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Employment Contracts for use in other countries

Employment? The foundation of your business' profit or the nightmare to end all nightmares?

Employment law is a very complex area of the law in almost every country in the world and there are few areas of the law where the differences between the technical/legal requirements in your own country and those in the country where you are wantingf to do business will be as marked or as important.

Not only can failure to comply with the proper legal procedures relating to employment cost you a great deal in fines or civil penalties but the inevitable ill feeling created between you and your employees can seriously damage your business.

Our local member will be pleased to help guide you through this minefield. In order to do so, he may need to talk to your lawyer and/or accountant or tax advisor in your own country. This is particularly so if the person concerned is going to have a role in both countries.

Good legal advice can help in several ways:

  • An initial meeting (by telephone conference call, by video conference or face-to-face) to discuss the local requirements, culture and expectations when it comes to both hiring and firing. Now is also a good time to discuss how you are going to comply with all of the ongoing formalities associated with employment in that country. This meeting should take place as early as possible in your planning process as there maybe changes that it would be sensible to make to your proposed structure in order to simplify the whole process.

  • Drafting all of the necessary employment contracts and other documents.

  • Managing your ongoing relationship with the local employment and tax authorities.

Employing people requires a detailed knowledge of local law, local customs, local taxes and local business methods as well as the same level of knowledge about the law and tax systems in your own country. We cannot stress enough that it is the interaction - and sometimes conflict - between the two systems that creates most of the potential problems and many of the best potential opportunities for saving you time, trouble and money. The savings and improvements in business performance can be huge!

Next steps

Please look at the Legal Guides, videos, MP3 seminars and other materials set out to the right of this page.

If you would like us to help you, please complete our Client Pack and send it back to us. We will contact you to clarify your requirements and then introduce you to the person most appropriate to deal with your case.

If you do not find the information that you need, please send us an email explaining your problem and we will contact you.

© The International Law Partnership Ltd. Page last revised 5 Feb 2010

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