European Employment Changes Create Weak-Dollar Opportunities

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Vyoma Nair, co-founder of Nair & Co, talks about opportunities the weak dollar presents to U.S. companies expanding internationally. American goods have become more competitive globally and increasing numbers of companies in the United States are employing people overseas to service their foreign customers. On the other hand, Europe appears to have woken up to the reality of this and is tackling the contradiction of wanting jobs for its people and on the other side having currently in place restrictive employment legislation such as the French 35-hour week.

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A number of countries have introduced some type of sweetener for their workers who work overtime including;

Austria – In Austria, overtime pay, which is in addition to basic pay for working overtime, is (within limits) exempt from tax. This is conditional on the payment by the employer being a legal obligation contained in either an individual employment contract or a collective bargaining agreement.

France – In France, payment for overtime can now be paid tax-free at all levels of employees.

Germany – Germany does not regard compensation for overtime work as part of regular income. It is not therefore subject to deductions for mandatory health insurance.

Italy – Last month the Italian government promised to reduce taxes on overtime.

Luxembourg – This year in Luxembourg introduced total tax exemptions for overtime pay and on extra pay for working nights, Sundays and public holidays.

These regulations encourage employees to work additional hours while simultaneously putting more money into their pocket. From a U.S. company's perspective and given the rise of the Euro, this is a welcome change since it may enable a company to negotiate lower pay rates with new employees.

If you want more information on the challenges and opportunities your company can have while expanding internationally, please visit our website at http://www.nair-co.com or call 239.948.9820 (EDT-South) / 781.239.8135 (EDT-North) / 408.515.6887 (PDT) for more information.

About Nair & Co

Nair & Co provides businesses an integrated solution geared to making your company's thrust to expanding business overseas less risky, stress free and more strategic in the finance, tax, HR, compliance and legal arenas. Specialized in working with the unique challenges of US-based technology companies, Nair & Co has headquarters in the UK and offices in USA, China, Japan and India and acts for nearly 700 foreign operations in over 40 countries. Nair & Co employs highly qualified international specialists as your one point of contact client service directors to support your international registration, tax, accounting, compliance, HR and payroll needs. Our unrivalled knowledge base, attention to detail and superior work ethics protect your company's operations more effectively and save you time and money in the long run. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.nair-co.com.

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