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    Author David Livitt

     
    David Livitt is Global Practice Leader, Business Traveller & Remote Worker Solutions at GTN. He has over 18 years of experience in the area of mobility tax working with multinational companies of all sizes, assisting them and their employees to navigate the complexities that come with global mobility programs. With a view to managing corporate and employee individual tax compliance, there has been a growing trend to assist companies with their short-term business traveler populations to develop global governance structures, policy design, process management, and technology enabled solutions. David has successfully led and implemented a number of such global business traveler projects. +1.646.915.3301 | dlivitt@gtn.com
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    Tips for Handling Traveling Remote Employees and the Future of Business Travel

    As travel is slowly returning worldwide, and remote work is becoming truly remote, the key to having a successful remote workforce policy is to have a plan. Having an approach that essentially lets your employees freely choose where they work puts both the company and the employee at risk. And there are many risks ranging from health, duty of care, employee benefits, and insurance, to more operational aspects such as immigration, tax, payroll withholding, and social security. Below are some guidelines for how you can handle your traveling remote workforce.

    Brexit: A Very European Affair or Is It?

    In late December, the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) finally reached a Brexit agreement. This agreement, called the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), was approved on December 24, 2020 and is awaiting full ratification.

    Solving Risk and Compliance Concerns for your Mobile Workforce

    While COVID-19 continues to impact the world of business travel, there are still many companies with mobile workforces. Essential business trips didn’t stop when the pandemic hit for employees who continued to travel due to the nature of their job responsibilities. And in the current world climate, “mobile workforce” now includes remote working, work from anywhere, and commuting—all of which have seen an increase in popularity during the pandemic. While these work situations may be somewhat temporary, there are still tax risks and compliance requirements that need to be addressed.

    Is Business Travel Dead?

    Colleagues, peers, mobility professionals, and even my kids have asked me if COVID-19 means the end of business travel. And over the past two months, the traditional questions being asked have changed from a focus on business travel issues, the need to track business travelers, and how to manage the process, to questions about working through country travel bans, tax exemptions, and the immediate mobility tax risks of employees being in a location they might not have expected to be in. While we don’t have all the answers, we are working through these questions, determining next steps, and creating solutions together that can be used well into the future.

    COVID-19 and Global Mobility Tax Issues

    As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, many companies are beginning to issue travel bans on their staff—or certainly banning non-essential travel. Companies are also working to determine next steps for mobile employees who are on extended business trips or longer-term assignments. These employees may find themselves stranded in a location other than their Home country or their company may be trying to evacuate them from a “hot area.”

    What to anticipate in a Post-Brexit Europe

    UPDATED: February 7, 2020 

    On January 31, 2020 the UK left the EU and has entered into an 11-month transition period. Now that this departure has taken place, it is a good time to carefully review the impact this will undoubtedly have on employees assigned to the EU.