Concurrent Session
Moving with the Times: Why Partner and Spouse Employment Access Contributes to Successful Global Mobility Policy
Wednesday 11/18/2020 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Global & Cultural Effectiveness, HR Technical Expertise, Relationship Management
Workplace Application:
Discover the clear benefits and key arguments for a meaningful dual-career policy in supporting global mobility—both in company and in country.  

Studies have shown that spouse and partner work access remains the number one factor affecting the success of a global assignment. Where government legislation facilitates direct work access for dependents of mobile employees, the benefits are felt by the mobile family, the company and host country. In this session, Permits Foundation will provide the data behind why a dual-career policy assists talent acquisition and supports diversity and inclusion. We will demonstrate where and how we have been successful in advocating for change—highlighting countries that are best practice and those on the path to better legislation. We will also reflect on the changed global mobility landscape and why certainty for mobile employees and their families is more important than ever.   

Learning Objectives:   

  • Garner insight into the global landscape on mobile partner and spouse employment access.   

  • Access the evidence behind why dual-career policy is tied to talent acquisition, supporting diversity and inclusion.    

  • Experience advocacy strategy in practice in target countries.      

Helen Frew Photo
Helen Frew, Director,
Permits Foundation
Wibke Bittner Photo
Wibke Bittner, Global Assignments, Partner Support Program,
Volkswagen AG
Des McKell Photo
Des McKell, Regional Director, U.K. & Ireland,
Laurette Bennhold-Samaan Photo
Laurette Bennhold-Samaan, Vice President, Global Advisory Services,
Gill Gordon Photo
Gill Gordon, Chair,
Permits Foundation