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PEO+ Cross-Border Support™ (PEO+)

Don’t settle. Choose a globally trusted expansion partner to set up and manage your US entity and people operations.

Choose Foothold America – Our PEO+ service includes everything PEOs offer, plus the Cross-Border Support™ international companies need.

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*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.

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What is PEO+ Cross-Border Support™?

The benefits of expanding to the US are huge, but so are the penalties for non-compliance with various laws and regulations. Standard PEOs were developed to relieve US businesses of endless employment compliance in a recognized co-employment relationship.

We created PEO+ so international companies with US subsidiaries have the specialized guidance they need to onboard US employees and manage the complex operational and HR processes of employing in America. It is a great option for international businesses with fewer than 50 US employees looking to conquer the US market with absolute peace of mind.

OUR SERVICES

Expanding your business
to the US with peace of mind

Set up your US entity

If you don’t yet have a US entity, we create your US subsidiary and file all necessary paperwork in compliance with US and state law.

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Save up to 50% on employment costs

We handle your payroll, benefits, and all things Human Resources, including vital healthcare benefits. This results in significant savings compared to self-managing your US entity.

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Ensure a compliant US workplace

We set up compliant payroll services, ensuring state policies are followed, and we guide your managers in administering Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) with US regulations in mind.

Dedicated HR manager

You have a dedicated HR & Client Services Manager in or near your time zone who responds like a trusted colleague and ensures you stay consistently compliant in any state where you do business.

Broad range of professionals

Access to teams of experts located in the US, UK, and Europe who have decades of experience in all aspects of US and international employment.

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Offer attractive employee benefits

We help you create a comprehensive benefits package so you can compete with established US businesses to hire and retain top talent.

BUSINESS SOLUTION

Is PEO+ Cross-Border Support™ right for your business?

You already have a US entity, but you need someone to handle the HR functions.

You want to establish a US presence but want key HR functions managed from your home country. You want trusted outsourced support.

Your US clients require you to have a US entity and be the Common Law Employer (CLE).

You want the US entity setup, financials and processes done the US way from the start.

You plan to hire at least five employees in year one. You need a trusted partner to show you the way.

You want to send an employee to live and work permanently in the US and serve your US clients. The foreign national needs a visa connected to your US entity.

Foothold America adds the PLUS of Cross-Border Support™ for the guidance that PEOs don't offer but international companies need!

HOW IT WORKS

How our PEO+ Cross-Border Support™ service works

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Set up a US entity & bank account

To hire US employees with PEO+, 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.

Implement the employment and HR infrastructure

Before onboarding employees, you must make decisions about payroll, time off, benefits, pay strategy, and many US company policies. Your dedicated HR manager  guides those decisions, leads the implementation and manages PEO and other third-party employment providers .

Find your candidates & grow your workforce

Foothold America supports you in identifying the best candidates nationwide for your US company, whether you recruit in-house, with a recruiter, or with our Exclusive Talent Acquisition service. Foothold America onboards employees, ensuring a smooth start. Or, 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 and demands on your time increase.

Plan for ongoing management and compliance

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.

Feeling Overwhelmed? At Foothold America, we get it. We'll work with you to:

PEO vs PEO+ Cross Border Support

Why PEO+ Cross-Border Support™ is a better solution for international companies than a standard PEO.

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Standard
PEO Service

Foothold America
PEO+ Cross-Border Support™

Employee payroll processing

Year-end employee income tax documents

Statutory and elective benefits withholdings

Manage recurring payroll tasks and grid

Submit state and federal employer withholdings

Manage new state registrations

Offer large employer benefits through negotiated master agreement

Guide benefits offering and contribution strategy

Manage benefits implementation, enrollment, renewal and escalations

Provide statutory Workers' Compensation coverage through negotiated master agreement.

General HR and compliance guidance.

Complex HR and compliance guidance.

Comprehensive online portal

New hire setup and recurring portal tasks

Dedicated HR & Client Service Manager in or near your time zone

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Find out what our clients say about Foothold America

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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
PEO USA
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We currently use the Foothold America's Employer of Record 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
PEO USA
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We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our ex-pat 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

Do you want more options for hiring in the USA?

