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Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsOctober 22, 2007

How do I prevent legal conflicts when hiring employees from abroad?

I'm planning to open a design business, however I want to hire some designers abroad. What legal steps should I take in order to have no legal conflicts? Should I pay social security benefits to them here? Or should all the benefits be paid in the country they are working in?
<P>The steps you need to take depend on whether you want to hire someone from overseas to work in the United States or want to contract with someone to perform services for you from their own location overseas.  If you are contracting with people overseas who will be performing the services there, it may not be necessary to pay social security benefits to them here (although it may be required by treaty that you pay into the foreign country's social benefits system on their behalf).  Your next steps should include consulting with an immigration attorney and the consulate/embassy of the country whose workers you want to hire.</P>

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.

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