Remote Workers and Foreign Business Registration

July 14, 2021  |  Carole Clark Isakson

Flexible and remote working was tested on a massive scale at the onset of COVID-19 sheltering restrictions approximately 15 months ago. It appears to have been largely successful and may have a permanent impact on how and where we work. Read our blog as we discuss the impact of remote workers on foreign business registration.

The positive impact of working remotely

Many media outlets have suggested that the ability to work remotely is a very important amenity to the majority of Millennial and Generation Z members. Other proponents cite the desire to live in a more affordable location, or to save on commute times and transportation related costs, or even to reduce their carbon footprint. Employers may find that allowing workers to work remotely improves retention and provides a greater pool of qualified employees to fill job openings.

Parameters for multi-state employment

If you employ people who reside in another state, you may need to register to do business in that state as well. Each state has its own parameters indicating what “doing business” in a state means, so make sure you know the rules. One interesting website, with which we have no affiliation, is

This site lists cities that offer cash incentives to workers who relocate. Some cities require that to qualify for the benefit, workers must be employed by an out of state employer.

Contact Barna, Guzy & Steffen today to set up a review of your unique situation. Our legal professionals are ready to assist with all your employment law needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

Carole Clark Isakson

Carole, a Shareholder and Board Member at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, is the head of our corporate department. Carole has more than 30 years of professional experience in assisting clients with business sales and acquisitions, software and IP matters, and general business including transportation law. She is an active member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, a Board Member of the Minnesota Trucking Association’s Foundation, and is a Board Member of the Duluth-Superior Transportation Association.