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Remote in review 2020

2020 was a very special year — not just for Remote, but for me as well. Still, it is difficult to reflect on our work this year without feeling like I’m discussing a sketch of our larger vision.

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Practical tips to improve your Elixir codebase

Every person has a unique way of thinking and, therefore, a unique way of coding. Developing a solution that makes sense to every dev on your team can be difficult, especially the problems become more complex. If you're trying to improve an Elixir codebase, the complexity can quickly become overwhelming.

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What does Brexit mean for employers?

Although the UK has already terminated its membership in the EU, the UK will not complete the Brexit process until January 1, 2021. At that point, changes related to immigration, visas, and other matters of employment will come into effect.

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How to pay remote workers in India

In India, special laws regarding taxable components of salary, social contribution requirements for employees and employers, and other payroll factors can make it difficult for foreign employers to stay compliant. That’s why we put together this helpful guide to help companies pay remote workers in India.

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Easy communication guidelines for remote teams

Most of the time, we say remote teams need to overcommunicate. By default, humans tend to do things without writing them down, so calling the right amount of communication “overcommunication” helps readjust expectations. That said, you can swing too far in the other direction if you don’t practice self-awareness.

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Guide on hiring in India

India’s labor laws, payroll regulations, and benefits requirements vary among different states and union territories. India’s federal government does enforce certain requirements all around the country, however. This guide on hiring employees in India covers all the basics.

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When should you convert a contractor to an employee?

While contractor designations may be appropriate for some business relationships, companies cannot simply pay people as contractors because it’s easier. Contractors and employees fulfill different roles and have distinct legal definitions. Converting a contractor to an employee can protect the employer from penalties, provide a better experience for the employee, and make it simpler for both parties to collaborate.

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Benefits to offer employees in South Africa

While South Africa’s government requires employers to offer certain statutory benefits, companies looking to hire the best talent must offer more than just the baseline. Remote’s guide on hiring workers in South Africa covers a variety of topics including labor laws, payroll, and benefits. In this guide, we will examine benefits in South Africa more closely.

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What are labor laws like in South Africa?

South Africa’s labor laws reveal a business culture that values collaboration with a healthy amount of respect for the individual. For people who have never worked or hired workers in the country before, adapting to that culture may pose a challenge at first.

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Guide on hiring in South Africa

In South Africa, employment laws, payroll requirements, taxes, and common benefits differ from norms in other parts of the world on a few key points. This guide on hiring employees in South Africa provides all the basic information you need to make your first hires.

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Benefits to offer employees in Canada

Canada’s provinces and territories have a variety of differences in employment law, but statutory benefits remain mostly consistent across the country. Quebec can be an outlier in certain areas, but for the most part, employers of Canadian workers can prepare a standard benefits package that will be compliant throughout the country.

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How to pay remote workers in Canada

To pay remote employees in Canada, companies have two options. The first option is to open a local legal entity in the province where the employee works. The second option is to work with a global employment solution, or employer of record, like Remote.

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What are labor laws like in Canada?

Canada’s provinces enforce different amounts of paid leave, different tax rates, different minimum wages, and other contributions from employees and employers. Rather than cover every small difference, let’s take a high-level look at Canada’s labor laws to set expectations for what it’s like to employ Canadian workers.

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Guide on hiring in Canada

To hire employees in Canada, companies must first know the laws of the province in which the prospective hire lives and works. While Canada does enforce some federal labor laws, individual provinces have a lot of say on Canadian labor laws, payroll processes, benefits, taxes, and other factors.

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What are labor laws like in the UK?

Labor laws in the UK, while similar to those in the US, maintain a few important distinctions international employers need to understand. Employers looking to hire employees in the UK should research UK labor laws before moving forward with a new hire, continuing to employ a worker who moves to the UK, or converting a UK contractor into an employee.

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Guide on hiring in the UK

Labor laws in the UK can be tricky to navigate, especially for employers with just a few employees. Understanding the differences between “workers” and “employees,” for example, may not be intuitive to someone who has not managed a team in the UK before. As the premier employer of record for international talent, Remote helps businesses of all sizes hire workers in the UK in full compliance with all applicable labor laws.

