Remote employees working overseas bring with them numerous HR implications. Source: Unsplash

Cameron Shepherd

Remote, overseas workers: What are the HR implications for employers?

Cameron Shepherd
Remote Work
5 minute Read

With the continuation of hybrid work, there has been a massive spike in people working remotely — and even overseas. But what are the hidden HR implications that Australian businesses need to consider when their employees work internationally?

We’ve revealed a list 10 pitfalls catching employers out with staff based overseas, and how to overcome them:

The below is general advice only and not official legal advice.

Steps to take when hiring overseas, remote workers


Ground rules

In many cases, work performed overseas will be subject to local laws which differ vastly from country to country. The obligations of an organisation when it comes to employing people minimum rates of pay (and how it is paid), annual and personal leave, taxation, pension and/or insurance contributions may be vastly different to those in Australia, and therefore it is strongly recommend companies thinking of employing staff overseas first speak to an expert in the workplace law for the relevant country before taking any other steps.

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