Travel abroad, employer’s obligations

As part of his job, an employee may be required to perform tasks outside of France. Business travel abroad engages corporate responsibility. Our focus: Travel abroad: the employer’s obligations.

Professional stay: what about the employment contract?

The law separates professional residence from posting and posting. The duration of a business trip can be more or less long, but always less than 90 consecutive days and less than 180 days in total over a year. In addition, the employee is considered to be posted or detached, with different obligations to the company.

The professional stay is not not necessarily mentioned in the employment contract. An employee can therefore not do not reject a trip abroad for professional reasons.

At the time of employment, however, the employee may request that his geographical area be specified. And before the business trip, find out about that travel policy used in business.

Prior information and protection of employees sent abroad

It must be the employer who makes the decision to send employees on a mission abroad prepare their stay. This responsibility is imposed on him because the travels are made in connection with employment.

He is especially obliged to do so find out about the health situation and safety risks presented in the targeted destinations, and to notify their business partners in advance.

When the destination requires it, the company can support its employees in the process of obtaining their residence permit, their travel permit or a European professional card for regulated professions.

The employer can take care of reservations (overnight stays, meals, station / airport transfers, etc.) on behalf of its employees, but this remains at its own discretion.

Business travel: costs and working hours

A business trip abroad generates transport, accommodation, meals.

Travel expenses must be reimbursed to the employeeon supporting documents and according to the internal conditions (public transport, class, ceiling, etc .; in actual costs or at a fixed rate).

The mission is recognized as being actual working hours. Including time spent on transportation, apart from the usual home-to-work trips. This time of traveling abroad and returning home is therefore rewarded.

The working hours during a business trip abroad remain identical to those stipulated in the employment contract. The employee therefore enjoys leisure time.

ONE allowance for long-distance travel can be paid if the conditions are met (distance greater than 50 km from home, travel time greater than 1.30 by public transport).

What insurance for a business trip abroad?

Before an employee goes on a mission abroad, the company has the obligation to do a statement to Social Security. Any medical expenses for illness and accidents at work can thus be covered according to the scales used in France.

It is advisable for the employer to subscribe professional travel insurance, optional. Guarantees extend with better levels of support, a third-party payment system and support guarantees. The company finds a way to protect itself while its responsibility is committed in case of emergency during business trip.

Through the various measures that the company must take with regard to one or more of its employees’ travel abroad, it is an intention to transparency and protection which shows through.

(Photo credit: iStock)

Article written by

Author

This text is published under the responsibility of its author. Its content does not in any way engage the editorial staff of Les Echos Solutions.

Leave a Comment