Employee travel risk management: Are you ready for takeoff?

Employers can’t ignore risks associated with employees on the road
By Ryan Treleaven
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/19/2014

Employers owe their employees a general duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep them safe in the workplace.

But, what is an employer’s duty and how is it fulfilled when an employee is required to leave the confines of her workspace and travel — be it down the street, across the country or around the world? The truth is, whether on a trip to North Korea or across town, there is risk associated with travel that cannot be ignored by employers. So, how can an employer identify and minimize the risks associated with business travel?

Designing, implementing and consistently applying a travel risk management policy (TRMP) tailored to the particular workplace can go a long way.