Nearly two years have passed since nations began closing their borders to control the spread of COVID-19 among their local populations. Working remotely in foreign countries made it easier for many employees to take care of families, home-school their children, and be with faraway relatives. Now, what may have initially been an experiment or stopgap measure has become the preferred work-life existence for these expat workers.
But making a temporary international remote work arrangement a permanent situation poses legal consequences affecting compensation, income taxes, job benefits, and healthcare. Multinational workers and their employers need to know their rights and responsibilities, which can be difficult without knowing if the host countries’ or home countries’ laws apply to their employment relationships.
Outten & Golden partner Wendi Lazar and associate Cody Yorke routinely counsel clients on expatriate employment issues. Reuters Legal News recently published an article in which they discuss the issues remote workers and employers should consider when contemplating remote work abroad.