Implementing payroll in new countries is not easy. In-country regulations, compliance, ensuring statutory requirements are met is just the beginning. One of my recent clients came to Blue Marble with several challenges and needs for their global payroll. Some of the biggest issues for them were lack of visibility across all countries, and local in-country compliance concerns.

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In Ontario, Canada, workplace rights are an important part of the employment experience. Every employee has the right to be treated fairly at the workplace, to work in a safe environment, to be trained to deal with any workplace emergencies or hazards, and to become a part of a trade union.

Workers in Ontario are protected by the Employment Standards Act (ESA), the Pay Equity Act (PEA), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), and the Labor Relations Act (LRA). Here are some of the rights of workers in Ontario:

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With advances in communication, infrastructure, and logistics technology, the world is getting smaller day by day. As a result, we are witnessing an unprecedented connection between different regions of the world, unobstructed by borders. This translates to businesses as well. Companies are looking to expand their operations that cover multiple regions to tap into these markets. This phenomenon is not borne of expansionist ideals but is the basis of survival for businesses as competition increases, resources become scarce, and risk becomes more eminent.

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India is the world’s sixth-largest economy, and has an annual average GDP growth rate ranging from 6% to 7% since the start of the 21st century. Setting up a business in India can allow you to take advantage of a large customer base, which is likely to increase your business’ profitability.

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The Kingdom of Denmark is a country in Northern Europe and comprises of the Jutland Peninsula and various islands around it. A fairly small country, Denmark has a total land area of 42,916 square kilometers. It has a population of around 5.8 million and is famous for being the historical home of seafaring pirates known as The Vikings who lived between the 8th and 11th centuries in north-western Europe.

Today, this small Scandinavian country is best known for being one of the happiest in the world due to its great quality of life and several government initiatives that facilitate and support its citizens. For example, the government of Denmark analyzed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world economy and how its aftermath was felt by individual countries.

To safeguard and cushion its citizens from inflation and unemployment, the Danish Ministry of Employment introduced a new bill known as the Posting of Workers Directive in July 2020, which came into effect on January 1, 2021.

The Posting of Workers Directive bill stipulates the following changes to employment laws:

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Sweden is a country in northern Europe with a population of more than 10 million people. The majority of Sweden’s population is between the ages of 25 and 34. Currently, about 73% of Sweden’s labor force is employed but despite a youthful population, Sweden has a relatively high unemployment rate, at 531,000 people, or 9.7% of the population.

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