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Short-Term International Assignments: Implementing Effective Policies

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Short-Term International Assignments: Implementing Effective Policies
By Roger Herod

2008, 25 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-586-44122-7
SHRMStore Item #: 61.15501

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A PDF version e-book is also available through Independent Publishers Group.

How should companies plan to compensate employees transferred on international assignments that range from three to twelve months?

As management seeks to reduce the expenses of international assignments, many are turning to short-term assignments as an alternative. Short-Term International Assignments delineates the distinctions between short- and long-term assignments and helps define policies for short-term assignments.

Short-term assignments require clearly defined policies and practices to be in place to ensure that employers remain competitive while motivating employees to accept international assignments. Implementing a short-term policy can be significantly more cost-effective and administratively simpler than a long-term policy.

This book addresses employee and family status; remuneration approach; taxation; housing provisions; transportation assistance; and much more. The content was specifically developed for managing policies for international employees for 3-to-12 months, but also addresses the critical issues involved in dealing with extended business travelers.

This other titles in SHRM's Global HR Management Series are

  • Benchmarking International Assignment Programs: Assessing Overall Effectiveness
  • Expatriate Compensation Strategies: Applying Alternative Approaches
  • Expatriate Compensation: The Balance Sheet Approach
  • Global Compensation and Benefits: Developing Policies for Local Nationals
  • International Assignment Programs: Tackling the Critical Issues
  • Managing the International Assignment Process: From Selection Through Repatriation

 Praise for the Book

"Roger Herod provides the reader with an insightful and comprehensive review of the essential elements of an effective short term assignment policy. This booklet is a must read for human resources professionals engaged in evaluating current assignment practices and/or developing new international assignment policies." -- Ray Wilhelm, Manager, International Assignment Management, Chrysler LLC
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 About the Author


Roger Herod, SPHR, is a Principal with Mercer, based in Chicago. He carries out a wide range of global projects for major multinational clients in the United States and Europe, particularly focused on global compensation, benefits, and mobility issues.

Herod has held senior-level international human resources positions since 1974, working extensively in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as having lived in the U.K., Belgium, Switzerland, and, at present, the United States. He has worked for such leading companies as Procter & Gamble, General Foods, R.J. Reynolds, and Campbell Soup, where he was Vice President, HR for Campbell Soup's International Division. A graduate of Manchester University in the U.K., he is a Chartered Fellow of the U.K. Institute of Personnel Management and Development.

Herod, who has served on the Board of Directors of SHRM's HR Certification Institute, has been extensively involved in the development of the GPHR certification program and has spoken at a wide range of seminars and conferences. He is also the editor of the International Human Resources Guide, and has had articles published in various journals, including Benefits and Compensation International and Mobility.


 Table of Contents



Defining a Short-Term Assignment

Establishing Short-Term Assignment Policies

Extended Business Travelers

Administration and Compliance



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