Employment portability and compliance considerations when managing a global remote workforce

27 July 2021
The recent pandemic inadvertently created the most extensive work from home experiment in modern times.


Webinar date: Tues 27 July  - 11am BST | 1pm EDT

This widespread adoption of remote working is normalising remote working for many multinational companies and cultures that had previously shunned it. Many employees are expecting to be able to continue working from home so they can achieve a better work-life balance, live in desirable areas and attain other associated benefits.

Significant guidance has been published on implementing remote-work policies and practices and focuses on promoting employee engagement, better communication and productivity. However, we are finding many employers are overlooking critical elements to managing a remote workforce across borders related to compliance with local laws. Employing even a single person who works from home in another country puts your organisation at risk of triggering obligations related to corporate and individual tax, social security, work permits and more.

Some of these cross-border compliance risks were somewhat limited during the pandemic, with some authorities deferring income tax, social security and other deadlines to provide relief to individuals and employers. However, as we see countries opening up and global economic conditions revert to normal, enforcement is already becoming more stringent. The related compliance risks of maintaining a cross-border remote workforce will continue to increase.

In this webinar, our experts will tell you what you need to consider when managing a remote workforce worldwide and employing remote workers in another country, so you can lower your compliance risks while retaining your valued employees. 

Here’s some of what they’ll cover:

  • Global Mobility: Tracking and identifying your “Extended Business Travelers”, considerations when allowing employees to work from a location other than where legally employed, tax equalisation, and individual income / social security obligations in home and host countries
  • Immigration: When do you need to apply for visas, work permits, and posted worker notifications
  • HR: Compensation & Benefits, developing remote working policies, duty of care, and performance management
  • Payroll:  Payroll mechanisms / accessibility and shadow payroll requirements
  • Tax: Permanent establishment principles and corporate entity structures  
  • Legal: Data privacy & protection