by Brian Smeenk
Does your company send employees into other countries? Do you employ foreign nationals in international aassignments? These situations have their own, unique complexities and legal issues. To be successful in managing its employees abroad, employers need to have an employment relationship that protects both its company and its employees. Let’s look at some of the key issues you’ll face in these situations.
1. Which company will be the employer? Do you want your American company to be the employer or should a related company in the foreign country be the employer? The answer to that question could affect which laws will apply as well as the length of service that will be recognized, applicable benefit plans, and other terms and conditions of employment.