Terminating an expatriate contract can be as complicated as creating it. A key inclusion in the expat contract concerns the grounds for termination and it is crucial that a section that defines the notice and termination terms is including in order to prevent any issues. If this is not included in the contract the laws of the host country may be applied, and this may have an impact on the notice period and the amount of severance pay that you are entitled to as an employee. Things that you should ensure are included in the contract are as follows:
In any contract, the “divorce” is just as important as the “marriage” and you should always ensure that you are adequately covered in the event that something goes wrong or the employment relationship breaks down. The last thing you want to do is find yourself in a foreign country without a visa and without employment facing a significant cost to relocate yourself and your family back to your home country. Although your immediate thoughts when negotiating your contract may be on the benefits, salary and relocation package, remember that the repatriation package, notice period and severance details are just as, if not more, important when terminating an expatriate contract.
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