How long can you work remotely abroad before it becomes a HR/Legal issue

How long can you work remotely abroad before it becomes a HR/Legal issue
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#1

I recently began a new job working remotely for a US company, my spouse is from Europe and we travel there frequently to visit family. For a previous job, I worked remotely from there for up to two weeks at a time about once a year without issue, but my new employer seems to think there are HR/Legal issues and are hesitant to allow me to do this. Does anyone know the rules on this?


#2

Hi mklauritzen, and congratulations on the new job!

Two weeks doesn’t sound like a terribly long time to work abroad, but I don’t know for sure whether there are any legal or tax implications.

As a fellow remote worker who loves the idea of working from Tuscany a couple of weeks each year, I’d be curious to know the answer to this as well :smile: Hoping someone else who has experience with this will chime in!


#3

I’ve done this as well, both when I ran my own business and as an employee.

In any remote situation, there can be tax issues because you’re often supposed to withhold/pay taxes in the place where the money is earned. Worker’s comp is another complication–what happens if you’re injured on the job? Then there are data/network security issues, which get more complicated with remote employees.

Businesses with remote employees and good legal/tax advisors work out these issues for the areas where their remotes live, but I could understand not wanting to deal with the complications of working temporarily overseas.

Not sure this would work, but in previous jobs with not-so-generous vacation policies, I’ve negotiated more time off in lieu of raises. If you’re doing a good job and they want to hang on to you, they might be amenable. Having both worked and vacationed in Europe…I’d much rather vacation!