Blog - Global Payroll


10 September 2018

How to get global expansion right and achieve success

Having a brilliant idea and the money to execute it is one thing. Having the specialized advice and knowledge behind you to make it work is another.  When it comes to expanding your company globally, the logistics, practicalities, skill and knowledge required to make it a success can make even the best and most clear […]

4 September 2018

National Payroll Week has arrived in the United States

National Payroll week in the USA does not overlap with Labor Day by coincidence. The first Monday in September honours the social and economic achievements of workers in America, and celebrates the contributions that they have made to the country. Similarly, National Payroll Week, which began yesterday on Labor Day, “highlights the achievements and symbiotic […]

23 August 2018

Great news for Luxembourg – minimum wage has risen!

Great news for Luxembourgians! At the start of this month minimum wage rose in Luxembourg due to the compulsory indexation of salaries. This is a mechanism intended to preserve purchasing power whereby earnings increase by 2.5% when the cost of living rises to a certain threshold. The new changes see monthly minimum take home for […]

13 August 2018

Crtitical Time To Rebalance Your European Workforce?

Is it time to rebalance your European workforce? US companies with a European presence will need to consider things carefully as HSBC becomes the first to jump as a potential no deal Brexit approaches. The ability of businesses to strategically understand and plan HR and Payroll as part of political and regulatory developments in Europe […]

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 […]

16 July 2018

California passes the USA’s toughest data privacy law to date

It may only be July, but already it’s been a busy year in the data protection world. Back in May (and during the approaching weeks and months), GDPR dominated headlines the world over, as the EU brought in their new regulation to hand control of their personal data back to the data subjects. GDPR is […]

9 July 2018

Is it time to consider expanding into Japan?

There has never been a better time to consider expanding your company into Japan. Not only are minds opening to immigrants and foreign workers, but there is now infrastructure in place to actively help those wishing to do so. Countries all over the world continually rely on foreign workers and investment to keep industries and […]

20 June 2018

Reward 300 highlights UK’s most influential leaders

Justin Cottrell, IRIS FMP’s inspirational chief executive, has yet again been included in the prestigious index of leading professionals, Reward 300. The Reward 300 index covers the payroll, HR, employee benefits and workplace pensions and associated services sectors. The Rewards 300 index was revealed in London in June and celebrates the leading lights in the […]

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 […]