Medical Exams and Other Overlooked Requirements of Working Abroad

June 25, 2019 | 1PM EDT / 6PM BST

Many workers, perhaps especially those raised in the U.S., would balk at the idea of taking compulsory medical exams as a condition of work. U.S. employers are not even permitted to ask a job applicant to answer medical questions or take a medical exam before making a job offer.

Outside the U.S., however, employers are often required to give their employees medical exams. For example, Japan requires employers to give their workers a medical exam upon employment, and then to require additional exams at least once a year.

These kinds of regulations are typically informed by local cultural norms, just as local cultural norms are shaped by regulations. And local regulations and culture will determine how to best develop your company policies in each country of operation.

The bottom line is that employers considering expanding internationally must understand the local laws and cultures of their target countries if they hope to succeed. This webinar describes some of the regulations and cultural expectations of three countries — Germany, Japan and the Netherlands — while also providing general information on effectively operating abroad. Here are some specific topics to be addressed:

  • Some cultural norms and expectations of Japan, Germany and the Netherlands
  • Medical exam and other employee requirements in these countries
  • Developing country-specific employment policies to protect your organization from risk, no matter where you operate
  • Attracting and retaining employees, and developing competitive compensation and benefits packages, in all your countries of operation

Presented by:

Senior Associate, HR Advisory

Associate Director
Vistra Trust Company

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