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Benefits to offer employees in Mexico

Because Mexico has robust requirements for statutory benefits, many companies choose not to provide any benefits beyond these, with a few notable exceptions. This guide on employee benefits in Mexico goes into greater detail on statutory benefits and elective perks companies can offer.

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How to pay remote workers in Mexico

In our guide on hiring employees in Mexico, we touched on how to pay remote workers in Mexico. Let’s take a closer look at the complexities of paying workers in Mexico and talk about how to ensure businesses stay compliant with Mexican labor laws.

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What are labor laws like in Mexico?

Labor laws in Mexico include a variety of differences not found in other countries around the world. Employers looking to hire employees in Mexico should take time to familiarize themselves with the unique requirements of Mexican labor laws.

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Guide on hiring employees in Mexico

Maintaining compliance across international borders can be tricky. Mexico in particular has a few unusual rules that can catch inexperienced employers by surprise. To stay compliant with Mexican laws while providing the best possible experience for your employees, start with this helpful guide.

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Affordable perks small businesses can offer remote teams

Salary isn’t everything. Smart companies attract and retain top talent by offering competitive benefits packages with perks and programs that help employees live their best lives. While small businesses with remote teams can’t compete with the resources of giants like Google, they can still create desirable offerings.

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How to support employees who don’t like working remotely

Some people will always prefer to wake up, get dressed, and head out the door to work in an office environment. Whether for social engagement, productivity reasons, or simple personal preferences, the feelings of employees who struggle with remote work are valid and should not be dismissed. Your remote-first work culture should make every employee feel supported.

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Questions to ask before you outsource payroll

Outsourcing payroll can make sense for companies with as few as two employees and as many as tens of thousands, but making the switch doesn’t happen automatically. To make a smooth transition — and protect your business and your employees in the process — you should first understand the reality of your financial situation.

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How to manage an unlimited PTO policy

Your employees need time off to function well on the clock and to live their best lives as humans off the clock. Unlimited PTO can help create that reality, but to make it work, you must proactively build a culture that champions a healthy work-life balance.

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How to avoid micromanaging your remote workers

Increased acceptance of remote work means managers and business owners must learn to manage remote teams more effectively. If you want your team to deliver the performance benefits for which remote work is famous, start by addressing the way you communicate expectations to your remote employees.

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Should your small business outsource payroll?

Managing payroll well can be challenging, even for experienced professionals. Add in remote work and a global team, and payroll evolves from hard to nightmarish. How do you know when to invest more resources into in-house payroll and when to go with outsourced payroll instead?

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What does an employer of record do?

Employers of record (EORs) provide access to global talent to companies of all sizes. If you want to hire someone in a place where you do not own a legal entity (and you don’t want to go through the enormous hassle of creating an entity yourself) you need an EOR.

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How remote work welcomes workers with disabilities

The relationship between remote work culture and workers with disabilities has been positive from the outset. This year, the U.S. celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Companies with remote workforces can offer unique opportunities to people with disabilities around the world, but those same companies must recognize and address the challenges their employees face.

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Where do remote employees pay taxes?

While taxes for remote workers are usually not more complicated than those for traditional office workers, most educational resources on taxation cater to people in traditional environments. People who work from home (or nomadically) don’t always have access to the information they need. If you work remotely or have employees who do, this guide can help you stay compliant no matter where you call HQ.

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Creating your home office with mental health in mind

Are you one of those people who built a “temporary” home office several months ago? Maybe you put a space together when you moved and never got around to unpacking? However you ended up with your home office, you have the power to change it — and if you’re feeling anxious, depressed, burned out, or just plain unhappy, you should change it.

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4 essential elements of a sustainable remote work culture

You can add all the Slack emojis and game nights you want, but remote teams thrive on substance, not style. Whether your company went fully remote after the COVID-19 pandemic or you’ve been working remotely for years, you need a rock-solid foundation of accountability, collaboration, and communication if you want your business to flourish.

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What's wrong with your time zone?

