[Foundation-l] Update of Foundation organization

Delirium delirium at hackish.org
Mon Mar 5 19:04:31 UTC 2007

Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> It is my understanding that if we have true employees in a nation that
> our organization will have a legal presence in that nation. If we have
> a legal presence in that nation, we will be subject to the
> jurisdiction of that nation.

It would definitely require us to have someone familiar with the 
relevant laws, both U.S. and international, go over such a proposal and 
tell us what its legal implications are.  In particular, employment law 
is complicated.  From a legal perspective, a U.S. entity hiring a 
foreign employee could be considered outsourcing, and there are some 
U.S. laws designed to discourage outsourcing which may or may not 
apply.  We would also need to be familiar with employment-related laws 
in the hiree's country of residence, and plan for them appropriately; 
for example, countries differ greatly in how easy it is to fire people, 
and in the kinds of additional requirements or obligations incumbent on 


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