If you’ve expanded into a foreign country, you’ve experienced the transition to a whole new set of laws and business regulations. Foreign laws governing business practices are frequently difficult to adjust to and sometimes quite frustrating. But once in a while, foreign business laws can also be downright surreal. Here are four favorites we’ve come across. We think you might learn something even from these head-scratchers.
By Michelle Mendykowski, PHR, Manager, Advisory Services, High Street Partners
“At-a-glance” developments from various jurisdictions
ELStAM now in use
A recent development in Germany prompts us to provide a short primer on a tax peculiarity in Europe.
Local German immigration offices are now accepting Blue Card applications for non-EU nationals. The Blue Card provides expedited application processing for highly skilled, non-European Union nationals seeking to live and work in Germany.
Employers in Germany should be aware of recent case law dealing with bonus entitlements.
Just set foot in Germany? While the differences from your home country may be visually apparent, it is the cultural differences when working with Germans that are subtler. A friendly “entschuldigung” (excuse me) along with a little small talk may get the conversation started, but there are some additional insights that are essential to your success while working in country.
Last week's webinar Doing Business in Germany: Avoiding Common Pitfalls encouraged a lot of discussion. There were several interesting questions from attendees for HSP's Germany experts; here are some of the highlights, and answers:
Does hiring an employee as a NRE create a permanent establishment in Germany?
With its openness to foreign investment and proximity to other key nations, Europe’s largest economy is a popular choice for international expansion and puts you in good company.