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HOT TOPIC FRIDAY: In the age of remote work, have you become a multinational company by accident? Planning for compliance fallout

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Coronavirus lockdown requirements have forced a staggering number of companies to ask their employees to work from home. This widespread adoption of remote working will almost certainly normalize the practice for many multinational companies — and cultures — that had previously shunned it. Many employees will in turn want to continue working from home so they can achieve greater work-life balance, live in desirable areas, and get other associated benefits.

Much of the available guidance on implementing remote-work policies and practices focuses on promoting employee engagement, communication, and productivity. This is understandable and appropriate, but there is another critical and often overlooked element to managing a remote workforce, especially when managing remote workers in other countries: compliance with local laws. Employing a single person who works from home in another country puts your organization at risk of triggering obligations related to corporate and individual tax, social security, work permits, visas and more.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  •  Permanent establishment principles
  • When you need to apply for visas and work permits
  • Individual income and social security obligations in home and host countries
  • Tax equalization and shadow payrolls
  • Data protection considerations
  • Developing remote working policies and more



Katie Davies
VP International Solution Development & Advisory Services


Boston-based Katie Davies is an experienced advisor with over 25 years consulting experience within professional services.  With an entrepreneurial and client centric approach, Katie has advised corporates, private equity “deal makers” and other professional advisors on the operational requirements and practical considerations for companies expanding internationally and / or undertaking international commercial transactions that span multiple countries (including carve outs arising from M&A activity).


As a technical advisor herself she is able to provide advice on many of the inter-related technical challenges that arise out of these transactions from a tax, HR, global mobility and legal related (such as, data protection) perspective.  Key areas of focus are on ensuring that entities transact and operate compliantly while managing commercially acceptable levels of risk along with cost mitigation, contributing to the increase of shareholder value.


Saul Howerton
Vice President, Advisory


Saul Howerton leads Vistra’s Global HR and Mobility Advisory Services and Vistra’s U.S. Tax Services, as well as being responsible for oversight and delivery of all advisory services to U.S.-based clients. With more than a decade leading consultancy teams and providing advice himself, Saul’s expertise spans a broad range of technical areas, from HR and global mobility to international tax and legal-related areas such as corporate governance and entity establishment.
Saul specializes in helping high-growth companies overcome challenges related to international expansion and operations. He has deep experience providing advice on entity structuring and the outsourcing of back-office finance, accounting, HR and other consulting services.


Saul joined the international expansion services firm Radius (formerly High Street Partners) in 2008, rising to the position of Global Chief of Staff, Advisory and thereafter Vice President, Advisory as the global practice leader. Vistra acquired Radius in 2018, and Saul was appointed to his current role in late 2019.


Prior to his time at Radius and Vistra, Saul held various operations and finance roles. These included a two-year stint as Senior P&L Analyst at Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for analyzing business trends, reporting quarterly results and forecasting for key product lines.

Event Details:

Friday, June 26 @Noon


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CPE Credits

One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: TBA

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