Here Katie Ash, Head of Employment Law at Banner Jones Solicitors, explains what you need to know.
Summer is fast approaching, and so is the desire to work somewhere sunny, somewhere abroad – but can you do that when your employer is based in the UK? Our new guide looks at everything you should consider before making your decision.
Precautions and practical considerations when looking to work abroad
There are a wide variety of issues you should consider and evaluate before embarking on your remote working journey. This guide examines each of the below issues:
Employer Approval and Communication
Before embarking on remote work from another country, it is essential to obtain explicit approval from your employer. Discuss your intentions, clarify any concerns or expectations, and ensure that the arrangement aligns with company policies and procedures.
Employment Contract and Terms
The first step is to review your employment contract and any relevant policies or agreements with your employer. Some employment contracts may contain specific clauses addressing remote work or working from abroad. It is essential to understand the terms and conditions surrounding remote work and whether any geographical restrictions apply.
Employment Rights and Benefits
While working remotely, UK employees retain their rights and benefits under UK employment law. These include rights related to working hours, rest breaks, annual leave, and protection against discrimination. It is crucial to ensure that remote working arrangements do not compromise these rights and that your employer supports compliance with applicable laws.
Data Security and Privacy
Remote work requires careful consideration of data security and privacy. Ensure that you have the necessary cybersecurity measures in place to protect sensitive company information and personal data. Familiarise yourself with the data protection laws of both the UK and the country you plan to work from.
Immigration and Work Permits
When working from another country, it is vital to comply with that country’s immigration and work permit requirements.
“Simply travelling to another country as a tourist and working remotely without the necessary permits may be illegal and could have serious consequences.”
Working remotely in another country may have tax implications, both in the UK and the country you plan to work from. Tax residency rules and double taxation treaties come into play, and it is advisable to seek professional advice to understand your tax obligations in both jurisdictions.
Cultural and Legal Differences
Each country has its own cultural norms, legal system, and employment practices. Take the time to familiarise yourself with the local customs, work culture, and legal framework of the country you will be working in. This understanding will help you navigate potential challenges and ensure respectful and compliant behaviour.
While the concept of working remotely from another country may seem enticing, it is essential to navigate the legal landscape and our experts at Banner Jones can help you.