US People Partnership Service (PPS)
Don’t settle. Choose a globally trusted expansion partner to set up and manage your US entity and people operations.
Choose Foothold America – we give you more control and manage risk better than PEOs*. With PPS, you are the direct employer.
*PEO (or Professional Employer Organization) is an outsourcing option that provides small to medium-sized businesses with HR services, benefits administration and payroll processing support in a co-employment arrangement.
What is the People Partnership Service?
The benefits of expanding to the US are huge, but so are the penalties for non-compliance with various laws and regulations. We’ve created our People Partnership Service (PPS) to help you navigate the process of setting up your US entity, becoming the direct employer of record, onboarding US employees, and managing the complex operational and HR processes of doing business in America. It is a great option for international businesses looking to conquer the US market with an absolute peace of mind.
Expanding your business
to the US with peace of mind
If you don’t have a US entity, we create your US subsidiary and file all necessary paperwork in compliance with US law.
We handle your payroll, benefits, and all things Human Resources, including healthcare. This results in significant savings when compared to self-managing your US entity.
We set up compliant payroll services, ensuring state policies are followed, and we guide your managers in administering Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs).
You have a dedicated HR & Client Services Manager who makes you aware of common pitfalls and ensures that you stay consistently compliant in any state where you do business.
Access to teams of experts located in the US, UK, and Europe who have decades of experience in all aspects of employment in the US.
We help you create a comprehensive benefits package so you can hire and retain top talent.
Is our PPS service right for your business?
HOW IT WORKS
How our People Partnership Service (PPS) works
To hire US employees, you need a US entity and a US bank account. Foothold America can do this for you, or if you have these in place, you are ready for Step Two.
Before you can onboard employees, you must make decisions about payroll, time off, benefits, pay strategy, and many US company policies. In addition to our in-house specialist teams, your dedicated HR manager organizes and manages third-party service providers who may supply insurance, visas, or IP protection, for example.
Foothold America works with you to identify the best candidates for your US company. Using the policies and benefits we implement for you, Foothold America onboards employees, ensuring a smooth start. If you prefer your home country’s HR professionals to onboard US employees, our team is behind you to avoid missteps. We know understanding US workplace culture takes time, so your dedicated HR Manager supports you as your employee count grows.
Your obligations don’t end after setup and your needs change over time. It is crucial to have professional guidance to manage ever-changing US regulations. As your trusted partner, we strive to understand your US business objectives, budget, and vision, working with you as you grow.
PPS vs PEO
Why our People Partnership Service (PPS) is a better solution for international companies than a PEO
Direct hiring costs with and without Foothold America
Businesses around the world partner with Foothold America and save thousands of dollars on their US hiring costs. With our PPS service, you can expand your business to the USA compliantly and cost-effectively. For more pricing information, please contact us.
Expand with others
Average cost for the first year.
Expand with Foothold America
$40,000 – $50,000
Average cost for the first year.
PEOs may promise you the world. Foothold America takes care of the details that PEOs don't!
Find out what our clients have to say about Foothold America
Not sure if this service is for you?
Check out our Employee Management Service (EMS).
WHO WE ARE
Meet our team of experts
Foothold America has the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the legal and administrative maze of doing business in the US.
Joanne M. Farquharson
US entrepreneur with 30 years experience in advising small and medium-sized businesses in employee benefits, insurance, labor law compliance, and risk management. Joanne has a passion for growing small companies and helping business owners actualize their goals.
Experienced Global Management leader with over 15 years of professional services and consulting experience. Highly knowledgeable in Human Resources, Employee Relations, Global Operations and Outsourcing. Strong Compliance background experience with employee contracts and US & Global Immigration.
Robert R. Esquijarosa
Experienced HR & Client Success professional with a demonstrated 15-year history of working in employee relations, payroll & benefits administration, compliance, and recruitment within multiple industries throughout the US and UK.
US Expansion Advisor with 20 years of global HR experience, recruitment and client delivery, supporting clients from the UK, Europe, US and Australasia. Rose has extensive knowledge of candidate attraction and employee communication management.
Over 25 years of experience doing business in North American, European, and Asian markets, including seven years as an International Trade Advisor with a primary focus and specialism on the complexity of the US market.
Angelique Soulet-Bangurah, PHR
Angelique takes pride in providing client solutions, using more than seven years of experience as an HR Generalist with a vast knowledge of onboarding, employee relations and overall HR operations. She’s certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Kate has a background of supporting the UK, US and Australia, with strategic direction on all areas of HR. She’s an experienced and CIPD-qualified HR professional with extensive experience in a variety of areas of human resources, including employee relations, HR strategy, recruitment, law advice, document creation, M&A, diversity and inclusion and learning & development.
