How to Hire Remote Employees In


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The Basics

Albanian Lek (ALL)
Employer Taxes
Payroll Frequency
Official Language

Employment in


Hire Independent Contractors

Independent contractors or freelancers are self-employed individuals who provide services to companies as a non-employee. This is one of the most common ways companies tend to hire non-local designers, engineers, support reps, etc.

For legal and tax purposes, independent contractors are not classified as employees. They may work for multiple clients, set their own work hours, negotiate their pay rate, and decide how a job gets done.

For example, the IRS says that if an independent contractor or freelancer does work that can be controlled (what will be done and how it will be done) by an employer then they are, in fact, classified as an employee.

As you can imagine, hiring someone as an independent contractor versus an employee is a fine line to tread.

While there are benefits when you choose the contractor route, there are quite a few drawbacks to consider and you’ll need to weigh them carefully to determine the best fit for your company.

Benefits of Hiring Independent Contractors

  • Reduced overhead: Lower cost in expenses, payroll, benefits, and more.
  • Greater flexibility: Contractors can be brought on as-needed. If not a good fit, you simply don’t have to move forward with the contract.
  • Reduced legal risk: Contractors aren’t usually protected by employment anti-discrimination and workplace safety laws.

Disadvantages of Hiring Independent Contractors

  • Risk of Misclassification: Not only does this deny workers their proper protections, it can also result in steep penalties and damage to your company. If the IRS determines that employee misclassification has occurred, you will be liable for a percentage of the employees wages, FICA contributions, penalty fines, unpaid taxes, up to a year in prison, and more.
  • Lack of Control: Contractors are drawn to being independent because it gives them greater control over the work they perform and who they work with. Because they’re not employees, you can’t tell them what to work on and how it should be done.
  • Lack of Loyalty: Contractors come and go as-needed. Many companies hire contractors for short-term work, which makes it difficult to cultivate loyalty.
  • Increased Scrutiny: Using Independent Contractors typically leads to an increased risk of being audited.

Set up a subsidiary in


A foreign subsidiary is a company that operates overseas as part of a larger company who’s HQ is in another country.

Establishing a foreign entity is great for having an international presence and accessing new markets. Though, setting up a subsidiary in Albania can be expensive, stressful, and time-consuming. It's not for the faint of heart.

To set up a subsidiary in Albania, you have to:

  1. Register your business name and file articles of incorporation
  2. File for local bank accounts
  3. Learn and keep track of the local employment laws
  4. Set up local payroll
  5. Hire local accounting, legal, and HR people

If you're lucky, this process can take months. If you're not so lucky, it can take up to a year. And on average, it costs about $50k-$80k, all-in-all, to get setup. And that's just for Albania.


Use an Employer-of-Record (EOR)

An employer-of-record (EOR) is a company that hires and pays an employee on behalf of another company.

An EOR is typically used to overcome the financial and regulatory hurdles that often come with employing remote workers.

Each country has its own payroll, employment, and work permit requirements for non-resident companies doing business in their jurisdiction. Meeting those demands can be a huge obstacle when it comes to hiring remotely.

At Panther, we help companies employ and pay people in over 160 countries, without having to set up a foreign subsidiary. Payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and more are all handled by us, at a fraction of the cost.

Outside of saving you months and tens of thousands of dollars, other advantages of using Panther are:

  • Ability to attract talented and motivated employees from all over the world.
  • Full legal compliance: There is no risk of violating local employment laws.
  • Transparency: Employees are still your employees. All the work, processes, operations and day-to-day business belong to you, the company, just like with any other employee. Panther just takes on all of the responsibilities, obligations and admin work related to your team's employment.
  • No risk of misclassification

Because you no longer have to set up your own subsidiary, you’ll save a ton of time and tens of thousands of dollars using Panther.

Hire with Panther

Paying Remote Employees

Paying employees in Albania is not the same as paying workers in your own country. Employees have to be paid using Albania's employment and payroll standards.

This means that you have to know, understand, and keep up with 1) fluctuating currency changes, and 2) local payroll and tax laws in the countries you’re looking to hire in.

Outside of the laws and regulations around payroll, there may be different conditions surrounding leave, overtime, termination, and more. As you can imagine, maintaining this kind of regulatory knowledge can be challenging. But it is crucial and necessary to follow local legislation.

After, you’ll have to determine the best way to pay your international employees. This can be done in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

Pay through a local entity

One of the most challenging (and expensive) parts of paying international employees is setting up the infrastructure to do so.

Before you start to run payroll, you have to register your company as the local employer in the country the worker resides in. As you can see in the “Set up a subsidiary” section, this is a multi-step process that can take up to a year and put you on your way to bankruptcy.

Work with an EOR

Outside of EORs acting as the full admin employer, many also provide remote payroll.

For example, at Panther, in just 1-click, you’re able to pay your entire global team, anywhere in the world. We send you an invoice each month, charge you in US Dollars, and pay your employees the same amount in their local currency.

We factor in currency fluctuations and use the mid-market rate plus any applicable fee passed on by our provider at cost at the time of billing.


 Specific Information

Working Hours

A full-time work week is 40 hours.


Overtime is work in excess of 40 hours a week and is paid at the rate of 125% of the regular pay.  Alternatively, the employer can compensate the employee with time off instead of additional pay.

For work on weekends and public holidays, the employee is entitled to pay at a rate of 150% of the regular pay.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.


Payroll Tax


- Employer Contributions

Minimum Wage

The monthly gross minimum wage is 30,000 ALL.


Pay Cycle

The payroll cycle is monthly and wages must be paid by the last working day of the month.

13th Salary

There are no provisions in the law.


Paid Time Off (PTO)

An employee who has worked a full year is entitled to 4 weeks (28 days) of paid leave. If the employee has been employed for less than one year, leave is calculated on a prorated basis.

Public Holidays

There are 15 public holidays.

Sick Days

An employee can claim sick leave for the entire time of their illness until their doctor confirms that the employee is able to return.  For the first 14 days of sick leave, the employer is obligated to pay 80% of the employee’s salary.  From the 15th day onward, Social Insurance compensates the employee for 70% of their average salary of the past 6 months.  

Maternity Leave

Women are entitled to 12 consecutive months of maternity leave.  This includes a minimum of 35 days of leave before the child is born and 63 days after the birth of the child.   Women who carry more than one child are entitled to 390 days of maternity leave.

During maternity leave the Social Insurance compensates the employee for 80% of the average monthly salary from the last 12 months for the first 6 months and 50% for the following 6 months.

Paternity Leave

There are no statutory laws regarding paternity leave.

Parental Leave

An employee is entitled to 15 days of paid leave a year for a child under the age of 3 and 12 days for a child over the age of 3. In addition, an employee can take an additional 30 days of unpaid leave a year.

Bereavement Leave

In the event of the death of a spouse or a member of your immediate family, the employee is entitled to 10 days leave.


Termination Process

For fixed-term contracts that are expiring, there are no obligations from the employee or employer to undergo any sort of termination process.

If an employer wishes to dismiss an employee, the employer is obligated to deliver prior notice to the employee and within 72 hours must have a meeting with the employee to discuss the reason for termination and allow the employee to present their counterarguments.  Should the employer fail to meet within 72 hours, the employee may be entitled to compensation.

Notice Period

  • 1 months’ notice during the 2 first years of employment
  • 2 months’ notice during 2 to 5 years of employment
  • 3 months’ notice after 5 years of employment

Severance Pay

If the employee has worked more than 3 years, they are entitled to 15 days of severance pay.

Probation Period

3 months