Explore our People Partnership Service™ (PPS) and Employer of Record (EOR) service.

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People Partnership Service™ (PPS)

We created People Partnership Service™ (PPS) for international organizations hiring more than 50 employees, (or a contractual need to hire employees directly) to help you navigate the process of setting up your US entity, onboarding, paying, and providing benefits to US employees, and managing the complex operational and HR processes of doing business in America.

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Employer of Record (EOR) Service

Our Employer of Record Service offers a turn-key, cost-effective solution for your company to have US employees anywhere in the country in as little as one week without the cost and complexity of setting up a US entity. This can be a significant advantage for companies looking to expand their US operations quickly.

Need help securing talent?
Check out Exclusive Talent Acquisition™ (ETA).

WHO WE ARE

We're real people. Not just platforms.

Our team of experts has the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the legal and administrative maze of doing business in the US.

Why choose to grow your business with Foothold America?

At Foothold America, we implement best practices available to ensure your smooth US expansion. 

Quick market entry
Quick market entry
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We leverage years of experience and provider relationships to quickly and efficiently register your company, get your EIN, or implement your payroll and benefits.
Premium support
Premium support
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The success of your business is important to us, and in fact, is our Number 1 corporate value. We have teams in the US, UK, and Europe at the ready to assist you.
Remain flexible
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Our solutions support you from market entry through maturity at your pace, meeting your needs as they change. Whether turn-key or bespoke, we focus on the best solution for you.
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CLIENT REVIEWS

Since 2015, thousands of businesses have put their trust in Foothold America.

10 days ago
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"Foothold America 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
1 year ago
1 year ago
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"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
2 months ago
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"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
7 months ago
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"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
9 months ago
9 months ago
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"We currently use Foothold America's Employer of Record 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
2 years ago
2 years ago
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"We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our expat staff and families without healthcare 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
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FAQ’s

Get answers to all your questions and take the first step towards a US business expansion.

The plus in PEO+ encompasses every aspect of the service. We take care of time-intensive administrative tasks as well as give guidance on complex issues you would have to handle on your own. See our handy table on this page for details.

Most PEOs require five employees. Foothold America designed PEO+ for international companies that often begin their journey slowly, so we welcome clients with just one employee. PEO+ is ideally suited for five to 50 employees.

To manage the compex ever-changing landscape of employment law, Foothold America relys on in-house and third-party experts.

The PEO and client have a co-employer relationship with employees. From the IRS perspective, the client company is the legal or Common Law Employer (CLE) and because the PEO processes payroll and end-of-year tax documents, they are considered by the IRS to be the employer of record. Please note, this is different than an Employer of Record service, which does not require a US entity.

Absolutely. Everyday management, performance, pay, and benefits decisions all remain with the client. The PEO has a legal obligation to deny hiring and demand firing of those without a legal right-to-work in the US. Please see the Client Service Agreement for details.

With PEO+, there are two interdependent contracts; one with Foothold America, and one with the PEO processor, Vensure Employer Solutions. PEO+ service is provided via a 12-month renewal contract that can be terminated with 60-days notice following the first year’s term.

Yes! While standard PEO services don’t include the development of policies and procedures, Foothold America created PEO+ to help international companies fully develop their people infrastructure.

As the employer, you have control over performance and disciplinary actions. However, your dedicated HR & Client Service manager is by your side to ensure you are aware of US best practices and regulations. 

Yes. When possible, we manage audits and investigations. When your company must respond directly, we back you up.

PEO+ Cross-Border Support™ is a comprehensive PEO solution that has all the turnkey benefits of a PEO (payroll, benefits, compliance, and withholding tax administration, etc.), plus the additional advice and admin support required by international companies doing business in the US. We lead the setup of your US HR program and develop bespoke onboarding processes that align with the way you do business in your home country. We handle the nuisance tasks that take time while giving you access to employee data and reports.

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