely at this.

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