Sending an employee on an overseas assignment is exciting for the expat but challenging for the employer. Many multinationals already have solid expatriate programs that tackle cross-border logistical issues (expat moving, housing, visa, family, benefits, payroll, repatriation). But too many multinationals gloss over the vital legal issue of expatriate assignment structure.
The quick-and-dirty approach to expatriate structuring and "seconding" is always tempting -- grab an assignment letter from some other expat's assignment, change the names, and make a few tweaks. You're good to go! Unfortunately, that approach creates real problems whenever that previous expat assignment was structured in a way that doesn't happen to be ideal this time around. There are five ways to structure an expat assignment or secondment; which one is the ideal one differs from situation to situation, even within a company:
This webinar will teach you how to how structure an expat assignment from the ground up. We will take on the key concepts that come into in play when deciding which is the most appropriate structure -- for example: social security totalization treaties, international new-hires, permanent establishment, shadow payroll, intra-company charge backs, Global Employment Companies, intra-company expat agreements, and choice-of-law in the expat context.
Donald C. Dowling, Jr., International Employment Counsel, White & Case LLP
Donald C. Dowling, Jr., White & Case LLP, International Employment Counsel, concentrates his practice on cross-border human resources law issues for multinational employers. Don is one of two lawyers in the US ranked in the top tier (“Leading”) in the only competitive ranking of international labor/employment lawyers, London-based PLC Which Lawyer?, and he is ranked by Chambers as one of the top 34 Labor & Employment lawyers in New York. Multinationals globalizing their business operations increasingly need to align certain aspects of employment law compliance across borders, and Don has over 15 years of experience managing multiple-jurisdiction employment law compliance initiatives.