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What Are the Pros and Cons of Returning to the Office?

While remote work provides many conveniences, the office offers an ‘interpersonal glue’ that is difficult to replicate when working from home. As McDermott Partner Tina Martini notes in this Chicago Lawyer article, there are countless opportunities to develop professional and personal relationships in the office.

“I don’t think I would be where I am today as an attorney and professional if I didn’t have these chances,” Martini said.

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Tax Guidance Needed as Remote Work Grows, Panelist Says

How should the federal and state governments approach remote work taxation? In this Law360 article, McDermott partner Kathleen Quinn says the growing complexity of remote work highlights the need for guidance.

“What’s becoming even more problematic is now, we don’t just have people that work in a New York office and they traditionally work from home from New Jersey,” Quinn said. “Now, people are saying, ‘Well, I’m going to work from New Jersey, then in the winter I’m going to work from Florida…and then maybe for a month I’ll go to Europe.’ It really becomes sort of a withholding mess.”

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Global Employment Law Update

Employment law continues to evolve, and it can be a challenge amid an ever-changing landscape of local employment laws for human resources executives and employment counsel at multinational businesses to maintain a consistent global corporate culture.

McDermott’s Global Employment Law Update brings you the key highlights from across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin and North America. Developed in collaboration with peer firms operating in more than 50 countries, this resource guide contains summaries of the laws and significant court decisions that impacted employers and employees all over the world. It includes:

  • COVID-19 legislative updates
  • Remote work and telecommuting policies
  • Data privacy protections
  • Minimum wage and salary compensation updates
  • Changes to labor protection laws
  • Sexual harassment modifications

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Hoping to Keep Working Remotely? Here’s How to Convince Your Boss

As more businesses reopen in the wake of COVID-19, many employees are seeking to continue their remote work arrangements indefinitely.

In this Los Angeles Times article, McDermott partner Michelle S. Strowhiro suggests employees share their wishes with their employer sooner instead of later.

“Now is the time to help shape those policies,” Strowhiro notes.

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Lasting Remote Work May Create Cross-Border Tax Issues

As teleworking evolves from necessity to norm, companies with long-term remote workers abroad are facing the expiration of countries’ taxation grace periods—offered at the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic—and, in their place, potentially nebulous cross-border tax complications.

In a recent article for Law360, McDermott partner David Noren discusses employer tax considerations related to remote workforces.

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Predictions on the Long-Term Outlook for Remote Work

With a second wave of COVID-19 infections forecasted by some experts and many companies actually seeing improvements in productivity as their employees work from home, it’s very possible that the current state of affairs could become a new normal, with companies either continuing remote work indefinitely or at least revisiting their existing policies around occasional remote work.

TechStaffer polled business leaders and managers, including McDermott partner Carole Spink, to get input on where their organizations stand on their long-term outlook for remote work.

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Uniformity Needed in State Teleworking Guidance, Practitioners Say

The patchwork of teleworking guidance issued by states during the COVID-19 pandemic is creating withholding challenges for employers that could be unconstitutional, according to tax practitioners.

In a recent article in Tax Notes, McDermott partner Alysse McLoughlin outlined employer tax concerns amid an increasingly remote workforce.

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Launching Advanced Talent Acquisition Tools to Tackle Global Employer Recruiting Challenges in the Wake of COVID-19

In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic initially created mass redundancies, as many employers, especially those in hard-hit industries like travel, accommodation and entertainment, were forced to part with talented employees they would normally retain. This sudden pressure to downsize created a glut of available talent composed of the most qualified pool of workers in recent memory. Faced with an uncertain future, these candidates were highly motivated to secure new employment right away.

In McDermott’s latest installment of International News, partner Richard Scharlat is joined by AC Lion’s Alan Cutter to explore the cutting-edge strategies employed by recruiters to facilitate the efficient and targeted placement of talent amid the global health crisis.

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