Last year Australians legalised same-sex marriage, but more than 70 countries still classify homosexual behaviour as a crime.
For employers with international operations, there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to questions surrounding workplace law and LGBT employees. In some countries, same-sex relations are punishable by life imprisonment or even death. In other places, it is legally acceptable but could still cause social repercussions.
Companies that frequently send staff abroad for international travel should be aware that there is a drastic difference in laws, customs and public sentiment when it comes to LGBT rights. These different laws can complicate matters for employers, and companies could open themselves up to discrimination claims if they are not careful.
We recently partnered with leading legal, NGO, insurance, ERG and enterprise organisations to provide you with best practices in managing and mitigating risks for your LGBT mobile workforce as they travel and accept assignments internationally. You can access the complimentary whitepaper here.
After polling Australian and New Zealand organisations about their travel policy, we found that only 1 in 5 organisations have policies that cover diversity-related issues. If unsure whether your policy protects your mobile workforce and keeps them out of harm’s way, you can read more about our consulting engagements here.