Time zones hold remote organizations back. With multiple team members in multiple regions of the world, companies can't afford to waste hours of lost productivity on missed meetings and unclear deadlines. As a fully remote organization, Remote embraces UTC as the answer.

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Remote announces expansion into new countries, regions

This week, the world of remote work got a little bigger. Remote is delighted to announce that we have added several new countries to our growing global network. In addition to our existing lineup, we now offer support for full-time and part-time remote workers and teams in the following regions.

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How to architect for Kubernetes: Part 1

Companies are catching on to the advantages of Kubernetes for development of their Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions. At Remote, we have just completed a successful transition to Kubernetes and would like to share our story to help others make the switch.

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How I built my home office for maximum productivity

At the Running Remote online conference last week, I spoke about the exciting growth of our industry and the opportunities we have to be a force for good in the world. We talked about how Remote is helping to create more remote jobs and how remote work arrangements help companies discover new talent from other countries. During every panel and call, though, I kept getting the same question: "Why does your video look so good?"

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Remote on Kubernetes: The future of our global infrastructure

Remote is pleased to announce that we have completed our migration to Kubernetes. In our mission to build a global infrastructure for global employment, we depend on advanced tools that allow us to build with the scale and flexibility that our customers need. This upgrade marks a step forward in our ability to develop and deploy our industry-leading solutions.

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We’re making our pricing (and global employment) even more accessible

Remote's mission is to remove any obstacles between companies and the best talent, wherever they may have chosen to live. We do that by acting as an employer of record (EOR) or as a professional employment organization (PEO), taking care of payroll, benefits and compliance in every country in the world, so companies can focus on what matters most — their people. Today, we're simplifying our pricing model and reducing our fees so that global employment can be accessible to even more organizations.

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Remote announces $11 million in seed funding

Today is a special day for the Remote team. We’re announcing an $11 million seed round led by Two Sigma Ventures, with participation from Index Ventures, General Catalyst, Liquid2, INKEF Ventures, Remote First Capital, and Sid Sijbrandij (CEO GitLab) and Jobert (Co-founder HackerOne) and Kirsten Abma . The financing will be used to expand Remote’s onboarding platform and extend coverage to forty new markets by the end of 2020, including Canada, Germany, the United States, and France.

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Launching Employ by Remote

Today we're launching Employ, our global employment, payroll, benefit, compliance, and everything you need to employ people across the world product. We have been working on this for almost a year, and are finally able to offer our service in the first two countries (The Netherlands and United Kingdom) with many more following shortly.

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Bonding remotely: Question of the day

At Remote we have a 30-minute daily team call. It consists of two parts: a short agenda, and some time to bond. In the first months we'd just discuss whatever came to mind. That worked OK, but lead to certain people speaking more than others. To get to know each other a bit better, and in different ways, we introduced the question of the day.

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How to structure your Sass codebase

We use Sass at Remote, especially the .scss syntax. Sass gives our team features that don't exist yet in CSS, like nesting selectors, mixins, functions, and variables (although CSS has now custom properties they have differences), which are great for productivity.

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Solving global employment through Remote

Remote is working to solve global employment by allowing companies to employ people locally through our platform. We envision an interconnected world in which businesses and talent can work together no matter where they live, and we're excited to share that journey with you.

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New logo survey outcomes

We're working on rebuilding and rebranding Recently, we sent out a survey with some initial design directions. This morning, we discussed the outcomes and our plans.

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How companies review your application and why you don't hear anything back

You found your dream position, poured all your time and energy into an amazing cover letter...and you hear nothing back at all from the company you applied to. Sure, your CV wasn't a perfect match, but you more than compensate for that, which you explained in your cover letter. Then why didn't you get a response? Or, if you got one, why was a it such an impersonal one without any feedback?

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The tools we're using to build the new

Fundamental to great teams working quickly is great communication. Tools are just a way to make that easier or possible, not a solution for a poorly communicating or slow team. At Remote, we try to avoid adopting too many tools. These are the few tools we can't live without.

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Why we’re rewriting

In the world of programming, a rewrite is often seen as a very bad thing. It is very easy to underestimate the complexity of an existing application, and to overestimate your ability to delivery quickly. Yet here we are, rewriting Why?

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