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18 June 2018

France is preparing for a new withholding tax in 2019

At the start of 2019 things are going to change for companies with employees in France. On January 1st of next year, a withholding tax on the incomes of resident employees will come into effect. A withholding tax is an income tax that is paid to the government by the employer, rather than by the […]

23 May 2018

Top 3 Most Complex Tax Systems in the World!

Payroll is hard. Working on payroll in a country that isn’t your own is really hard. Of all the countries in the world, navigating the tax structures of France, Italy and Belgium are the most difficult. According to the Global Payroll Complexity Index, these three EU nations are considered to have the most complex payroll […]

20 April 2018

Global Payroll Awards superstar shortlisted for top slot

The Global Payroll Awards has shortlisted International payroll and HR specialist IRIS FMP  for the 2018 GPA Global Payroll Supplier of the Year. The international Global Payroll Awards  event, this year held in Lisbon, celebrates technical excellence and professional development amongst companies and their payroll teams operating internationally. In 2016 IRIS FMP won the Judges […]

29 March 2018

How Will IRIS FMP Keep Your Data GDPR Compliant?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is about to drop! Is your business ready? If you’re one of the thousands of people using IRIS FMP’s products and services, you can trust that your payroll is compliant. GDPR is a challenge in many ways, and needs to be taken seriously by all organisations who operate within […]

28 March 2018

The world just got smaller as the first direct flight between Australia and the UK lands in London

At the weekend (March 25th 2018) history was made when Qantas Flight QF9 completed its non-stop 9,009 mile journey from Perth to London in just over 17 hours. This is a far cry from the earliest Qantas flights between the two countries, which originally took four days and required seven stops! In recent years there […]

27 March 2018

Why Do Some Countries Have More Complex Payroll Than Others?

According to the Global Payroll Complexity Index, France has the most complex payroll system on the planet. At the other end of the scale you’ll find Malaysia and much of Asia. But why is this? What makes some payroll runs more complex? List of Countries by Payroll Complexity France Italy Belgium Bosnia & Herzegovina Singapore […]

16 March 2018

Turbulent times for Russia: Putin’s running for President again and international relations wobble following a Russian nerve agent being used on an ex-spy in the UK

At the weekend (Sunday 18th March 2018) Russia is heading to the polls for the first round of their presidential election. After announcing that he would be running for a fourth term back in December 2017, Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win, consistently receiving high percentages in opinion polls since the last election in 2012. […]

3 March 2018

Awards season is underway, so what makes an award-winning HR and payroll provider?

Awards Season is in full swing and all eyes are on the front runners of the film and television industry. In 2018 we’ve seen the Golden Globes, the Grammy Awards and the BAFTAs amongst others, and tomorrow (Sunday 4th March 2018) is the 90th annual Academy Awards (Oscars). Whilst we have been thinking about the […]

26 February 2018

Refreshingly good solution drives African water aid effort

It’s amazing how a simple act at work can create some good in the world, especially if it involves water aid. None more so than at IRIS FMP, where the company’s search for a new office water supplier has unexpected water aid benefits for people thousand of miles away. The team chose AquAid for drinking […]

22 February 2018

The Winter Olympics in South Korea have got us thinking about working with people all over the world

As the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea come to a close in a couple of days’ time, there is much to reflect upon. Here’s a round up of just a few things that we saw during the Games: North and South Korea came out in front of the world as a united force during […]

21 February 2018

GDPR is the tip of an iceberg of change in global payroll this year

International payroll is changing this year. A lot. And with GDPR the tip of an iceberg of change, global payroll managers will have a lot to deal with. For companies who have employees working in other countries global payroll compliance yet again has moved on, none more so than in Europe. If you’ve made your […]

16 February 2018

The Chinese Lunar New Year poses difficulties for international companies

Today (Friday 16th February) marks the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Across East Asia many employees will have this time as holiday, and the nature of this varies from country to country.  These discrepancies can make payroll for this period confusing, particularly if your company is based elsewhere but employs people across the […]

6 February 2018

Incentives so important for Payroll people

The recent IRIS FMP all staff event provided a classic example of how to effectively use incentives and celebration to create a motivated workforce. I’ve written many times before about payroll people being the unsung heroes in most businesses, keeping employees happy through a relentless determination to ensure pay arrives on time, every time. I’ve […]

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 […]

15 January 2018

2018 presents the chance for a few too many sporting sickies

2018 is going to be a big year for international sporting events. In February, Korea is hosting PyeongChang 2018, more commonly known as the Winter Olympics. Then fast forward a few months to June and July and our attention will be on Russia and the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup. It’s an exciting year to […]

9 January 2018

Minimum wage has changed in 18 American states – are you complying with each and every new law?

Many Americans have rung in the new year with a pay rise as 18 states have started 2018 by implementing a higher minimum wage. The United States has a federal (nationwide) minimum wage of $7.25, a figure that has not been revised since July 2009. However, individual states may also set their own minimum wages. […]

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 […]

15 December 2017

Christmas around the world

Christmas is right around the corner and over 2 billion people are winding down from work, enjoying the build up to the festivities and looking forward to a much needed rest. So, what about the other 5 billion habitants of our blue and green planet? It may surprise you to learn that Christmas Day is […]