While this article is a timely reminder of an Employer's duty of care to employees being sent on overseas assignments, there are some things closer to home that need to be considered:

- Does your corporate culture allow people to speak up with their concerns?

- Does your corporate insurance program cover de facto same-sex partners? If your policy is written in Australia this is something worth checking.

- If you offer medical benefits, again, does this cover de facto same-sex partners?

- Does the overseas country you're sending people to recognise same-sex partners for spousal work visas?

It's unfortunate that in 2016 these things have to be checked, but a couple of minutes of research can save serious hardship for your people when they need help.