Post Hardship Differential [Department of State Standardized Regulations] Law and Legal Definition

Post hardship differential refers to the additional compensation over basic compensation granted to employees at differential posts.

Hardship differential is designed to provide additional compensation to employees for service at places in foreign areas where conditions of environment differ substantially from conditions of environment in the continental United States and warrant additional compensation as a recruitment and retention incentive. It is paid as a percentage of basic compensation in 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35% increments.