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Employee Status

Do you employ staff? How about contractors? Or consultants? If the answer is yes, you need to be aware of the distinctions between these and how they differ in legal terms. You also need to know the contractual, legal and tax risks to your organisation if you get someone’s status wrong. ​​

And as the picture is changing all the time, it’s important to understand the latest thinking when it comes to legislation and best practice. ​

We also advise self-employed people and consultant businesses on their status regarding professional service companies; contractors with continual service with one employer; and, where a particular industry or business is vulnerable or volatile, provide an advice helpline to give people a better picture of the risks and opportunities that come with their work.​

Our team of legal experts regularly advise businesses on the status and structure of their workforce, highlighting the commercial advantages and potential liabilities. Our services range from full workforce audits to advising on the status of individual employees, workers and contractors. And we advise businesses on the impact of local legislative changes in labour law and workers’ rights.

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Companies have always employed a contingent of remote workers abroad, including expatriates on long-term assignments, home office workers sent for temporary duties or local nationals with on-the-ground expertise.
Companies have many reasons for hiring a small number of employees, or even just one, in a country where they don’t have an existing presence.
For companies exploring the possibility of doing business in a new country, providing benefits to a handful of local employees can be a thorny issue, particularly when it comes to benefits that aren’t required by law.
When hiring a small number of employees in another country, many organisations use an employer of record, or EOR. The EOR firm hires the employees and manages their benefits, while the organisation manages the employees’ day-to-day responsibilities.
Whether you’re a tech start-up expanding into another country for the first time, an established multinational or a private equity firm preparing to acquire part of another company, you need to know your options for employing workers across borders.
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