5 Ways To Avoid Employee Misclassification Suits Abroad

Law360, San Diego (July 27, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT) -- Hiring an independent contractor may seem like a smart way for U.S. multinational businesses to save money when they want to expand into a new market abroad, but the move could leave companies vulnerable to costly claims of employee misclassification by international courts and labor agencies.

Many courts and regulators in Europe, Latin America and Asia are finding that companies that have mislabeled workers as independent contractors instead of employees not only have to pay fines, but are on the hook for providing back overtime pay,...
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