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Programs may only hire local personnel in-country when Penn is a registered entity or a registered employer in the host country. This possibility may be more cost effective and sustainable however, it requires that Penn has a legal presence or registration in-country, as well as the creation and management of a local payroll. In most cases, hiring local personnel directly is not an option. Penn is currently registered in very few countries. Registering an entity abroad is a very complex and costly way to operate overseas. Unless there are long-term plans or a business benefit for establishing a presence abroad, Penn has no plans for creating a presence in additional countries.
If Penn is NOT a registered employer in the host country, any direct hiring must consider the following:
Will the University have a Permanent Establishment if the employee is hired by the U.S. entity?
How will the withholding and statutory obligations be handled?
How will the individual’s tax liabilities be handled?
Are all statutory benefits handled through social/government contributions or does the employer have to adopt local plans to cover its in-country employees?