Magazine article Personnel Journal

What Happens When an Employee Dies Abroad

Magazine article Personnel Journal

What Happens When an Employee Dies Abroad

Article excerpt

Imagine you have an expatriate employee working overseas on a big project and he or she unexpectedly contracts a serious illness or is involved in a traffic accident. If the employee dies, are you prepared to make the necessary arrangements to bring the body home? Of course it would be nice to think that such a tragedy won't occur, but statistics indicate the likelihood is increasing as more and more employees are working far from home. Consider these facts:

* Americans embark on two billion trips of over 100 miles each year * U.S. residents take more than 50 million trips abroad each year * Over 500,000 travelers die over 100 miles from home each year.

Making matters more difficult for companies and surviving family members facing the aftermath of an employee's death far from home are the complex arrangements and hefty expenses for transporting the body. On top of that there may be a stack of paperwork to secure the release of the remains. …

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