I may be starting to work remotely soon from the UK for a US company. From what I understand, holiday requirements are very different there (in the UK there is a minimum of 28 days PTO including bank holidays, but it seems in the US there is no minimum) so I'm not sure whether I could still expect the same time off as I'd get from a UK company, even if I'm still living here. Any advice?

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    How is your employment arranged? Do they have a UK entity which you are employed by? Or are you contracting with them? Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 10:17
  • To my knowledge they don't have a UK entity, but I wouldn't be contracting, just regular employment Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 10:41
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    As a regular employee you are typically subject to the laws (tax, labor etc) and regulations of your country of residence, i.e. the UK. Chances are your employer has some sort of a legal entity in the UK, otherwise it would be difficult for them to hire regular employees.
    – Hilmar
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 11:18
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    Any advice? - Ask your manager or someone in HR. Or ask an employment attorney.
    – joeqwerty
    Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 13:55
  • To be clear I am currently interviewing for the job, its still early stages, I just thought I'd ask this as it may be something to consider before accepting if it comes to that. Its also a very small company and to my knowledge I'd be the only employee in the UK (though I believe they have others elsewhere in Europe) Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 20:05

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These are questions to ask before you accept any offer. Send them to the hiring manager, hr person, or internal recruiter that you dealt with during the interview/etc process.

The good news is that, as was already pointed out in the comments, if you're working the in UK they're legally required to give you whatever the statutory minimum benefits are, do the employer side of UK taxes for you, etc. So unless the company is incredibly stupid (and you're their first overseas hire) that all should be covered.

In addition to verifying the number of days off you're getting, I'd also ask about expectations and (assuming multiple existing non-US employees already) typical practices when national holiday schedules don't match. Your taking a bank holiday when the US part of the company is working shouldn't be any more of an issue than your taking a random other day off. The real question is if they're expecting you to work solo on US only holidays (ex Independence Day and Thanksgiving) or take them off too; and if so if they're giving you extra days of PTO to cover that or not.

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