Future of remote work: Manage your workforce with agility and confidence - Tax and Legal blog


Most organisations have addressed the immediate questions around the mobility and safety of their mobile workforces during the pandemic. But tax and legal leaders have an important role to play, helping them navigate the rapidly changing economic and regulatory environment. In collaboration with Human Resources (HR), they are addressing such pressing issues as immigration and cross-border tax, the implications for employment law and employment tax, and the business and human realities of supporting and retaining employees.

How do you pivot your organisation to recovery?

It is important to understand how organisations will work, and how people will do business after the crisis. Many business leaders foresee long-term workforce and workplace change. Perhaps tightly controlled co-location of workers will not be as prevalent. We expect a lasting impact from the pandemic, but to what degree remains uncertain. Tax and legal leaders need to understand their business leaders’ approach to adopting new trends, such as remote working and alternative work arrangements, like gig or contract workers. in understanding how dynamic they need to be as business enablers—and understand downstream regulatory and compliance impacts.

Here are four priority areas that tax and legal leaders should continue to focus on during the recovery phase of the pandemic. Having a seat at the table ensures compliance realities are taken into consideration and helps build resilient, agile, and flexible policies for the future.

Actionable steps you can take today:

  • Understand the tax issues relating to cross-border employment
  • Develop a strategy for mobile employees
  • Make informed headcount decisions
  • Keep informed and up-to-date on governmental tax, financial, business, and social measures

To learn more download “Manage your workforce with agility and confidence: A guide for tax and legal leaders during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Stay informed with the most recent global updates related to mobility in the COVID-19 crisis, including the current guidance or measures that different countries are putting in place. Access our weekly COVID-19 Global mobility impact report by country here.

Blog contributor:  Michelle Chan, Marketing Lead, Tax & Legal Switzerland

If you would like to discuss this topic, please do reach out to our key contacts below.

Key contacts


David Wigersma - Partner, Global Employer Services

David has 17 years of experience in the area of international corporate and individual taxation planning. He specialises in addressing the complex compliance needs of a cross-border workforce with varied elements of compensation.


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Richard Goodwin - Partner, Global Employer Services 

Richard is a Partner within the Global Employer Services team of Deloitte in Switzerland. He is based in Geneva and specialised in Global Mobility. Richard has 20 years of experience in expatriate tax consulting with Deloitte across 5 countries. In addition he has a solid experience in leading an in-house major global mobility change project for a leading company from the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry, including the review and implementation of the process, systems and technology required for a world class global mobility operation.


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Jake Higgitt - Director, Global Employer Services

Jake has 12 years’ experience in the field of Global Mobility, working with clients in all industries and of all sizes. He is the global engagement lead on two of the Swiss firm’s largest tax engagements, responsible for coordinating the provision of services globally. Jake leads our Business Travel Services offering in Switzerland. 


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Tabea Nyfeler - Senior Manager, Global Employer Services

Tabea is a recognized expert in the fields of international tax and social security planning. She is the co-lead of our international social security team in Switzerland. Over her career, she has acquired experience in a number of other areas of reward and mobility, including : global employment taxes, rewards, equity based compensation and pensions. Moreover, she has considerable experience in managing global mobility projects for multinational companies across a broad range of industries. Tabea is a Certified Tax Advisor and has authored publications on international tax and social security law.



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