The terrifying situation in Ukraine has been on my mind and in the thoughts of our collective team. Our mission remains the same – to support our clients and their employees no matter where they are in the world, no matter the situation. In times of crisis, we look to the many services available through our team and our vendor partners to help people in their time of need.

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We encourage all employers to closely watch the situation on the ground and monitor the location of any employees who are assigned to or working in the affected region. Proactively managing employees is the best course of action to ensure that they are aware of support systems in place.

Many employers have global employee assistance programs (EAPs) in place on a standalone basis or through their international/expatriate medical programs.

These programs provide important services and counseling for overseas employees. Most EAPs include mental health support, for employees and family members who are struggling during these challenging times. Several global EAP providers are establishing service support specific to this conflict in local languages with toll-free access numbers and WhatsApp functionality.

EAP providers, international medical insurers, travel accident insurers and evacuation providers are closely monitoring the situation.

They issue security alerts, updates, and many are regularly hosting webinar sessions to provide information in as close to real-time as possible. Access to this information can be vital to employees and their families. Employers are encouraged to connect with their vendor partners to ensure the latest updates are being received. Access to this information can be vital to employees and their families.

Please do not hesitate to contact our EPIC account team with any questions or concerns, we are standing by to help guide our clients and their employees.

You can also reach out directly to me, our national practice leader for Global (Non-U.S.) Employee Benefits, to answer your questions directly.

 


EPIC offers these opinions for general information only. EPIC does not intend this material to be, nor may any person receiving this information construe or rely on this material as, tax or legal advice. The matters addressed in this article and any related discussions or correspondence should be reviewed and discussed with legal counsel prior to acting or relying on these materials.

 

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Matt Marmorek

National Practice Leader, Global (Non-U.S.) Employee Benefits – Jersey City, NJ