Critical Changes to US Visa Waiver Program Impact Irish/NI Companies

Bottom line up front: as of last Friday, new changes to the US’s Visa Waiver program restrict the use of that program by persons who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria, or the Sudan at any time after March 1, 2011. Additional “countries of concern” may be added to this list. The nationality of the traveler is not an issue, so this change impacts any person traveling on an Irish or UK passport who has been to the listed countries in the relevant timeframe. Continue reading

Everybody is an Employee…Maybe…Possibly

Businesses operating in or expanding to the US, including those from Ireland and Northern Ireland, use independent contractors to avoid some of the baggage associated with the employer/employee relationship under US law.  The use of independent contractors recently has gotten more complicated due to the US Department of Labor’s publication of Administrator’s Interpretation 2015-1.  The Interpretation is part of the Department’s closer monitoring of the ‘independent contractor’ designation. Businesses from Ireland or Northern Ireland operating in or expanding to the US, and using the services of an independent contractor (such as a sales agent) should take another look at how they designate a person as an ‘independent contractor,’ as soon as possible. Continue reading