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Global Benefits Forum – International assignments are a serious investment

By Julie Chung on July 18, 2018

GTN will be participating in the UnitedHealthcare Global, Global Benefits Forum, on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. This thought-leadership event will focus on international health, wellness, tax, and global mobility trends. Discover best practices and innovative solutions that will change the way you manage your globally mobile employees and prepare them for their international assignments.

The event will take place at the home of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Optum Lounge at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The event will begin at 8:30am with breakfast and networking and will conclude at 12:00pm (PST).

Click here to register. 

Brett Sipes GTNBrett Sipes, Managing Director for GTN Pacific will be discussing the variety of costs and risks for business travelers and your company, including tax and legal issues. Depending on the duration and location of the assignment, the employee may also incur individual income and social tax liabilities in the home and host country. In an era of cost cutting and budget control, it is more important than ever to know these costs in advance of a decision to send an employee on assignment.

Other speakers include:

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson, MD, MRCP, FNMCP, Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President at UnitedHealthcare Global.

Hilary Lyon, UHCGlobal Vice President of Clinical Strategy & Operations, who will be discussing Global Health Management Programs and how to manage members across domestic and international boundaries. It’s expensive to send an employee on an international work assignment, and Health issues are among the leading causes of expatriate failure. A Clinically Integrated Delivery Model considers the needs of the individual with complex and chronic conditions who will benefit from an integrated experience regardless of location. Explore how these programs can lead to improved quality of care and decreased costs, providing a continuity of care for the complex health needs of members and their dependents.

Chris Murff, UHCGlobal Vice President of Sales & Global Risk, who will be discussing Security and Assistance Solutions for an ever changing Global Market. In Chris’s current role, he is responsible for the UHC Global Risk & Security Operations line of business and also serves as the team lead for the Global Risk Emergency Evacuation Services. Chris has managed over 50 security and natural disaster evacuations, including evacuations in Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Japan, Sri Lanka, Caribbean, Ivory Coast, Nepal and many other locations. Chris will be sharing his stories and expertise within the Global Security and Assistance area.

To register for this event, click here. We hope to see you there!

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Topics: Global Mobility, Global Tax, Business Travelers, GTN Events

Author: Julie Chung

Julie has over 15 years experience providing expatriate tax advice to organizations of various sizes as they move employees around the world. She joined GTN in 2016 and serves as a Director for the GTN Pacific region in Southern California. She has extensive experience in advising on matters such as home and host country tax filing requirements, permanent establishment risks, global compensation reporting, cross border tax compliance & consulting, international payroll, shadow payroll, social security, compensation, stock-based incentive plans, policy development/design/advice, program structuring, rotators program, trailing tax liability management, cost projection, accounting for assignment costs, cost management, information reporting, tax treaty issues etc. She earned her Masters of Accounting from University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a California CPA. Away from work, Julie enjoys traveling, discovering new restaurants and spending time with her family.
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