Showing posts from January 7, 2007

On Assignment

Everything is approved and now there's the paperwork to finish. It turns out that I'm not "relocating" to India, it's an "international secondment assignment." The short explanation is that I will be treated like a US Google employee while I'm there, and Google will "equalize" things so that I neither suffer nor gain financially from the assignment. At least that's the theory.

What this means in practice is that I will be paid in US dollars at my US rate, I will get credited for US holidays (though I will take local holidays), Google will provide a tax adviser and will be tax equalized. My medical coverage will be handled under a special expat plan. I get a $5ooo relocation allowance (taxable) to cover incidental expenses - appliances, decorating, seasonal clothing, tips for the movers, and things like that. I get a one way flight for me and my partner there, and another one when we return, plus one round trip per year (after we've…