How to Hire and Pay Remote Workers Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

One of the many challenges facing businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is following through with plans to hire remote employees located abroad. Because the majority of foreign employees work remotely, this may actually seem easier than hiring an office-based employee during a quarantine period.

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However, assuming that a company still has a current need for the employee, there may be various restrictions that require creative solutions to onboard an overseas employee.  Adding to the problem is that travel, living and work restrictions are currently in a state of flux and subject to change at any time.

This overview will offer you the main issues to look out for as you proceed with your hiring plans and attempt to anticipate how countries may adapt with quarantines, employee benefits and health regulations.

What to Consider Before Hiring an Employee During the Pandemic

Before committing to a new employee, a company will want to evaluate any practical barriers or restrictions that might be in place in the employee’s location, as well as any health and safety regulations or benefits.

Employee’s Location and Local Restrictions/Benefits

Every country (and even states or municipalities) are imposing their own unique quarantine restrictions on residents and visitors that could inhibit an employee’s ability to work.  For example, if there is a ‘stay at home’ order, that would eliminate the option of shared workspaces commonly used by remote employees and would require stable connectivity and a suitable space to work from more


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