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Protecting a globally mobile workforce – what duty of care means for HR professionals

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Business travel is undeniably increasing in both range and frequency and despite continued global uncertainty, organisations clearly understand the return on investment that this global mobility delivers for their bottom line.

However, this inevitably brings more risk to an organisation’s most valuable asset - its people. For the HR practitioner, this creates many new challenges. Away from their more familiar surroundings, employees are potentially likely to find themselves in environments that can present unforeseen and unfamiliar threats to their health, safety and security.

Although many organisations will undoubtedly have stringent health and safety policies for the workplace, many of these policies will fall short of addressing the needs of those being asked to travel as part of their role. With global mobility comes global responsibility. Organisations now need to ensure that their policies and procedures reach far beyond their own perimeter walls and truly cover their personnel, wherever they may be in the world. 

For HR teams, already dealing with an ever-expanding set of responsibilities, is it any wonder that this complex subject may not always appear top of the agenda?

Working with HR practitioners on a daily basis, we’re all too aware of the issues that global mobility can create. To that end, we’ve pulled together a comprehensive guide to Duty of Care for HR professionals. Including everything from case law to practical guidance and advice, it sets out the basic steps that HR practitioners can take in order to establish a successful duty of care programme and help to protect their globally mobile workforce. 

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