Most every country imposes wage-hour laws that regulate minimum wages and overtime pay as well as (in most countries) holiday pay, vacation pay, rest breaks and total hours worked. Usually these wage-hour laws reach not only locally hired staff but also inbound expatriates whose places of employment have become the host country. But the analysis as to which wage-hour laws apply gets murky as to business travelers and temporary guest workers—staff whose regular place of employment remains the home country but who spend time working abroad. Whose wage-hour laws apply to travelers working temporarily overseas?
This question is important in the United States, where wage-hour law compliance gets a lot of scrutiny and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act [FLSA] pose a real threat.