COVID-19, current travel restrictions, and government and business shutdowns have certainly made it difficult for many mobile employees to carry out “business as usual.” This can be particularly true for employees that were on a short-term or long-term assignment prior to COVID-19. Because of safety considerations or travel restrictions, two common scenarios that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic include:
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Mobility program managers are continuously having to evolve and adapt to new circumstances, and are doing so now more than ever. Additionally, mobility programs and program managers need to remain flexible as COVID-19 continues to impact the world. Both companies and their employees are adapting to this “new world” and finding a new work-life balance while governments are continuing to make decisions to provide economic stimulus and stabilization.
As we all struggle to keep up with the impact of COVID-19, the changing rules, and the lack of guidelines, we wanted to share a few tips that have been beneficial for our clients with mobility programs. Here is a mobility tax checklist of considerations to think about as you work to determine next steps for your mobility program and your mobile employees.
Trying to keep up with the communications, news feeds, briefings, and information related to the current global COVID-19 pandemic makes this already stressful situation even more challenging. But being “in-the-know” is necessary to ensuring your mobility program continues to run smooth and your mobile employees understand the potential impact to them while on their mobile assignments. Our team here at GTN has been monitoring global tax activity and information related to COVID-19 and we recently created a COVID-19 tax resource center to share information that may impact you, your mobility program, and your mobile employees.
To say these are unprecedented times would be something of an understatement. GTN, along with our friends and affiliates in the mobility industry, was built on the movement of human capital around the globe for business. To date, the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is proving to be the exact opposite with countries shutting borders, banning travel, and restricting social interaction.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, many companies are beginning to issue travel bans on their staff—or certainly banning non-essential travel. Companies are also working to determine next steps for mobile employees who are on extended business trips or longer-term assignments. These employees may find themselves stranded in a location other than their Home country or their company may be trying to evacuate them from a “hot area.”