Independent contractors or freelancers are self-employed individuals who provide services to companies as a non-employee. This is one of the most common ways companies tend to hire non-local designers, engineers, support reps, etc.
For legal and tax purposes, independent contractors are not classified as employees. They may work for multiple clients, set their own work hours, negotiate their pay rate, and decide how a job gets done.
For example, the IRS says that if an independent contractor or freelancer does work that can be controlled (what will be done and how it will be done) by an employer then they are, in fact, classified as an employee.
As you can imagine, hiring someone as an independent contractor versus an employee is a fine line to tread.
While there are benefits when you choose the contractor route, there are quite a few drawbacks to consider and you’ll need to weigh them carefully to determine the best fit for your company.
A foreign subsidiary is a company that operates overseas as part of a larger company who’s HQ is in another country.
Establishing a foreign entity is great for having an international presence and accessing new markets. Though, setting up a subsidiary in Anguilla can be expensive, stressful, and time-consuming. It's not for the faint of heart.
To set up a subsidiary in Anguilla you have to:
If you're lucky, this process can take months. If you're not so lucky, it can take up to a year. And on average, it costs about $50k-$80k, all-in-all, to get setup. And that's just for Anguilla.
An employer-of-record (EOR) is a company that hires and pays an employee on behalf of another company.
An EOR is typically used to overcome the financial and regulatory hurdles that often come with employing remote workers.
Each country has its own payroll, employment, and work permit requirements for non-resident companies doing business in their jurisdiction. Meeting those demands can be a huge obstacle when it comes to hiring remotely.
At Panther, we help companies employ and pay people in over 160 countries, without having to set up a foreign subsidiary. Payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and more are all handled by us, at a fraction of the cost.
Outside of saving you months and tens of thousands of dollars, other advantages of using Panther are:
Because you no longer have to set up your own subsidiary, you’ll save a ton of time and tens of thousands of dollars using Panther.
Paying employees in Anguilla is not the same as paying workers in your own country. Employees have to be paid using Anguilla's employment and payroll standards.
This means that you have to know, understand, and keep up with 1) fluctuating currency changes, and 2) local payroll and tax laws in the countries you’re looking to hire in.
Outside of the laws and regulations around payroll, there may be different conditions surrounding leave, overtime, termination, and more. As you can imagine, maintaining this kind of regulatory knowledge can be challenging. But it is crucial and necessary to follow local legislation.
After, you’ll have to determine the best way to pay your international employees. This can be done in a number of ways, including but not limited to:
One of the most challenging (and expensive) parts of paying international employees is setting up the infrastructure to do so.
Before you start to run payroll, you have to register your company as the local employer in the country the worker resides in. As you can see in the “Set up a subsidiary” section, this is a multi-step process that can take up to a year and put you on your way to bankruptcy.
Outside of EORs acting as the full admin employer, many also provide remote payroll.
For example, at Panther, in just 1-click, you’re able to pay your entire global team, anywhere in the world. We send you an invoice each month, charge you in US Dollars, and pay your employees the same amount in their local currency.
We factor in currency fluctuations and use the mid-market rate plus any applicable fee passed on by our provider at cost at the time of billing.
The standard workweek is 40 hours and eight hours per day.
In Aguilla, employees overtime is paid at a percentage of the basic rate
Employees receive their salary in monthly basis.
Employees receive 12 days of paid annual leave after one year of service.
This increases to 15 days after five years of service and 20 days after 10 years of service.
Employees also receive fully paid leave for jury duty or court hearings.
There are 14 public holidays in Anguilla.
In Anguilla, employees receive 14 days of paid sick leave after one year of service.
Part-time employees are entitled to one paid sick day for every 22 days worked, after working at least 110 days.
Female employees receive 14 weeks of paid maternity leave after one year of service. There is also a maternity grant after 26 weeks of employment.
Male employees in Anguilla are entitled to one month of unpaid paternity leave, as well as a paternity benefit of two weeks payable at a percentage of the basic wage.
In Anguilla, the employees in the government may granted a compassionate leave in specific circumstances as outlined in General Orders 7.31.
Officers are granted 5 days only in the event of a dangerous illness or death of a close relative.
Employment relationships may be terminated at the end of a fixed-term contract by the employer (with or without cause), or by the employee.
The employer must provide notice of termination. The required notice period depends on the type of work, service duration and payment interval.
Employers must pay severance in some instances.
Probation period of employees shall not exceed in 3 months.