Our HR & Client Specialist Priti is experienced in various HR activities such as recruitment and retention, compensation, labour relations, benefits and leave of absences. And her passion is troubleshooting data issues to identify strategic solutions using knowledge of HR process, benefits, training and development. She’s lived in the US for 18+ and dedicated most of them to her career in HR. With Priti, you are definitely in good hands.
Ovidio E. Santistevan
Senior Staff Accountant with over 25 years of finance experience and more than ten years as a full-cycle accountant. Ovi takes pride in ensuring that the information he provides to our clients and partners is accurate, relevant, timely and easily understandable.
Miruna Eliza Ionescu
Multilingual marketing professional with more than ten years of experience in traditional and digital marketing for B2B and B2C sectors. Miruna has an extensive background in building customer engagement and ensuring that clients have the best tools and information in hand.
This conversion-minded marketer is responsible for strategizing, planning and creating high-calibre content for our website visitor’s digital experience. With over seven years in marketing, Natalie specialises in PPC, SEO, emerging trends, and customer behavioural insights that help clients find the best solutions for their business needs.
Jisselle has 8+ years experience of efficient business administration, data analysing and reporting in diverse industries. She’s a HubSpot wizard and strives on improving operations that deliver high-value returns for our clients. Jisselle works closely with all departments ensuring efficiency and satisfaction.
Robert is the Co-founder of several successful US and UK life science companies. He serves as the Board Chair of Foothold America influencing the direction of the company.
Why choose to grow your business with Foothold America?
At Foothold America, we implement best practices available to ensure your smooth US expansion. There is no PEO service out there that can match Foothold America’s expertise in the US market. Seriously, just try us out!
Hundreds of businesses have put their trust in us.
"Foothold was able to get things done for us very quickly. They made life easier for us and worked with us to make sure staff were looked after and that we were able to get up and running."
Operations Manager, UK Network Security Company
"We needed to access the US market to maximize our potential for growth. We selected our employee and Foothold America managed the payroll and payroll taxes, benefits, taxes and other employee logistics, enabling us to avoid dealing with the bureaucratic maze of employing someone in the US."
CEO, Belgium Manufacturing Company
"Foothold America was instrumental in helping my UK company employ field applications sales people in the US without having to set up a US subsidiary, which is the usual route for foreign companies. Foothold America facilitated this by employing the people we had chosen and handling all the employment, terms, salaries, taxes, social costs etc. They then billed us monthly for these costs plus a reasonable service charge. As a result, we were able get going very quickly with our own people in the USA and at a much lower cost base."
CEO, UK Biotech Company
"I couldn’t manage our US subsidiary without Foothold America. Our small HR department isn’t equipped with the knowledge or staff to handle our US employees. I could end my workday in the UK knowing Foothold America would take care of everything in the US."
Head of HR, UK financial services firm
"We currently use the Foothold America Employee Management Service and plan to move to their People Partnership Service when we set up an entity in the coming months. It’s great knowing we can work with one partner through various stages of our growth."
CMO, Norway IT company
"We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our expat staff and families without health insurance. It was a huge risk for them and our company. Foothold America came in and got us sorted. They’ve been taking care of us ever since."
Sr. People Partner, UK software company
Get answers to all your questions and take the first step towards a US business expansion.
If you plan to operate your business in the USA and be the Employer of Record ( also known as the Direct employer) of your US employees, you will need to form a subsidiary company. A subsidiary is a distinct legal entity that is more than 50% controlled by a parent company. Because a subsidiary is a distinct legal entity, the liabilities, taxation and regulations are also treated distinctly, limiting exposure to your parent company. There are a number of different types of subsidiaries you can establish in the US, such as LLCs, C Corporations, Non-profit ( also known as 501(c)(3) ) or LLP (Limited Liability Partnerships).
The processing time for the initial steps in setting up a US entity which includes state incorporation and acquiring a Federal Employer Identification Number can take between a week to ten business days.
When choosing a location for hiring your US employees, you will need to consider a series of factors, such as:
- Tax rates – how much tax are you expecting to pay?
- Access to your target market or customer base
- Filing fees and other administrative charges
- Available infrastructure, office space and transport links
- Geography, climate and land prices
- Time zones – businesses with offices in Europe may wish their US employees to be based on the east coast for business hours to overlap.
- Availability of talented employees to work for your business
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