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Businesses are grappling with the evolving day-to-day challenges of COVID-19, but many have proven remarkably resilient and adaptable, staying open by switching to virtual working. Some companies have experienced unanticipated benefits of this model and now are considering extending virtual working even as restrictions are lifted. 

Some of the potential business advantages of enabling virtual work include increased productivity, lower overheads, larger and more diverse talent pools, lower staff turnover, and reduced time lost to ill health. There also can be wider societal benefits, such as less environmental damage from commuting. 

In the right context, these advantages may be multiplied by facilitating virtual work across international borders. However, to take advantage of international virtual working, there are several compliance issues that need to be managed. This publication explores the social security issues for international remote working.