Employers are facing increasing numbers of requests from employees who want to work remotely abroad, both in the long and short term. The pandemic has brought both the possibilities and benefits associated with remote working into sharper focus and has encouraged many employees to request arrangements that they might not have thought possible little more than a year ago.
Employers are generally sympathetic to these requests and keen to facilitate them where possible, although sometimes the practical risks and costs can be prohibitive. In the war for talent, allowing employees to work remotely from another country can help to give employers a competitive edge as well as reducing staff turnover and improving morale. In this session, IEL welcomes a panel of Lewis Silkin’s leading lawyers to consider:
- The challenges and pitfalls of employees wishing to work from abroad;
- Tax and social security implications of a remote workforce;
- Complying with local employment rights and immigration issues; and
- The key practical steps to minimise the risk of legal disputes.
Victoria Goode, Consultant Partner, Reward, Lewis Silkin (London, UK)
Victoria has a very diverse practice and advises employers of various sizes and from various sectors on all aspects of employee remuneration. The type of issues she deals with include: employment tax and national insurance compliance; drafting and implementing annual and long term cash schemes; advising on and drafting equity incentive plans; the UK tax and social security implications of internationally mobile employees; and corporate governance issues such as how to structure remuneration so that it is compliant with regulatory requirements particularly for the financial services sector. She also advises employees and members of partnerships on the implications of their reward or termination packages.
Victoria wrote the Practical Law practice notes on the Remuneration Code for banks, building societies, and investment firms and the AIFM Remuneration Code for alternative investment fund managers and updates the chapter on termination payments in Tolley’s Tax Planning annually.
Linda Hynes, Partner, Employment, Lewis Silkin (Dublin, Ireland)
Linda advises on all aspects of Irish employment law from recruitment to termination and everything in between. Her expertise includes advising on grievances, investigations and disciplinary procedures. Linda also advises multinationals and employers on changes to terms and conditions, unfair dismissals, payment of wages claims, restructuring and transfer of undertakings. She is a certified practitioner in Data Protection and advises clients on data protection compliance including dealing with access requests and data breaches, transfers of data abroad and using data for marketing purposes.
Colin Leckey, Partner, Employment, Lewis Silkin (London, UK)
Colin advises clients from all industry sectors, with a particular focus on financial services, professional services, and technology. He has expertise in platform or “gig” economy matters, working on high-profile employment status disputes, and advises regularly on trade union and collective rights matters. He has a keen interest in cross-border work, co-organising Lewis Silkin’s annual Managing an International Workforce conference.
Colin has regularly spoken at internal and external conferences and contributes to a wide range of publications on employment law issues. He leads Lewis Silkin’s work on remote overseas working, equal pay, gender pay gap, executive pay gap, and modern slavery reporting. He was voted the Lexology Client Choice UK Employment Lawyer of the Year 2020 by in-house counsel.
Rosie Moore, Associate, Employment, Lewis Silkin (London, UK)
Rosie advises clients on a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. Her experience includes supporting employers in relation to disciplinaries and grievances, dismissals, redundancies, and TUPE transfers, as well as drafting and reviewing employment contracts and handbooks and advising on remote overseas working.
She advises both employers and individuals in relation to exit negotiations and settlement agreements, as well as assisting clients with litigation in the employment tribunal.
Supinder Singh, Partner, Immigration, Lewis Silkin (London, UK)
Supinder deals with all areas of UK business, sport, high-net-worth immigration, and global mobility coordination. He advises across industry sectors with a particular focus on technology, financial services, engineering, charities, and pharma. He has over 15 years of experience advising corporate clients on UK inbound immigration and global mobility programmes and specialises in all aspects of the UK’s points-based immigration system and support sponsor license holders with Home Office audits and assurance calls.
Supinder is a member of the Immigration Lawyers Practitioners Association (ILPA) and the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Prior to joining Lewis Silkin, he was a partner in the immigration team at an international law firm for eight years.
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Wednesday, 20 October 2021
4.00pm BST / 5.00pm CEST / 11.00am EDT