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11 February 2019

Global Payroll Headaches And How To Avoid Them

I’m often asked by companies what the experience is like paying people in other countries, and what are the global payroll headaches. For me preparation is always the key. A lot depends on how many people you plan to have in each country, (is it just a few or hundreds), the size of your business […]

15 January 2019

South Africa’s First Minimum Wage: Not Everyone Is Happy

Dealing with employees outside of your home country continues to become more complex, with South Africa the latest country to introduce a minimum wage. The new law came into play at the start of January. According to the Department of Labour, all workers who are not in the farm/forestry, domestic sectors, extended public works programme, […]

17 December 2018

Are payroll providers responsible when things go wrong?

Employers and payroll providers are awaiting judgement on a landmark case that could see payroll providers liable for employer errors Sharmalee Goonewardene, who was an employee of a travel company in California, sued her employers due to errors in her time sheets amounting to over $6,000. She accused them of discrimination, missed overtime, missed breaks […]

10 December 2018

Payroll contributes to positive company culture

It will come as no surprise that company culture affects every aspect of business, from the public’s overall perception of a brand to employees’ job satisfaction. Company culture entails many important elements, including company vision, values, communication, work environment, management style and much more. However, there is one other element, which often doesn’t get much […]

29 October 2018

Are you in control of your UK employees?

We have previously touched upon the fact that Europe infamously has the most complex payroll systems in the world, according to the CIPP (Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals). Looking at the continent as a whole is futile, as each of the 44 countries has its own quirks and complexities which make it unique (and sometimes […]

26 October 2018

Failure of Gagging Orders and Non Disclosure Agreements?

Injunction proves irrelevant as Non Disclosure Agreements exposed as having been used to cover up wrongdoing rather than to protect commercial confidentiality. The current furore surrounding the outing of leading British businessman Sir Philip Green in the UK parliament amid sexual harassment and racial abuse claims has highlighted how Non Disclosure agreements are being used […]

17 September 2018

The Back Breaking Cost of Back Pain in the US

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work; 80 percent of the general population will suffer from a severe episode of lower back pain at least once in their lifetime. It’s one of the most common workplace injuries and costs the US $100 billion every year. Cross the pond to the […]

23 July 2018

Lush admits to a massive payroll error due to their failure to upgrade their payroll system

We often write on this blog about the importance of auditing your payroll and ensuring it’s always up to scratch, for the sake of your company’s reputation but more significantly, for the sake of your employees. Well, we now have hard proof of why this is so crucial, as demonstrated by popular cosmetics retailer Lush […]

25 January 2018

Would you go off-piste and pay your employees in a cryptocurrency such as bitcoin?

From next month (February 2018) a Japanese web company will introduce the opportunity for its employee to receive a percentage of their salary in Bitcoin, the infamous cryptocurrency. GMO Internet Group will enable staff to convert anything from 10,000 to 100,000 yen of their monthly wage into Bitcoin, and doing so will also entitle them […]

3 January 2018

Europe’s diverse and complicated payroll climate

Ahhh, Europe. Home of Paris, parliament, pubs, parachutes and…payroll. Really complicated payroll. Recent research conducted alongside the CIPP (Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals) has revealed that Europe is home to the most complex payroll systems in the world. When you delve into the 44 countries that make up the continent it quickly becomes evident that […]

19 December 2017

The tax system in Norway: do you know your feriepenger from your skattemeldingen?

The way tax is calculated and paid varies from nation to nation. International companies who place employees abroad must ensure that they are always up to date on protocol and compliancy in every country they deal with. We often read in the news about how our Scandinavian counterparts have the best quality of life on […]

31 May 2017

If everyone in Britain had payroll errors.

With a recent survey revealing that half of the US workforce, some 82 Million US Workers, have experienced Paycheck errors is there anything that can be done to improve the image of payroll? The errors are equivalent to more than one payroll error for everyone that lives in the UK . It seems not being […]

15 May 2017

Masters of payroll ready to rock world’s largest expo

The American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress kicks off today, and IRIS FMP’s international payroll specialists will be on hand to give help and advice to the thousands of payroll professionals who may find the administration of American employees abroad a real challenge. The theme this year is ‘Payroll Rocks the World’ and this is certainly […]

5 May 2017

Things to consider when hiring employees in multiple countries

When a company has the requirement to hire employees in other countries, they are required to comply with the countries payroll procedures and regulations as well as their HR laws just as they would with employees based in their own country. With expertise needed in country-specific tax and employment laws, and the effects of exchange […]

10 April 2017

Death of foreign exchange drives global payroll payment switch

Foreign Exchange is dead. Long live Global Payroll Payments. Not long ago companies looking to expand overseas were faced with an expensive dilemma. Setting up employees overseas has always been tricky, but international Payroll, HR and Finance teams were stung by the traditional monopoly of the big banks when it came to the banking and […]