Paid Leave Thanks to the Great Resignation, HR leaders have limited leverage to question employees about their travel plans or tell them where they can and can’t work during vacations. (Photo: Shutterstock)

After millions of people travel for Christmas and the New Year, what no one will wonder, besides HR pros, is how many compliance risks employees created. As of September, 45% of full-time employees (in the US) continued to work partly or fully remotely according to a Gallup survey. Whether they vacation for leisure or a close-quarters suffer-fest with family, most will work while traveling, assuming the Omicron variant doesn’t derail their trip.

Working across jurisdictions may sound harmless, but revenue-starved tax and immigration authorities would beg to differ. While the risk of being caught by them on any one trip is low, the potential consequences are high—particularly for companies. Let’s examine why the holiday travel season is rich with compliance risks and talk about how HR can address them—without pouring gasoline on the Great Resignation.

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