International secondments are highly complex. In most cases, this involves more than just the employment relationship. We are deeply involved in this subject.
As an international secondee, you drive your company’s success from outside your home country. This makes you particularly dependent on your employer: There are allowances, hypo tax or tax equalisation, health insurance and pension arrangements, emergency assistance and dealing with terminating the secondment arrangement and the return to the home country, to name just a few of the keywords involved. And all of this nearly always has direct implications for the family members accompanying you
Legal support is crucial.
The work of structuring and executing international secondments is so difficult that your employer regularly seeks external advice. This shows: As a secondee, it is simply impossible to assess whether your own interests are protected, and what can be done to protect them. This is all the more so the case if your secondment runs into a crisis – for example, if your employer wants to recall you at short notice or even terminate your employment relationship during the current posting.
This is a special area of expertise in which good consultants are rare.
Successful legal support for international secondments requires the very special kind of expertise and experience that only very few lawyers possess. fringspartners offers this rare and highly specialised legal expertise – in addition to expertise around the non-legal aspects of secondments. A unique benefit that this involves: In the case of major corporate groups, team members have centrally managed international assignments and have also been posted internationally themselves (e.g. in Asia). Against this backdrop, fringspartners is quite well aware of what is at stake and what your particular situation is. Rounding out this special portfolio of services is our awareness of the conditions in a large number of typical host countries, together with a fluent command of the foreign languages involved.
Services by fringspartners:
Review and adaptation of secondment agreements
Advice on the interpretation and application of secondment guidelines
Clarification of questions on remuneration, posting allowances, retirement pensions, social insurance
Support during negotiations of secondment conditions, upon termination of the secondment and repatriation
Representation in disputes with the employer
Assessment of recall clauses and premature termination of secondment arrangements
Strategic advice on continuation and modification of secondment as well as localisation
Conducting complex litigation (abroad, with the aid of suitable lawyers from the international fringspartners network)