In today's fast-paced and highly competitive marketplace, companies who wish to compete must consider international expansion to grow their business, diversify revenue streams, enhance brand recognition, and access new consumers. Businesses are looking for ways to tap into the international talent pool as an initial step to maximize growth and increase revenue.
According to experts, in the next few years we will see an increase in global hiring and mergers. While the payoff is massive, navigating these unfamiliar territories is challenging; particularly for HR departments.
Many companies work with an Employer of Record (EOR) for outsourcing global HR responsibilities. Partnering with an EOR allows companies to easily build global teams, avoid costly mistakes, streamline global HR tasks, and improve international compliance.
What is an Employer of Record?
An Employer of Record manages critical Global HR functions for businesses by managing global payroll, employee benefits, and employment compliance. An EOR is your global HR outsourcing partner.
The Global Employer of Record is the full legal employer of the company's international workforce. The EOR provider is the employer on paper, while the company manages the day-to-day responsibilities of their workforce. This arrangement allows growing organizations to hire in new countries without having to first setup a business entity. Setting up foreign business entities can be costly and time-consuming; the service of an EOR provider fast tracks global hiring.
The Global Employer of Record enables organizations to onboard international talent to their team without risking violation of in-country employment laws. Some of the main responsibilities of EOR companies include:
- Payroll processing
- Secure handling and storage of sensitive documents and information
- Creating and maintaining employment contracts
- Conducting drug screenings and background checks
- Managing employee onboarding (new hires)
- Managing expenses and reimbursements
- Offering HR support to employees
- Hiring global talent on your behalf
- Administering employee benefits
- Terminating employees
How an Employer of Record is the Perfect Global Workforce Solution
Many businesses opt for an Employer of Record (full-service global HR outsourcing) because they do not have the time or expertise to handle the complexities of international hiring in-house. Working with a Global HR outsourcing service removes the burden of global payroll, global compliance, benefits, etc. for businesses who need to hire international talent.
In addition to saving time and headaches, your company will also, likely, free up room in the budget because by working with outsourced HR services the company will take advantage of benefits at a reduced rate.
This practice is extremely common among businesses experiencing high growth.
Streamline International Payroll
The global hiring and payroll process can be time-consuming and complicated for your HR department. There are many differences in the payroll requirements and statutory contributions in different countries. The right Employer of Record partner can save you the hassle of navigating:
- Unfamiliar laws and regulations
- Cultural differences
- Varying hiring policies and requirements
- Offboarding and onboarding processes
- Tax filings
- Statutory benefits
This will allow you to maximize your company growth without dealing with these sometimes stressful processes.
Seamless and Quick Global Hiring
An Employer of Record partner can assist your company in hiring the right global talent for the role, no matter where they reside. Global expansion can be time-consuming so it is ideal to have experienced professionals managing your global hiring processes.
An EOR provider empowers businesses to bypass the efforts needed in establishing legal business entities in countries they want to hire in, saving them significant amounts of time and money and helping to streamline the hiring process.
Employer of Record companies usually have a platform that is used to make onboarding new hires seamless. In turn, an EOR provider accelerates and simplifies the process of expanding your international workforce. They also take care of setting up the employment contracts based on the local laws.
Administration of Employee Insurance and Benefits
When you expand your business by recruiting global employees, it is important to ensure your employees are well taken care of through insurance and benefits plans. An Employer of Record provider can make it easier to administer employee benefits and insurance; offering diverse benefits packages that include:
- Health Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Retirement and Pension Plans
- Travel Insurance
Some EOR providers, like Global Expansion, also have specialized benefit offerings such as Equity and Options Processing. This kind of offering allows your employees access to world-class benefits and insurance coverage suitable for their individual needs.
Managing Employment Compensation, Contracts, and Termination
By entrusting an EOR company with your core human resources responsibilities, you remove the stress associated with payroll processing, employment contracts, and termination. Many large businesses will enlist the help of an EOR during mergers and acquisitions, where all support is crucial to maintaining operations. An Employer of Record ensures precision and accuracy by handling:
- Employee Contracts: the standardized U.S. employee contract is not applicable to global employees. An Employer of Record will provide lawful contracts to protect both you and your employees.
- Employee Terminations: terminating a global employee could result in legal complications if you are unaware of that respective country's policies and laws. An EOR will manage the legalities of terminations per country to reduce the errors that can result in litigation, penalties and fines.
- Compensation Programs: an Employer of Record will offer a robust portfolio of compensation programs for employees based on their location to increase employee satisfaction. These highly competitive benefits packages will help you to attract and retain the best global talent.
Outsourcing complex global HR responsibilities to an EOR saves hours of ongoing administration, ensures accuracy in compliance, and saves significant operations costs.
Compliance with Local Laws
Building the best teams on earth means you must be knowledgeable about all the local laws and regulations, as it could impact the working rights and conditions of your global employees. By not doing your due diligence, you risk paying hefty fines and costly legal disputes. A Global Employer of Record is expert in the laws and regulations of the countries they serve, reducing human error and the associated penalties.
Decreased Risk Footprint
Your company can avoid the likely risks associated with international hiring with Employer of Record services. Recruiting global talent significantly decreases your risk footprint since the EOR manages all employee-related liabilities. This protects you from risks associated with managing adherence to international labor laws, tax withholdings, and other compliance-related issues.
In the case of any employment-related legal issues, the EOR company would share the liabilities with you and protect your company from these imminent risks.
Reduced Operational Costs
Employer of Record providers make it easier to operate and access a global talent pool at reduced costs. An EOR and its available technologies maximize efficiency, saving time and money. Companies who outsource global HR see some, or all of the following financial benefits:
- Hire expediently
- Reduced need for additional HR staff
- Reduced need for additional legal staff
- No new business entity registration or setup fees
- Saved new infrastructure costs
- Bulk global benefits buying power
- Saved operations expenses
Centralized System for International and Local Hires
An Employer of Record creates one centralized system for your company's local and international hires. All employee records and documentation can be stored and accessed in a single place, making it easier for you to:
- Manage your employees
- Conduct performance reviews, and;
- Provide relevant feedback
This saves time and allows you to have the insights you need at your fingertips.
Partnering with a Global Employer of Record is one of the best decisions you can make to successfully and compliantly assemble global teams. EORs save your business time and money while providing top-notch service for your employees.
At Global Expansion (GX), we are here to help accomplish complex global HR tasks - from onboarding to performance reviews. Our face-to-face guidance and ongoing support set our services apart from the rest. Speak to an expert today to ensure compliant global hiring.